been working at a mexican restaurant for 5 yrs......

  • helios01

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    Jan 14, 2011 10:00 AM GMT
    Hey guys,
    Hope you guys can help me out. i Have tried to eat healthier but it is hard while i work the night shift (10hrs) at a mexican restaurant where the only healthy thing is lettuce. I have tried limiting my fatty food intake, but i am still fluffy and gained more pnds. I figured the clean up is my exercise (cleaning up tables and sweeping and mopping at closing.) Do you guys think my body got use to the exercise and might have to add more activities to my life? Anything i can do to eat better? i spend most of my time at work... school costs a lot....
  • pelotudo87

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    Jan 14, 2011 12:41 PM GMT
    Maybe you could make something healthy at home and bring it to work with you?

    And as far as busing table being exercise--it is, but probably not enough. You probably aren't adding much muscle doing that, which you need to do if you want to raise your basal metabolic rate and burn more calories. Do you have a gym membership? Or at least can you do some exercises at home?
  • rebelbeard

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    Jan 14, 2011 12:51 PM GMT
    I worked at Applebee's for over 5 years and I used to bring my breakfast and lunch. I did have my dinner there though (especially when working doubles). You can always create your own meals or totally mod current dishes. It's all about wil power and routine. Good luck!
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    Jan 14, 2011 12:55 PM GMT
    helios01 said i work the night shift (10hrs) at a mexican restaurant where the only healthy thing is lettuce.

    What about fajitas? Just eat the grilled chicken or beef and lose the sour cream, rice, tortillas, and so on. And of course avoid the chips.
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    Jan 14, 2011 12:58 PM GMT
    You can eat somewhat healthily at a Mexican restaurant - particularly if you can influence the cook like you can. Grilled Chicken Fajitas, for example, are fine if you tell them to lay off the oil & butter when grilling - grilled chicken, peppers, onions (a bit of olive oil for cooking). Put it on a bed of shredded lettuce with some chopped tomato and/or hot sauce for flavor (perhaps a small dollop of guac) and you have a healthy fajita salad. Cheese / sour cream / tortillas should be avoided if you are trying to lose weight.
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    Jan 14, 2011 2:41 PM GMT
    fluffy. haha, nice description.

    Its probably due to the fact that you;re not getting enough sleep during the night, seeing as you work and then i assume have class and homework all day. When your body lacks sleep, it seeks carbs to sustain itself and raise your endorphins. If you are to keep this lifestylee, you need to hit up your school's gym, since its most likely included in your school fees. Go for an hour or two before work and that will raise your endorphins and give you the energy to stay healthy and be able to say no to those antojitoguadelarafaghitachimichangastuffedburritos...that i crave right now...haha.

    good luck senor.
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    Jan 14, 2011 2:57 PM GMT

    You should avoid actually eating in the resturaunt. Theres nothing stopping you from bringing in your own food as an office worker would.

    If I ate in any resturauntt 5 days a week I'd see the KG's pack on.
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    Jan 14, 2011 3:03 PM GMT
    Run from the Mexican food, pronto! When my co-workers go out for Mexican I usually decline or just order the ceviche. There is very little that comes out of the kitchen at a Mexican restaurant that I would consider healthy. One poster already gave good advice: grilled chicken, lettuce, tomatoes. Eschew everything else.
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    Jan 14, 2011 4:01 PM GMT
    I've been working at a Mexican food restaurant for three years and I've had no problem eating healthy their. I usually eat grilled chicken, carnitas or steak tacos on corn tortillas with light sauce and guacamole. Others suggested bringing your own food. I do that sometimes as well. One of my favorite things to bring is tuna and oatmeal. They literally take four minutes to pack before I'm out the door and as a plus, it doesn't take long to eat them. Oh, and there's always making your own protein shakes. For the most part, it just takes some planning ahead.
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    Jan 14, 2011 4:16 PM GMT
    I agree with the suggestions to bring something from home. I have never worked at a restaurant but, I would guess that I would grow tired of the menu after five days a week for five years, even if it was healthy.
  • neosyllogy

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    Jan 14, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    What the hell are people smoking when they say Mexican food is unhealthy?!
    Mexican food is hella healthy!
    Mexican fast food used to be like 1/2 (slight exaggeration) of my diet.
    If you get a fried foods, cheese grilled quesadilla, butter drenched items, or cover things in guac and sourcream and eat way too much - then, yeah, not so healthy. But that's just you making bad choices.

