Tips when eating out

With any healthy diet, think preparation, ahead of time. Our perception on what we eat is equally important.

 

Focus on what you’re eating rather than on what you’re avoiding. 

This simple change of focus can do wonders in our journey to a healthier lifestyle. When we focus on the abundance of foods we can enjoy, on how they make us feel and how they bring us closer to Nature, we will generate feelings of gratitude, happiness and joy. These feelings will act as our fueling source that will motivate us to continue doing what we’re doing.

Focusing on depletion, deprivation and restriction on the other hand, will leave us feeling frustrated, sad and unfulfilled.

Make a list of the good foods that make you feel positive and have them available in your home and car even. Then prepare these foods and have what you need to eat when you’re hungry and when they are scheduled for consuming.

Having the foods and meals we plan ready for us at work or school or on the road, allows us to implement our individualized program and thus get unexpected results. 

Eating Out

When we wish to eat outside of the home we should first thing of places that offer food that is healthy and nourishing. If you know a place where food is freshly made, without too much oil, sugar and flavor enhancers, that should be your go-to option.

Criteria to pay attention to

When choosing a restaurant to eat in, pay attention to the following criteria, as they might reveal a lot about the quality of the food served:

Cleanliness

Make sure the restaurant is clean and the foods used are fresh, if that is possible. Check to see if the rest room is clean. This can give you an indication of the cleanliness in the kitchen too.

The chef

Without sounding predjudist, it could also be good idea to see if the chef looks healthy. This is not a simple observation on the body type of a person. See their eyes, skin and vitality level as they can give away a lot of information too.

Pause before you dig in

When the food is served, smell and taste it first before digging in. This way you can already more if it is of a good quality. Watch for heavily salty tastes or extra additives in the food. Perhaps ask or check the menu to find out if the restaurant uses additives such as MSG or sulfites. The typical restaurant wants to serve flavorful and appealing food, and thus they might add fats and oils, as well as salts and seasonings to achieve this. This makes foods higher in fat and sodium. Particularly pay attention to salad dressings, as they tend to have a lot of sugar, fat and salt. If you can simply ask for lemon and olive oil on the side and season your salad yourself.

Portion size

Oftentimes the portions in the restaurants are really big, and we tend to eat all our food, because we paid for it after all. Ask for smaller portions if you can, or simply share your meal with the company you’re with.

You might find my video about how to eat healthy when on vacation helpful as it touches on this topic:

5 Guidelines for Eating Out and Staying Healthy

  1. Prepare and eat the majority of your meals at home. This gives you and your family the greatest control over your diet. This is better for your budget and health.
  2. Save dining out as a treat, and when you do, make healthy choices.
  3. If you work long hours, develop a recipe base for quick and wholesome meals that you can pack and bring to work.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask questions in a restaurant. Some might perceive this embarrassing, but remember that as a paying client you have the right to know what is on the plate you are being served.
  5.  Always start with a salad, fresh or steamed vegetables. This will temper your appetite and will also guarantee you are eating some wholesome food.

 

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