Tips for eating out


Restaurants can undermine your dedication to a healthy diet. There is a way to work with restaurants especially with all the dining out that happens over the holidays.

Eat like you do at home.

Eating out is not license to go crazy and eat whatever you want. Does the restaurant meet your style of eating? If it’s all fried and that’s not you, leave.

Pick your restaurant thoughtfully.

Don’t go to a spot because it’s close if it doesn’t have healthy fare. Don’t pick the neighborhood hot spot if it’s all nachos and buffalo wings. Branch out. Push a little further and find a new place that meets your needs.

It doesn’t hurt to visualize your meal.

Before you get there, think about the fresh salad with beautiful in season vegetables. Think about flavor and texture. Imagine how good you will feel after eating a tasty, satisfying, healthy meal. Once you get there you won’t be as tempted to go for the heavy stuff.

Watch for hidden fats.

These can sneak in as chefs aim to increase flavor profile. Extra large portions of salad dressing, mayonnaise, butter and parmesan cheese add flavor but also a ton of unwanted fat. Ask for spreads and sauces on the side Ask for half the usual amount.

And watch out for the freebies: bread and chips on the table. If they are standard issue at the restaurant tell your server “no” before it ever hits the table. Think about it? Do you eat these at home while you are waiting for your dinner? Or is that the very type of snacking that is verboten? If it’s a smart practice at home, take it with you to the restaurant.


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