nicelyproportioned saidWhen I'm at a restaurant where the menu seems to lack any healthy choices, I tell the waitstaff that I'm a fitness model and that my livelihood depends on keeping in shape. Invariably I'm offered a healthy -- and tasty -- meal cooked with little added fat.
I'm sure you get a free super-size serving of eye-rolling whenever you grace everyone with your presence!
I misquoted myself above. When I'm traveling, if I'm especially concerned about the menu, I sometimes say that I work not as a fitness model but as a fit
model -- the kind designers use to make sure their clothes are the correct size -- and that staying the same size is important.
Yes, this might sound obnoxious, but for social and business reasons I often find myself at restaurants where eating healthfully is the last thing on anyone's minds. It has been said (by Anthony Bourdain, I believe) that a diner at a fine restaurant should expect to consume a stick-and-a-half of butter during his meal-- not to mention whatever other creams, meats, and other ingredients are included.
If I tell the waitperson that I'm health-conscious -- that I worked very hard to lose the weight and that I don't want to risk regaining it -- no one wants to hear it. The chef feels offended that someone might suggest that his meals are less than healthy; the other diners don't want to be reminded about that stick-and-a-half of butter they're about to eat. By putting it in economic terms -- by saying that my livelihood depends on staying a certain size -- no one takes offense.
My other option is simply not to eat everything, to stick to what looks healthy and to avoid what doesn't.
And to dance it all off at a club later that night.