We’ve all been there: You’ve got a plan to go out to eat, but you don’t want to lose control. It’s ironic that maintaining a healthy lifestyle tends to require more effort and dedication than that of indulging in excesses, isn’t it? That said, taking care of yourself doesn’t mean that you have to be a martyr, either.
If you don’t want to be one of those people who asks for a plate of lettuce without dressing when you go out to
eat, try some of these tips:
Do you want to know the secret to health? It’s balance! If you know that you’re going to commit a little foodrelated sin when you go out to eat for dinner, eat more moderately earlier in the day. This way, you can try a greater variety of dishes, with fewer restrictions, and maybe even ask for dessert! The following day, return to
your regular, disciplined routine and you won’t have anything to worry about.
Even though the house specialty might be pizza or some other dish with a high calorie count, don’t forget the appetizer section. This is the part of the menu that tends to focus on smaller portions and often features plates with lower fat and lower calorie foods, or foods with “good” fats. A delicious salad, a tuna tartare with avocado, or some steamed vegetables are perfect sides that can satisfy as much as an entrée. You can also choose several dishes and share them with the others at your table, thus allowing you to try more flavors in smaller portions.
According to the USDA, Americans consume around 400 of their daily recommended calories in the form of drinks, including sodas, juices, sweetened coffees, and alcohol. If you want to eat smarter, you’ll want to drink smarter, too. Instead of soda, ask for a glass of sparkling water, or unsweetened tea.
If your regimen is a bit strict, don’t be embarrassed to ask your server if you can speak directly with the chef. The chef can make something exquisite for you that respects your dietary needs, surprising you with an option that isn’t even on the menu. Specify what your restrictions are and communicate any no-go ingredients. Trust in the experts and enjoy the fruits of their good taste and hard work.
Adhering to a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t go out to eat with your family or friends, but don’t lose sight of your health goals. The use of a tool like the SuperTracker makes it easier to track your progress while keeping goals front and center.