Eating out is such a wonderful luxury, however it can sometimes be tricky to make healthy choices when eating out. As dining out is seen as a treat, it can be more than tempting to feel like you deserve some dishes that might not be all that good for you.
January has come and gone and you may have already packed in your new year’s resolutions and completed your Dry January challenge. For some, February may feel like a luxurious month where you’ve allowed yourself to drink alcohol again, or you’ve started eating candy again after a very long month without it. To top it off, February plays host to Valentine’s Day which for some could mean being wined and dined, going for a girl’s weekend away, or eating some chocolate chocolate.
But, it doesn’t have to be this way if you’d rather stay health-conscious. Of course, it’s great to have a treat now and again, but if you eat out regularly and you wish to adopt a healthier lifestyle, you may want to rethink your decadent order.
A healthy lifestyle isn’t all about food; it consists of healthy eating, regular exercise, enough sleep, drinking enough water, and looking after your mental health. However, healthy eating plays a big part in living a healthy life – because as we all know, you are what you eat. So here are some tips and tricks to make healthy choices while eating out.
1. Don’t Bother With The Bread
Fellow Bustler Toria Sheffield discussed eating healthy at restaurants and said, “Granted, bread is freakin’ delicious, so definitely destroy that bread basket if you want to — however, as registered nurse Gianna Rose says in an article for LIVESTRONG, white bread has little nutritive value, so if getting loaded up with vitamins, protein, and fiber is what you’re going for, you might want to keep this tip in mind.” So remember this advice when the bread basket is heading to your end of the table.
2. Drink Water
Keeping an eye on what you consume isn’t limited to just the food that you eat, it also encompasses anything that passes your lips, including drinks. It’s common knowledge that water is vital to our survival and keeps us feeling great, but there are plenty of other benefits to upping your water intake. Hannah Helsabeck writing for The Huffington Post discovered that drinking more water enabled her to “over-snack less,” improved her digestion, and helped her to feel “…stronger and have greater endurance in the gym.” Needless to say, drinking alcohol on a regular basis isn’t great for you, so try to steer clear of any alcoholic beverages. Keep the water flowing during your meal to ensure you stay fully hydrated and reap the benefits.
3. Don’t Share
Sharing food can be really fun and even romantic, but it could end up with you making some unhealthy choices, or not being involved in the choosing process at all. Your friend or date may insist you try their favorite dish and if you’re no good with peer pressure, you might find yourself giving in, rather than explaining your new lifestyle.
4. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask Questions About Your Food
There is no shame in asking questions about your food, in fact your waiter would probably rather you asked and were fully satisfied, than you say nothing and your food isn’t what you expected. This way you can ensure there are no surprises, such as fatty sauces or deep fried foods, when you were expecting a more healthy option.
5. Ask For Extra Veggies