You don’t have to order a salad 🥗 🌟When I started my health journey, eating out was so stressful for me. A million things would run through my head: “I really want that burger, but I should get a salad instead, but salads can be just as bad, so should I just order it with nothing on it but grilled chicken? Yuck! I mind as well have stayed home and cooked.” Looking back, I wish I could tell myself to chill out. 😂
🌟Following a few basic strategies has helped me to eat out according to my goals.
1. Plan ahead: If possible, take a look at the menu online ahead of time and pick two options (I learned that sometimes my first choice isn’t available so having a backup choice is smart)
2. Don’t “Save your calories”: Eat healthful, filling meals leading up to eating out. The truth is, starving yourself before eating out is only going to make you over eat and feel cruddy afterwards. If you fuel yourself regularly with great foods, you will automatically make better choices and will be less likely to eat past “full”.
3. Eat what you love: Eating out should be fun and shouldn’t feel like a sacrifice. If you really want a burger, have a burger. Just ask for it without the top bun and request a side of veggies instead of the fries.
4. Portion Control: If the meal arrives and the portion is huge, immediately ask for a to go box. Putting the excess food out of sight right away will prevent “clean plate syndrome”.
5. Drink Water: Before taking a single bite of food, drink at least 16oz of water and continue sipping throughout the meal. This will help you to slow down, enjoy the meal and will aid in recognizing when you are full.
6. Be realistic: The truth is, no matter what you order, there is likely added sodium and some hidden ingredients that may show up on the scale the next day. Take a deep breath. It’s ok. A single meal will not undo a lifestyle of mindful, healthy nutrition. Food is not the enemy, our self sabotaging inner voice is.
These steps have helped me to eat out with confidence and have helped me to ditch the drama that used to come with eating out. Do you have questions about how to eat out healthfully? Ask below 👇