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For lunch, I went to a place called “Taqueria” – the least expensive version of “Mercadito”. Usually I love going there because combines two of my favorite things, Mexican food and saving money :). In the past I’ve never had any issues going there and eating. To be honest the first time I went I was kind of scared because the servings are very small, but to my surprise, very satisfying. Like I mentioned, I never had an issue with the order or the service, until today.

It was a perfect day outside. I decided to eat Mexican food, and of course the choice was “Taqueria”.  Like the previous times I placed my order: “Original Chicken, Original Carne and Original Carnita”. Patiently I waited for my food to arrived. In the meantime we ate regular guacamole and chipotle guacamole with tortilla chips.

I was super hungry when the food arrived. To my luck, my order was all wrong. Instead of giving me the “Original” they gave me the “Classic”. You have to understand, I love spices and food well seasoned and the classics only had cilantro and onions, while the originals had chipotle, corn, cheese, among other. Naturally, I sent the order back, it wasn’t what I ordered. The server/busboy, came  back, two times, with the same order and insisted “this is your order”. Finally I looked for the receipt and show them what I had ordered.

At that moment I went from being hungry to get sick. I felt like throwing up. I know, it’s only food, but I was super hungry and I knew what I ordered, I didn’t like the fact that I had to “fight” with the server/busboy to get the order right.

I don’t like having to send food back to the kitchen and the nervous plus the hunger made a bad combination. Luckly the food arrived shortly after the whole taco debacle, but instead of eating the three taquitos, I only ate one. I was so full of chips, guacamole, water and air that I couldn’t eat more. I thought that later I would eat it, but surprisingly I wasn’t hungry the rest of the day.

After all, sending the food back twice worked. Not that I’ll like for this to happens to me every time I go out to eat, but it helped! 🙂

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Picture this, you cooked the night before and feel super good about your menu. You take the food to your office to eat it during lunch.

One hour before lunch time arrives, a coworker asks you, “did you bring lunch?” you very proud say, “yes, I cooked last night”. Then you coworker tells you, “I didn’t bring anything. I’m going out to eat, do you want to come?”

All of the sudden, the food that you cooked the night before, the food that you are so proud of, doesn’t look that appetizing anymore and you end up eating out, wasting the food you cooked the night before, adding unnecessary calories and wasting money.

This story repeats itself almost every day but you don’t notice. Then when weigh-in day comes, you don’t see any changes and you start asking yourself, what happened?  Well you ate all your calories and the calories of others, that’s what happened.

So next time you cook and bring lunch, and your coworker ask you “do you want to go out for lunch” say “no thank you I have a very yummy lunch here. I’ll seat with you if you bring lunch back to the office”.

I know it’s not easy but think about all the calories and the money you’ll save!  Practice saying no and eventually you’ll feel empowered and in control of your lunch time, your calorie intake and your life!

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