Asking Never Hurt Anyone

I overheard one member talking to another about her dinner out at Bonefish Grill (one of my favorite places).   Not only was her experience eye-opening for me but it came with good advice for any restaurant you eat in.

She decided not to use her points on carbs but got what she thought (and me too because I had it the last time I was there) was a healthy alternative – steamed vegetables.  Thankfully she mentioned to her server that she was on Weight Watchers.  The server said “Oh, I’ll tell them not to put the butter on the vegetables then!”  I guess I’m naive because I never would have thought that steamed vegetables came any other way but just steamed.

This got me to thinking.  Many restaurants are listing healthy alternatives on their menus.  Some even mark them with a symbol so you know which ones to choose.  But no matter what it is a good practice to get into – ASK!  Ask them if they can put salad dressing on the side, ask them if the steamed vegetables come with butter or some kind of flavoring or sauce on them (and if you don’t want it ask them to not prepare it that way), ask if you can have a salad or vegetable instead of a starch/carb at no extra cost.

It is your body, your wallet – don’t hesitate to ask.  If they don’t comply then vote with your wallet and go elsewhere.

I learned from her to not trust the menu and the words or symbols on it to be my guide.  I need to take control of my journey and asking is just one way I can do that.


Posted on October 17, 2011, in Tips and Tricks and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Good advice. I never would have thought that steamed vegetables would have butter on them either. Live and learn!

  2. Yes, I was quite taken by surprise. But I’m armed now when I eat out – asking is a very powerful tool.

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