“You don’t need to eat less, you only need to eat right.”
Lots people have been asking me about tips on eating out while still staying on track with a healthy eating regime, so I decided to share this blog with my main few tips.
I went through times when I felt like I’m avoiding going out for dinner or brunch because of the fear that all my hard work in the gym or other workouts will simply go to waste. The mad part is that I really enjoy eating out, who doesn’t? Which means I was avoiding something I really liked to do. When going to eat out in a restaurant, it is usually considered a treat. But eating out doesn’t always have to be something that isn’t healthy or in sync with your health goals. In fact, many restaurants do meals that are just as healthy as the food you cook at home. They all have their healthy and unhealthy options, you just need to know which ones to go for.
In this blog I put together my main few tips on eating out.
1. Make sure you’re not starving before you go out for dinner
Many times we let ourselves go hungry all day just to make up for eating out at night. That’s the wrong way of thinking. You should eat during the day the way you always do and even have something small (a snack) about hour or two before your dinner.
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want
You don’t always have to stick to what’s written on the menu as most places are happy to make adjustments for you. Just don’t be afraid to ask. For example you can ask to have your sauce on the side just as a dip instead of having it all over your meal or get a side of extra virgin olive oil, a few lemons and balsamic vinegar to make your own dressing.
3. Choose the veg instead of fries
When choosing the side to your meal, try and change fries for the veg or try opt for the healthier option – sweet potato.
4. Avoid fried foods and creamy sauces
5. Drink water
Drinking water will slow you down from eating your food too fast, which will also help you enjoy the food more. Maybe ask for a slice of lemon with it and try to get used to drinking water as your main beverage while eating.
6. Try avoid fancy drinks
When you’re out for a dinner it is completely understandable and normal that you would like to order an alcoholic drink. Try to avoid cocktails because they include lots of sugar and tons of calories and flavors. Instead, order a glass of wine, a light beer or some spirit drink with tonic. These options will be better for your healthy eating goals, especially if you choose not to drink that often.