Adriana Lima’s Diet Trick: BYO Salad

adriana limaOne of the world's most famous supermodels walks into a restaurant in Miami. She a) orders a water and watches others eat, b) enjoys a robust meal and laughs with her friends, c) whips a salad out of her purse and asks the staff if it's cool if she eats her own fare. If the supermodel is Adriana Lima, then the answer is C. After posing in Victoria's Secret Very Sexy lingerie at an event in Miami, Adriana joined fellow angels Erin Heatherton, Candice Swanepoel, and a few other friends at Asia de Cuba for some grub. But she wasn't having anything on the menu -- Adriana BYO'd a salad of spinach, bell peppers, chicken, and oil-free dressing to the well-known restaurant because she didn't want to deviate from her strict diet.

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ...

I'm not quite sure what to make of this. At first I thought that it sounded totally obnoxious, self-serving, and rude to bring your own meal to a restaurant. I couldn't imagine sitting down to dinner with my friends at a hot spot like Asia de Cuba and, like, stirring up my own mix of veggies at the table. But then again, my body ain't my money maker.

The Brazilian beauty makes a living looking perfect and she's gotta do everything in her power to keep herself in tip-top shape.

Enjoying a delicious meal at a delicious restaurant is, to me, one of life's greatest pleasures. And when it's the exception, not the norm, it's relaxing and fun to enjoy some well-prepared and thoughtful food made by a professional. But when you're on the road all the time like Adriana, and restaurants become part of the daily routine, it can wreak havoc on your diet. Ms. Lima knows this and has totally accounted for it.

While you won't see me toting my own spinach, well, anywhere, I see where Adriana's coming from. As long as she's gracious to the server and makes appropriate concessions, I don't really see the harm.

How do you maintain your diet when travelling and eating out? Would you ever consider the BYO salad method if you're meeting a group at a restaurant?


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Kritika Kritika

But then again, my body ain't my money maker.

Exactly. I think if I were in her shoes I'd do the same thing!

Kwiat2 Kwiat2

Must be a miserable existence if you can't even enjoy something new at a good restaurant. I'm sure she could've asked the chef for something that followed her diet.

nonmember avatar Kay

I think as long as others at the table are ordering things and picking up the problem.

nonmember avatar Sheepypie

I don't blame her. I've eaten at Asia de Cuba, and it is not a low-fat menu. Of course, I'm not a model, and I was on my honeymoon, so I indulged. :) But, I think they would have made her what she wanted. Just have your "people" call the restaurant ahead of time and request a spinach salad. Or have them bring her salad to the restaurant and at least have the restaurant serve it to her so it looked like she ordered it. It's kind of tacky to whip it out of your purse.

nonmember avatar Dannan

I think people make a big deal out of nothing. It's not like she demanded to eat her salad or just started eating without asking. If the restaurant didn't care why should anyone else? Waste of a headline if you ask me.

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