5 TIPS ON HOW TO EAT HEALTHY AT RESTAURANTS
Wouldn’t it be awesome to eat a restaurant with your friends and not worry about over-eating and consuming massive amounts of calories?
I know this struggle all too well. Your friend or date calls you up and is like “hey do you wanna go eat at this restaurant with me?” You hesitate to answer because you have mixed feelings associated with eating at restaurants. You want to go, but you also don’t want to mess-up your diet.
You basically have two options, either you say no, and be an anti-social hermit, or you go out and try to resist the temptation of all the yummy food.
I love to go out and eat. Especially in San Francisco where there is an abundance of fantastic restaurants. The thing with eating out is that you don’t really know what is going into your food.
Not knowing what you are eating is a problem if you are trying to lose weight and eat healthily.
Restaurants used to be my enemy. One one hand the food was delicious, on the other, I would wake up feeling hella bloated the next morning.
Now, I am at peace with going out and eating, and I don’t feel like I have to skimp on the rest of my meals afterward. So without further ado here are my top five tips on how to eat healthy at restaurants.
Tip #1 Don’t be afraid to customize your order
When ordering your food, it is okay to ask the waiter to swap out certain foods or leave out ingredients. Swapping out french fries for vegetables or asking for a hamburger with no bun is not that big of a deal. Since I am on a paleo based, I tend to stick with salads, and I always ask for the dressing on the side.
Tip #2 slow down!
I can scarf down food so quickly, so I always make a conscious effort to slow down. It takes your body about 20 minutes to tell your brain you are full. So take your time, and chew your food fully. When someone is talking, stop eating and pay attention to them. Eat only when there are lulls in the conversation.
Tip #3 Steal From Your Date & Friends
The tricky part about ordering salads all the time is that some restaurants don’t have a lot of salad options. When a restaurant only has a house salad or a side salad on the menu, I usually take a little bit of food off of Paul’s plate and mix it in with my salad to make it more flavorful.
Tip #4 Do Your Research
If you can, look up the restaurant’s menu ahead of time to decide what you are going to eat. Most restaurants keep a digital version of their menu online. I find to easier to make healthier choices when I know what I am going to order before arriving.
Tip #5 Bring Your Own Food
I pack up my food to go as a last resort if I know a restaurant isn’t going to have anything I can eat. Once at the restaurant I just ask the waiter for a plate, so I don’t feel weird eating out of a Tupperware container. I promise nobody cares if you bring your own food. At the end of the day, you will be so happy you made a healthy decision.
Eating out does not have to be your Achilles heal. You can go out and enjoy being with your loved ones at restaurants and social events if you follow my five tips on how to eat healthy at restaurants.
If you guys have any tips on how you eat healthy at restaurants, go ahead and leave them in the comment section below. I really hope you enjoyed this post. I am getting ready to move to Maine for eight weeks to be a summer camp counselor. I am so excited and will be vlogging my experience on my youtube channel.
Until next time. Byyyeeeee