One of the reasons why many people avoid eating in restaurants is because of the assumption that restaurant foods are unhealthy. While it is in order for you to care for what you are eating and endevour to live a healthy lifestyle, you should also know that you can actually eat healthy while in restaurants. Some of the tips that you should embrace are:
- Watch your feeding habits: Did you know that what makes you gain weight sometimes is not the kind of foods that you eat but rather how you eat them? Something as simple as taking time to chew your food will make a huge difference. You should also avoid spacing out your meals too much and stepping into a restaurant when you are so hungry that you end up piling up on unhealthy foods. If you are on a feeding protocol such as intermittent fasting that makes you stay without eating, you should break your fast with a light snack before heading to eat at a restaurant.
- Substitute with health: Most restaurants give their customers an option to substitute ingredients for health. For instance, instead of having bacon as a topping for your pizza, you should go for vegetable instead. If they offer chips or rice as a side, you should consider getting a vegetable salad to balance things out.
- Be on the lookout for wording: Go for foods that use words like ‘grilled, steamed, or boiled’ as they indicate that they were cooked in a healthy way. You should avoid fried and creamy foods that have a lot of sugar and fats. When ordering for juices, try as much as possible to drink freshly made juices that do not have a lot of preservatives.
- Ask when unsure: If you are not sure of what is in the food that you want to order, you should not be afraid of asking. Make it a habit to go through the menu of the restaurant you plan to eat at. If you cannot find details such as how the food is cooked and whether it will be healthy, reach out to the restaurant and ask them for a clarification.
After all has been said and done, remember that the essence of going to a restaurant is to have a good time. Do not be obsessed about eating healthy such that you end up missing out on the fun. Everything should be done in moderation, and indulging in food you like once in a while will not do harm.