What does one eat when in a bar?
Bar food, of course.
The bar options: The Brown Bear vs. The Antler: Horniest Bar Around (There were deer heads with antlers gracing the walls. On the antlers hung Mardi Gras beads. Unique décor, indeed.)
They’re directly across the street from each other in a small Michigan town where the restaurant choices are limited.
Mr. Non-Compliant and I opted for The Antler. With the crowd outside, it was winning over The Brown Bear.
If you’re going to eat bar food, go for the best.
The wait was such that we took the first available spot—2 seats at the bar.
We’ve learned that eating at the bar can be quite entertaining. We meet some fun people.
And we typically get quick service because the bartender is right there to take our order.
Now the big decision. WHAT to order?
Much to my surprise, Mr. NC had a burger, fries and a SALAD!
Was he feverish? Or was he up to something?
I went all out—a burger with sautéed mushrooms and onions on a gluten free bun. My side? After inquiring about the vegetable combo, I went with the sweet potato waffle fries for that extra Vitamin A.
Yes, I could have chosen mixed greens with dried cherries and sunflower seeds as my entrée. This, too, is bar food when it’s on the menu.
Don’t get worried. I haven’t lost my mind. Earlier that same day I enjoyed a huge, tossed salad and a fresh peach.
I’ll be just fine.
Which leads me to the 80/20 rule.
You don’t have to eat perfectly 100% of the time to improve your health.
Making smart choices at least 80% of the time is doable, sustainable and will help you reach your health and fitness goals.
And it will keep you from going on an eating binge because you’ve been denying yourself a favorite food for what feels like forever.
80/20. Give it a try and see what happens.
Health Coach Carol
“Moderation. Small Helpings. Sample A Little Bit Of Everything. These Are The Secrets Of Happiness And Good Health.” –Julia Child