Now, as I have previously stated, I do not encourage eating out at restaurants. However, I can see how this is a difficult task with peer pressure from family, friends and social gatherings. Here is a list of 7 ways you can keep healthy while eating out.
1. Don't order what everyone around you is ordering. Chances are your peers are ordering large dishes with massive amounts of sodium. Stick to your guns and order off the healthy menu.
2. Don't eat any bread. Don't eat any bread served with your meal or any bread served as an appetizer. Studies show that the most germs are located on the breads served first, and they also get recycled. (Meaning if one table chooses not to eat the bread, it gets passed along to you...ew.)
3. Always asks for all sauces to be on the side. You can add thousands of calories to a meal with all the added sauces. Enjoy a meal with its natural flavours and you will be much healthier.
4. Never finish your plate. If you were raised like me, I'm sure you were taught from a young age to clean your plate. Do not do this! Order a to-go box at the beginning, that way you will already know you need to take half of it to-go.
5. According, to CNN.com, portion control is important.
On average, Americans need about 2,000 calories a day, and knowing how to judge a portion size can help us stick to that target. If you're ordering pasta, a good rule of thumb is to eat a portion that looks to be about the size of your fist. With meat, try not to eat more than would fit in the palm of your hand.
6. Eat your food slowly. It takes time for your body to react and understand that you are full. When you eat fast, you end up eating more than you should. So chew slowly.
7. Drink water. Tea, coke, juice, alcohol etc are all added calories you simply don't need. Stick to water and make it a habit. Your body will thank you and you will feel constantly refreshed.
Use these smart tips when eating out at restaurants. It takes baby steps and soon enough you will be able to eliminate restaurants completely! Be motivated, be smart and reach your goal of being a healthier YOU!