Eating out should not be an excuse for eating unhealthy yet so many people see it as an opportunity to discard their healthy eating plans. If you have a sincere desire to maintain your healthy eating goals when eating out, here are a few tips to help you stay focused:
Before you leave the house, go online and check the nutritional facts. By checking ahead of time you increase your chances of ordering something pretty close to your goals. If you’re dealing with high blood pressure for example, you will be amazed at how much salt is in food that should be basically salt free, like broccoli for example. I won’t make a long story longer, but suffice it to say: Check the nutritional facts before you leave home.
When you get to the restaurant, order from the skinny menu which tends to have less calories and much healthier options.
If you’re focusing on portion control and don’t trust yourself to order a full menu order from the hors d’oeuvres or small plate menu.
Limit the intake of the pre-meal bread and butter that they put on the table. Why double the calories before you even get your main course? Besides, eating less bread means that you can enjoy a little bit more of your meal.
Try to eat clean by asking to have dressing, creams, butter, and sauces on the side. By doing this you can limit the amount of calories you eat.
Drink water, tea, and coffee over sugary beverages. Again, why add extra calories when you don’t have to. You want a little more than just plain water? Ask for lemon or lime slices to squeeze that little something extra into it.
If your meal is too much to eat at one setting, what a great opportunity to practice portion control! Ask for a takeout box so you can eat it another day, another time.
Ordering pizza? Don’t be shy. Have it your way and simply say, “Light on the cheese please.”