That Girl Who Orders Salad

Looks tasty, right?  Er, not so much.You know the one.  You go to a nice restaurant with good food, or McDonald’s with not-so-good food, and she orders a salad.  Seriously?  Not french fries.  Not a burger.  Not a steak.  Salad.

I used to wonder at that girl.  Why would you order salad when you could order something better, something delicious, and fatty, and worth the price?  Please, I totally agreed with Homer Simpson when he chanted, ” You don’t win friends with salad.  You don’t win friends with salad.”  Heck, there’s even a book called Skinny Chicks Don’t Eat Salad.  (Not dissing the book, ’cause I haven’t read it.  Just sayin’.)

Now, I know why she does it.  I have become that girl (well, woman).

Don’t get me wrong.  I will not order a side salad or a salad with just greens.  Uh-uh.  It must follow my normal eating guidelines.  What does this translate to?

  • at least 2 cups of veggies (not usually a problem – it’s a salad)
  • 3 oz or so of meat, preferably lean (grilled chicken, grilled shrimp, and sirloin steak are what I usually choose)
  • dressing on the side, so that I can limit it to 1/2 to 1 tbsp
  • 1 to 2 servings of starch

Getting a healthy starch is the tricky part of the salad order, because from what I’ve seen, it’s usually garlic bread or cheese toast or, with my favourite salad, banana bread.  Sometimes you can get rice, whole wheat pasta, corn, or beans, but not that often.  I try not to get hung up on this, though, because my diet is healthy enough that it can absorb the occasional piece of garlic bread.  Don’t they say it’s all about moderation?

Restaurant Salads I Seem to Order A Lot:

Why I’ve Become That Girl:

Oh, I totally get why you don’t order salad when you go out.  I don’t order salad all the time, either.  If I go to The Keg, it seems wrong to order anything but steak (although I did order some fish there last time I went, and it was pretty good).  I will also order fish fairly often, depending on how it’s prepared, partly because it’s healthy and partly because I can’t seem to make good fish at home.  Plus, I don’t enjoy it when the house smells like fish.

Salad is one of the few things you can order that can pretty much guarantee that you’ll get a few servings of veggies at a meal.  Why is that important to me?

  • Because veggies are good for you (vitamins, minerals, fibre, water, etc.)
  • Because I need to eat lots of veggies to feel full and not want to gnaw at my arm later
  • Because I try to eat healthfully most of the time, and that means I need to make healthy choices most of the time when I eat out, too
  • Because veggies are low-calorie and filling, and I want to lose weight
  • Because I feel superior to you when I eat lots of veggies and you order a clubhouse and fries (I’m only partly kidding)

I’ve had a fantasy for the past fifteen years that I could eat all the chocolate and bread I wanted and lose weight.  Not gonna happen.  Isn’t it Einstein who said that the definition of insanity was “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results?”  Well, I’ve made major changes to how I eat and how much I exercise, and it’s working.  If that means I order a salad when everyone else order lasagna, so be it.  You can be sure I won’t be the one at the table regretting my order later.


9 thoughts on “That Girl Who Orders Salad

  1. couchpotatoathlete says:

    I love this post — I too always wanted to be that girl who could eat 5 hamburgers and stay stick thin — well, that just doesn’t work!

    I too am “that girl who orders a salad” — I want to feel good when I leave a restaurant or party, and I do not want to feel stuffed to the gills with a big burger (well, maybe once in a while I get the burger…)


  2. lisaou11 says:

    hahah! I feel superior when I eat healthy sometimes too ;). That being said, I don’t need to lose weight and am to the point where I can order a hamburger and be ok.

    But, sometimes salads really hit the spot!


  3. Kat says:

    Salad ladies unite! Usually I determine whether there’s something at that restaurant (if I’ve been there before), that I’ll just die if I miss-out on, otherwise, it’s always salads.

    Times to skip salads: When you’re at restaurants where literally everything else on the menu is fried. These people don’t “do” fresh things and from experience, may forget to wash the iceberg lettuce. These are times where you should hit the fries. Food poisoning blows.


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