Kevin worked late last night so I grabbed dinner with my sister. My two favorite cuisines are Japanese (sushi, specifically) and Thai, and luckily, those are two of my sister’s favorites as well. Given this, we headed over to Sea Thai to satisfy our Thai cravings. Between the holidays and many social activities, I feel like I’ve been eating very heavily. I know I need to slow down the eating train to set healthy habits with grad school starting and as my time and energy to workout decreases. My goal is to balance inevitable shortage of gym time with healthier eating.
Usually when I go out for Thai food, I lick my plate clean, and that plate is usually full of a huge mound of either white rice soaked in creamy curry or carb-laden pad thai. Last night I tried to eat lighter, but forgoing my Thai staples was not an easy task.
I didn’t completely miss out on my favorites. My sister and I shared an order of shrimp summer rolls to start.
After much deliberation over my entree, I finally settled on the garlic and pepper tofu. It sounded light and healthy.
Then it came out, and I realized the tofu was fried. Whoops. A for effort? The tofu was served with broccoli on a bed of steamed cabbage in a sweet and garlicky sauce. There was chopped garlic sprinkled all over the tofu. The dish was served with rice, which I didn’t need to eat. The tofu was plenty. Although it wasn’t my old reliable curry or pad thai, I really enjoyed it. The garlic made everything taste so fresh, and the sauce was delicious. I may request the tofu not fried next time. I think the dish would be just as wonderful.
Even though it was a small step, I felt good about my dining decisions, and that really is half the battle. Plus, I felt much better at the gym this morning than I would have the morning after a super filling meal.
What are your tricks for saying no to tempting foods?