    Chicken, rice, beans, cheese <-- that's all great stuff. Tortillas are a bit empty as calories go, but no big as long as you're getting enough protein and fat (which shouldn't be a problem; and you can always take burritos or even enchiladas "naked").

    Seriously, Mexican food rocks and is really easy to eat healthily. Just choose what you get on that burrito, don't over eat, and probably stay away from the quesadillas.


    [Edit: Wait. Did you say you consider cleaning tables and mopping floors to be your exercise? Troll, much? I used to wait, being on your feet a bunch and hustling isn't bad for you and is tiring in it's own way, but I would not call that my "exercise".]
  • Celticmusl

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    Jan 14, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    I agree, mexican food is healthy. A California style veggie burrito and I'm all set.
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    Jan 14, 2011 5:35 PM GMT
    neosyllogy saidWhat the hell are people smoking when they say Mexican food is unhealthy?!
    Mexican food is hella healthy!
    Mexican fast food used to be like 1/2 (slight exaggeration) of my diet.
    If you get a fried foods, cheese grilled quesadilla, butter drenched items, or cover things in guac and sourcream and eat way too much - then, yeah, not so healthy. But that's just you making bad choices.

    Chicken, rice, beans, cheese <-- that's all great stuff. Tortillas are a bit empty as calories go, but no big as long as you're getting enough protein and fat (which shouldn't be a problem; and you can always take burritos or even enchiladas "naked").

    Seriously, Mexican food rocks and is really easy to eat healthily. Just choose what you get on that burrito, don't over eat, and probably stay away from the quesadillas.


    [Edit: Wait. Did you say you consider cleaning tables and mopping floors to be your exercise? Troll, much? I used to wait, being on your feet a bunch and hustling isn't bad for you and is tiring in it's own way, but I would not call that my "exercise".]


    ^this
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    Jan 14, 2011 10:23 PM GMT
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    neosyllogy saidWhat the hell are people smoking when they say Mexican food is unhealthy?!
    Mexican food is hella healthy!
    Mexican fast food used to be like 1/2 (slight exaggeration) of my diet.
    If you get a fried foods, cheese grilled quesadilla, butter drenched items, or cover things in guac and sourcream and eat way too much - then, yeah, not so healthy. But that's just you making bad choices.

    Chicken, rice, beans, cheese <-- that's all great stuff. Tortillas are a bit empty as calories go, but no big as long as you're getting enough protein and fat (which shouldn't be a problem; and you can always take burritos or even enchiladas "naked").

    Seriously, Mexican food rocks and is really easy to eat healthily. Just choose what you get on that burrito, don't over eat, and probably stay away from the quesadillas.


    [Edit: Wait. Did you say you consider cleaning tables and mopping floors to be your exercise? Troll, much? I used to wait, being on your feet a bunch and hustling isn't bad for you and is tiring in it's own way, but I would not call that my "exercise".]


    ^this


    What type of Mexican food have you guys been eating?!

    You are aware that lots of Mexicans like to cook with lard. Those beans and rice aren't cook with olive oil dear...

