Eating out is a national pastime, and most of us rely on local restaurants that serve us on holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or everyday meals. If you eat out often, you want to make sure that the menu options you choose do not adversely affect your health. Armed with a little knowledge, you can enjoy delicious restaurant meals without affecting your health or weight negatively.
How to choose food: Simple tips for eating out
- Your drink choice : Choose water rather than soft drinks or sweet iced tea. Soda has about 40 grams of sugar, and a can or glass has about 1
- Salad first : Eat a salad as your first course and ask the server to dress on the side. Salads are nutritious, but when you put on the dressing, calories are added. You can ask for lemon or oil and vinegar as an alternative and use it sparingly.
- Calories: Some restaurants provide calorie and nutrition information on the menu or on request, but there is no need to guess. Download a calorie counting app on your phone and check the calories in the dish you want. In general, it is better to choose roasted, steamed or grilled meat than fried.
- Sharing: Many restaurants serve large amounts of food – much more than your body needs. Consider sharing your entree or eating half and taking the rest home.
- Appetizers: Instead of ordering a whole dinner, choose a couple of healthy appetizers. It is both fun and offers a wider range of flavors.
- Side dishes : Ask for fresh fruit, sliced tomatoes or a small salad rather than french fries, mac and cheese or another high calorie side.  Avoid the bread basket : Fresh, hot bread or buns with butter are tempting. If you are hungry, drink a large glass of water or eat a small snack before leaving home and skip the bread and butter! Ask the server to remove the bread to avoid temptation.
- Read the menu in advance : Most restaurants have an online menu. Look at the different options in advance to ensure that they offer healthy menu options.
- Lean Meats : Ask for lean meats or ask for something special. If you have a strict diet, most places are happy to prepare a meal "off the menu." . These sauces are tasty but contain butter, cream, sour cream or cheese that provide many calories to your meal.
Your health and your family
Your spouse, children, friends and co-workers trust you. Staying healthy is not only crucial to your well-being and longevity, but it helps you avoid many health conditions. It may be difficult for some people to switch to a healthy diet, but with exercise you will begin to enjoy your new routine. Your health insurance also matters. Make sure you have the best coverage you can afford, so you can get medical treatment when you need it and make sure you have a physical one every year. The most serious diseases can be treated when caught early.
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