It can sometimes be a challenge to eat healthy when you eat out. There are too many temptations that abound. Some people tend to over eat when they dine out; eating healthy when you eat out is not impossible to do, you just have to stay focused and not get carried away. Oftentimes, people get tempted or get swayed to eating more or not eating healthy when eating out, stating it only happens just once in a while. Unfortunately, that once in a while gets compounded, and may change your eating habit for the worse if you do not watch out. Some people tend to avoid eating altogether just to ensure that they are eating right. Although there is nothing wrong with that, there maybe times that it cannot be really avoided.
Here are some simple tips to eat healthy at a restaurant:
1) Stay on your food plan. Eat in moderation; a serving or two at a time. Eat a well balanced food; take the basic food group pyramid into consideration when eating out. Make sure to have enough protein, carbohydrate, fruits and vegetables. Avoid eating junk food.
2) Skip the appetizer. Some appetizers are too heavy on the belly; they can be the main dish. So it is a good idea to skip the appetizer. Have a salad instead! Order a main dish with two side vegetables. Limit the bread to two servings or less; only choose whole grain or whole wheat bread.
3) Non-Fried. As much as possible, choose grilled instead of fried if they offer this in their menu. For example an item may be cooked differently; some restaurants already have this in their menu. At Red Lobsters they offer Tilapia baked, grilled, or deep fried. Choose grilled, it is generally healthier to do so.
4) Skip the dessert. If you must have one, pick a fruit, it has excellent nutrients and taste. Avoid the cakes, cookies, ice creams, or anything with added sugar and fat.
5) Eat fresh. Try to find out what is fresh on the menu, not canned or frozen. Anything that is fresh automatically tastes better and is better for you.
6) Limit to one helping. Have only one helping, skip the seconds. If you are getting tempted, go outside for a walk between courses.
7) Limit the food intake by cutting the food in half. When the food arrives and it is a huge amount of helping, ask the waiter to cut it in half and have it put in a take out box or bag. Or if you do not want to do that in advanced, leave the other half aside and not touch it anymore, and then ask for a take out box later on. Even a better idea- most restaurants will allow you to share your food with your companion. If you know it is a big helping, ask the waiter to bring in an extra plate and utensils for the other person to use.
As you can see, with very little effort, you can stay on track when you have to eat out. Hopefully these tips will help you not eat more than you should whenever you dine out.