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Over a year ago I was in some serious pain. It was the third or fourth time I had a flare-up, and was by far the worst.

I couldn’t walk, stand, sit, sleep or move without excruciating pain shooting down my leg. Driving was unbearable. And don’t even get me started on putting on socks…

Steroids and pain relievers just weren’t doing much, so I’d decided to try getting a spinal cortisone injection. I honestly thought that surgery was the next unavoidable step.

The spinal injection had little or no effect. I was at a decision point. Surgery or Physical Therapy (again).
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Weight… What?

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Weight… What?

(tips and tricks from a couple of foodies)

My wife and I eat out a lot. So how do we stay healthy when dining on restaurant food?

Spread Out!
When ordering a sandwich, skip the mayo, aioli, pesto, cream cheese or other spreads.

This cuts down the calories significantly.

If you’d like some for flavor, ask for it on the side, then just use it sparingly.

Undressed!
The big mistake people make when ordering something healthy like a salad is to trust the restaurant to put on the dressing. Don’t do it!

For most of our salads, we order them undressed, and use a bit of balsamic vinegar for flavor (no oil).

You might also get the dressing on the side. Choose a lighter dressing like a vinaigrette rather than a ranch or other creamy dressing.

Grease Me Up!
If you have a choice between grilled, sauteed or fried, go for grilled.

Second best would be sauteed.

Make sure they don’t add extra butter or oil.

Other Tips…

  • Have sandwich bread toasted, no butter. Skip the “grilled bread” or “Texas toast”.
    Bread that’s been slathered in butter and grilled is just a greasy, gross mess to eat!
  • Get sauces and dressings “on the side” (or skip them altogether)
  • Having pasta? Watch out for the heavy cream-based sauces and cheese. Go for a lighter choice like tomato sauce or primavera.
  • Watch the salt! Eating out can also introduce a lot of salt into your diet. When possible, get food without the extra salt. This can be difficult, especially in soups and sauces.
  • Choose your restaurant wisely. Some places are just easier to eat healthy at – make a not of those, and frequent them more often.
  • Desserts are fine, in moderation. Just don’t have one with every meal. Order something small… or better yet, share with a friend!

Managing your weight can be a difficult proposition when eating out. But it’s not impossible if you’re aware of the pitfalls and follow a few simple rules.

Happy Eating!
Joe

 

All content written and voiced by Joe J Thomas online at: JoeActor.com

 

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New Wife!

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New Wife!

Wife: Before and After

Over the past 3+ years, my wife has made an amazing transformation. Several amazing transformations actually.

She’s dropped at least 50 pounds, lowered her blood pressure, adapted to a healthier diet, and taken up yoga and hiking with a passion. Yeah, passion – that’s the word for it!
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Bathrooms!

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All About Bathrooms!

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*** Warning! *** This blog post talks candidly about bathrooms and related, potentially disgusting things… reader discretion is advised!

Bathrooms. We all use them, but who talks about them? Well, I’m ready to break my silence and crack the window on the room with the porcelain throne.  Let’s dive in! (eeeewwww…)
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Walking The Earth

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Walking The Earth

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Exercise as a way of life…

My wife and I like to walk. It’s our daily bit of exercise every morning together. We also work out in other ways, but the walking has become our “thing”. We even have technology to help us measure and keep goals.  I’ve got the Nike FuelBand, and my wife has a FitBit One.
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