Ever since I have started on my low carb high fat journey I have started using a “food bag” to take to restaurants. I think I started this to signify my new life and new way of eating. In it I keep what I consider to be the essentials of a low carb high fat lifestyle.
For all you voyeurs and curious alike out there I will list the contents:
-Sunflower seeds or wasabi edamame seeds to add some zing and crunch to salad… and yes, I realize Edamame is soy. I don’t have that much though.
-Butter packs they give you at restaurants so I’m not stuck with margarine, ever!
-A large pill bottle full of Ghee, which is clarified butter (butter without the dairy) so it is table safe.
-Bottle of Davinci sugar free syrup for coffee or Starbuck’s sugar free. My favourite flavour of the moment is Vanilla. Yum!
-A couple flavour packets of flavoured Splenda for emergencies when the syrup runs out.
-A couple of napkins for “more than one napkin is needed” emergencies… they happen more often than my messy self would care to admit.
-Cheap bottle of small hot sauce when I don’t want to bug the waitress or hunt down the Tobasco myself.
-Crystal lite flavoured powder to stir into regular water so I force myself to re-hydrate.
-Low carb flat wraps cut into thirds for when I want to eat a bacon cheeseburger with my hands and not a knife and fork.
I’m sure there are other things in there but you get the idea. I carry around these items in a fashionable pink “Baby Phat” makeup bag which my mom has nicknamed either my restaurant kit or more commonly “Food Bag”. If we’re meeting for a meal after work I will remind her to grab my “food bag”.
I used to be conscious about using my “food bag” in restaurants but I’ve gotten over it. People are either fascinated or horrified when they see me put extra butter or Ghee on my eggs (or under them so it melts). I will either give them a “you’re staring” look or make a comment that I’m on a low carb diet. Sometimes it opens up an interesting conversation. I am proud of my weight and health accomplishments and am proud to talk about it also.
I figure that unless they are paying for my meal they don’t have a right to judge what I do to my food. Even if they did pay for it, I would be paying for it in bad health if I ate the way of the S.A.D. (interesting acronym eh?), Standard American Diet.
I’ve become proud of my “food bag” over the years and realized I missed it on the cruise. It’s like having an old friend join you for brunch everyday. You notice it’s absense and realize something is missing.
Either you will be inspired as a low carber to start your own food bag; this will obviously work better for ladies than gents. Or you will think I’m more nuts than you originally thought. Either way, God bless 😉
Laurie “Avalanche” Rosen