Hey everyone, Coach Mike here!

I love to eat. I love to eat a lot.

And if you are a foodie like me, you probably agree.

If you enjoy the practice of eating one or two really large meals per day, you’re probably also going to find that restaurant portions just don’t cut it. One way I have chosen to add extra volume to a meal, increase nutrient content and tamp down on starchy, heavy carbs, which leave me feeling sluggish and then hungry hours later… Ask for the veggies.

“May I swap those out for veggies?“
“May I order some extra veggies?“
and “Could you please bring out the roasted Brussels sprouts appetizer with my entrée?” are frequent phrases you might hear if you dine out with me.

And, yes – I’ll have as much bacon and butter as those things can soak up.

Why? Firstly, more nutrient-dense vegetables…duh. 🙂

Secondly, I am replacing the chips, fries and junk carbohydrates that just aren’t going to help me reach my fitness goals.

And thirdly, the practice of adding extra volume to my meals with extra veggies has saved me from having to order a second entrée to feel satisfied or raiding the kids’ pizza, which is still sitting out on the kitchen counter when Jessica and I get home from date night.

Because you know that babysitter didn’t put it away. 

It’s just sitting there, taunting you, daring you not to eat it, like a greasy, gluteny mess of a Lays commercial – “Bet you can’t eat just one!”


So, whether you like EATING BIG or just like ENHANCING HEALTHY FOOD, next time you’re dining out, ASK FOR THE VEGGIES!

… and tell the babysitter to put the pizza away.

Coach Mike

PS – not feeling particularly excited to swap those fries for veggies? Give it a try, just for today. 

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