Easy Tips for Eating Healthy While Eating Out!
Discover tips and tricks needed to keep a fit body and eat healthy (or at least healthier) at restaurants, at home, and while traveling.
Eating Out and Staying Fit
Eating at restaurants is major part of many peoples lives. Restaurants provide convenience for your social life - whether it’s to entertain clients, celebrate with friends, or maintain an upbeat lifestyle, to name a few. Even if you don’t eat out frequently, restaurants create many barriers you must overcome to maintain a body you can feel good in. Additionally, eating out while traveling can still result in weight gain if you indulge too often while on holiday or a business trip.
Thankfully, there are ways to avoid this weight gain, and maintain a lifestyle and a body of which you can be proud.
Ditch the Fries
The three most significant things to avoid at restaurants are the following:
Starchy refined foods
Any sugary juices, sodas, or sweetened foods.
Deep fried delicacies! (These are killing your body)
Avoiding these three groups will go a long way in helping you choose a healthy menu. Refined vegetable oils, refined starchy carbohydrates, processed sugars, and trans fats are the worst calorie sources that are damaging your body. Pass on the pre-meal bread, french fries, and any extra portions of meals that you don’t need.
Most restaurants offer sides such as vegetables, salads and other healthy choices in place of the usual french fries or breads. These are your best choices. If the restaurant does not offer a green side on the menu simply ask your server what they have available. They will most likely happily give you a healthy alternative to the original fatty side.
A typical response to large portions of highly refined, fatty foods -- such as fries, or a basket of greasy bread sticks -- is often, “I’m living life, doing what I want.” But the freedom to choose what tastes good is a false freedom, because ultimately it weighs you down -- both physically and mentally. Remember, sugary drinks and those greasy sides are two of the most harmful things you can put in your body, so don’t do it!
Eat This, Not That!
Take a look at some simple, smart-choice substitutions for common fatty options. Provided are two scenarios: a typical restaurant eater, and a healthy one.
A typical restaurant patron will order a meal that consists of...
A burger or sandwich
Chips or fries
Soda or other sweetened drink (and no, diet sodas are NOT healthy!)
An easy and MUCH smarter substitution for your body would be:
Burger or Sandwich
Salad or veggies
Unsweetened iced tea or water (no diet drinks -- those artificial sweeteners can be toxic!)