Choosing to eat healthy is challenging for many people. Swapping french fries for steamed broccoli or ordering a salad with dressing on the side is difficult enough, then your spouse or best friend orders a burger and large fries, making healthy eating that much more difficult. However, you can’t let their bad habits sabotage your efforts to eat right. Here are some helpful tips for eating healthfully when out.
1) Plan Ahead. If you’re nervous about maintaining your healthy eating plan while dining out, do some research and plan ahead. Check out the restaurant’s web page and peruse the menu for healthy options, or check our F-Factor approved menus where we did the guess work for you!
2) Avoid the breadbasket. Dinner rolls can have between 100 - 270 calories, and that’s not including the butter or olive oil. Have you ever had two or three pieces of bread before you got your entree? That’s equal to a whole meal’s worth of calories before dinner!
3) Always order an appetizer. Dining out doesn’t have to sabotage your dieting efforts. Make sure to start off with a non-cream based soup or salad so you are less tempted to dig into the fried calamari your friend ordered. Plus, you’ll be less hungry when your entrée arrives.
4) Follow the three-bite rule. Have that bite of cake, but not the entire slice. Allow yourself three bites of the dessert so you don’t feel deprived. People always remember that first and last bite of a dessert, so you need a middle bite to make sure there is a first and last. You will appreciate that small amount and feel satisfied, without wreaking havoc on your waistline.
5) Drink up. Order a cup of coffee or tea so that you’re occupied while the others are digging in to that tiramisu or chocolate cake. You will be less tempted to continue eating the dessert if you’re busy sipping your tea and making good conversation.