    To the OP. Just make some stuff at home and bring it to work,because there is only soo much healthy stuff you can eat at a restaurant before you get bored.
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    Jan 14, 2011 10:28 PM GMT
    Love Mexican food!!! Just watch the guacamole and sour cream....icon_eek.gif

    And working those long shifts, you're probably on your feet most of the time.........Just Watch The Late Night Before You Go To Bed Eating!!!
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    Jan 14, 2011 10:38 PM GMT
    I used to be really fat and working in an office environment. It can be hard to take care of yourself too because of work or the food you're exposed to, but you need to find exercise -- find a 24 hour gym and commit to working out around your schedule, also prepare your own food and take it to work for lunch like lean meats and leafy greens and veggies.
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    Jan 14, 2011 10:51 PM GMT
    I know this doesnt help but i love chimichangas and enchiladas... yummmmmmmmmmm
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    Jan 15, 2011 6:14 AM GMT
    Like everyone said Mexican food isn't horrible. Just stay away from the refried beans and anything else that's made with lard. And don't order off the menu. Just tell the cooks to grill up a chicken breast, plain. Saute/stir fry some veggies in light oil. Add a side of brown rice. You're all set.
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    Jan 15, 2011 6:53 AM GMT
    I am sure after 5 years you have a good repor with the owners/chef?

    Ask them to throw some healthier options through the grill for you. Brown rice, chicken, beef, tomato salsa doesn't contain a lot of fat. Avocado is good fat, just stay clear of the sour cream, cheese and anything processed. icon_smile.gif

    Diet/food is 80% of the battle with exercise the other 20%.
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    Jan 15, 2011 7:01 AM GMT
    You lucky basterd, u get to eat enchiladas everyday n drink orchata :i
  • FredMG

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    Jan 15, 2011 7:21 AM GMT
    don't forget about portion control.
    - There's nothing wrong with 1/4 cup of guacamole, it's healthy fat, and if that's your fat intake for the day, love it.

    But yeah, how 'bout carne asada? pollo asada, pescado asada, fajitas, veggie fajitas?

    check out the USDA's calorie counter/portion suggestions. take an old metal 1 cup measure and mesure your stuff out. A few cups of grilled fajita veggies, a torilla, a half cup of beans and a half cup of rice and a piece of grilled meat about the size of the palm of you hand is a pretty satifying meal.
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    Jan 15, 2011 7:26 AM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidAvoid the corn tortillas, chihuahua cheese, the sour cream, the guacamole and focus on the lean cuts of Mexican food.

    But really, what is the point if you omit all of those ingredients? Might as well just throw a bland chicken breast on the grill at home and buy salsa in a jar.


    I think most salsas in Mexican restaurants are reasonably healthy and low in fat. Stick with that and go easy on the rice.


    Dont hate on the cheese!!!
    When I eat real food its covered in chihuahua or soy sauce icon_mad.gif
    Just means you have to put more effort into the workout icon_lol.gif
  • helios01

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    Jan 15, 2011 10:30 AM GMT
    IsmeIvan saidYou lucky basterd, u get to eat enchiladas everyday n drink orchata :i


    lol this was my reaction when i got hired... woosh .... i hit 240 here. >_<

    This helps, i was unaware sour cream was unhealthy... I just need some help because normally i dont have time to make a lunch to take, i usually go to work after school... And i try to cook my chicken with olive oil... is that good or bad btw? But since i am taking this semester off, i think im going to join a gym...
    i thought just the walking and cleaning did the trick for exercise. I mostly want to have a good bod for my birthday in may ^_^
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    Jan 18, 2011 5:34 AM GMT
    ive also worked at a Mexican restaurant for several years. i know my place inside and out - whats in every dish, sauce and marinade. ive been creative about eating healthy but i definitely indulge a few times a week. i think the best thing for me is being there so long that i lose the desire to eat there cuz im so sick of looking at the food. but my place is hugely popular in boston and for a reason cuz the food is bomb - id rather 'cheat' here and there then pig out one day with a bunch of terrible shit. if i let myself eat something really good a few times a week then i tend to not randomly sample a bunch of crap over the course of the week.
    i always carry protein bars on me and drink tons of water. my best advice is familiarize yourself with everything (although after 5 years i hope you would have already) and get creative. being around food all day is tough especially when yer running yer ass off.