Better lifestyle habits can help you reduce your risk for heart attack, lose weight and help you be healthier.
What regular habits do people who have a healthy lifestyle maintain?
- Prepare food in advance for quick grab meals
- Educate themselves about nutrition and fitness by subscribing to 1 or two credible magazines or newsletters
- Drink alcohol moderately. (Less than 2 per day for men or 1 per day for women)
- Eat a healthy breakfast daily
- Shop wisely. Use a list. Read labels
- Pantry stocked with healthy foods and kept purged of unhealthy ones
- Plan meals weekly
- Pack their lunch and snacks
- Eat 4-5 times a day
- Go out to eat infrequently
- Get enough sleep
- Regular physician check ups
- Weekly 4 hour+ fitness activity
- Weigh once a week
- Have friends who have a healthy lifestyle
Some restaurant menu items are a whole lot unhealthier than others.
I looked at the menus of the country’s leading restaurant chains, and these are some of the unhealthiest items.
Eat at Your Own Risk!
IHOP Chicken Fried Steak and Eggs with Country Gravy 1750 calories 107 g fat
Applebees Chicken Quesadilla Grande 1330 calories 76 g fat
Applebees Boneless Wings, Hot Buffalo 1240 calories 77 g fat
Baja Fresh Burrito Ultimo: Crispy Wahoo w/ Tortillas 1260 calories 43 g fat
Baja Burrito: Shrimp 760 calories 37 g fat
Baja Fresh Diablo Burrito: Shrimp 1060 calories 34 g fat
P.F. Chang’s Pork Lo Mein 1820 calories 127 g fat
Ruby Tuesday Bella Turkey Burger 1145 calories 71 g fat
Krispy Kreme Caramel Kreme Crunch 380 calories 21 g fat
Chipotle Mexican Grill Chicken Burrito 1179 calories 47 g fat
Outback Aussie Cheese Fries Ranch Dressing 2900 calories 182 g Fat
Chili’s Choc Chip Paradise Pie & Vanilla Ice Cream 1600 calories 78 g fat
McDonalds Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips 830 calories 55 g fat
Starbucks Venti Strawberries and Crème Frappucino 750 calories 120 g sugar
Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. 1/2-Pound Thickburger El Diablo 1380 calories 92 g fat
Denny’s Double Cheeseburger 1,120 calories 67 g fat
3 1/2 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/2 red bell pepper, cut in 1/2 inch squares
1/4 small sweet onion, cut in 1/2 inch squares
You may also substitute small mushroom caps for 1/4 pepper or onion, if desired.
1 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
2 drops Worcestershire Sauce
1 Garlic Clove, finely chopped
1 dash Cayenne Pepper, if you like it spicy
Mix marinade in a medium size bowl. Cut chicken into chunks and place into the bowl. Mix so that marinade covers chicken evenly. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
Meanwhile cut the vegetables.
Arrange chicken, peppers and onion on metal skewers.
Grill skewers or sauté in skillet (using non-stick cooking spray) approximately 15-20 minutes until done. Serves 1.
142 calories, 23 g protein, 7 g carbohydrate and 1 gram fat.