“Stay social and be a conscious eater at the same time”
I love to eat out with friends and try new dishes. Often times I cannot make up my mind and I usually want to order everything. Although this is the case, there are a few things that I keep in mind when I am eating out so that I can keep the calories down. In order to do that I had to educate myself on what was actually on the menu. In order to help you do the same, here are a few tricks and a “Do and Don’t List” including my favorite appetizers, entrees and desserts to get and those to steer clear of.
Tricks for eating out:
- Drink Water – I try to drink a few glasses of water before I begin eating. When I am in a rush I realize that I will satisfy being thirsty with a convenient snack. So just try drinking a few glasses of water before you start your meal. I try to get in 3 liters a day. Click here for a more customized calculator that can help you determine how much water YOU should be drinking every day.
- Explore the salad menu – When on the weight loss journey it is a perfect time to explore the sometimes-neglected salad menu. I know when I went out I would think “why pay for a salad” but many restaurants are now making it more interesting by including more variety for you to choose from. Additionally I have found that I am introduced to different ways to make my salads at home more delicious and I am often satisfied (depending if it is lunch or dinner).
- Skip the bread – This is difficult! Especially if it is warm…. I digress. But skipping the bread can be extremely helpful as bread in excess can really set you back when you are trying to reduce the calories.
- Ask that the waiter not have it at the table (if your friends do not mind).
- Let the bread basket stay on the other side of the table
The Do’s and Don’ts of the menu:
- DO- Try the options with raw vegetables (summer roll) or with self-assembly such as chicken lettuce wraps
- DON’T – Order items that are fried
- DO – Go for an entree that covers the starch, meat/protein and veggies areas. This will allow for more balance. One of my favorites is broiled salmon, mashed garlic potatoes and asparagus. You can take it a step further by flipping to the vegetarian section or going with only meat and a veggie.
- DON’T – Order anything processed, this would include white bread and white rice (So no burgers, white rice, etc)
- DO – Go for the fresh fruit bowl
- DON’T – Get ice cream added to your dessert. The desserts that have that option tend to have the highest calorie count ex: brownie or apple pie.
I hope these are great starters so that the next time you are out with your friends you will be able to eat more consciously and have a wonderful time! It really adds to the experience when you are able to take the great memories with you and leave the guilt of eating something that was not what the doctor ordered. Try these out and let me know other challenges to eating out and keeping the weight off as well in your comments below. Good luck and I look forward to hearing from you!
– True Wealth is good health-