5 Healthy Tips for Eating Out
People think being healthy means restrictions, deprivation, and dissatisfaction, but that is simply not the case! Living a healthy life isn’t a short-term goal, it’s a journey! It shouldn’t make you feel like you have to miss out on fun times or dampen your social life.
Many get togethers (whether it’s for birthdays, holidays, or just a fun night out) revolve around food and drinks, and that doesn’t always mesh well with your health goals. But don’t worry, there are ways you can go out to eat with friends and family without sabotaging your health goals.
Here are a few tips for the next time you dine out!
1. Don’t be afraid to ask for substitutions or modifications to make your order healthier.
The restaurant should be willing and happy to accommodate.
Ask if they offer:
• Salad or side of vegetables instead of fries or starchy sides.
•Grilled chicken instead of breaded chicken.
•Vinaigrette instead of cream bases. (Order on the side and only use the amount you need.)
2. Limit alcohol and avoid sodas or other sugary drinks.
Alcohol and soda’s pack a lot of extra calories and sugar, at least 95+ calories per serving. Go for water or unsweetened teas instead. Drinking water with your meal will also help with digestion so you’ll feel less weighed down later.
3. Take your time and engage in conversation with your friends at dinner.
Keeping your hunger in check can help you prevent overeating or snacking so you can keep up on your progress. After all, the last thing you want to do is backtrack on any weight loss you’ve worked so hard for.
Bring healthy snacks with you when you’re out and about, drink plenty of water, and don’t forget your truCONTROL! When you do eat your meals, think of filling up on fiber (like veggies and whole grains) and protein first.
4. Watch portion sizes.
Most restaurant dishes give you way more than one serving of food. A good suggestion is to eat half and take the rest home for leftovers later. This makes eating out more cost effective too!
5. Feel free to adjust your calories for the day.
Want an appetizer, entree, and dessert or an extra glass of wine? Adjust your calories for the day accordingly so you don’t exceed your limit, and get your workout in before you go out to eat.
Remember, one night out or meal won’t ruin your progress just like one workout won’t make you fit overnight. Take the time to enjoy yourself now and then!