It is possibly one of the most dreaded activities for all of you who have a strict diet or who follow a super healthy lifestyle and when the weekend comes all you want to do is not to have all your efforts vanish in those 48 hours.
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7 tips to choose well when dining out
Choose your restaurant smartly. This is the first tip and the most important of them! As the world shifts towards more self-awareness there are more and more healthy options to choose from. I recommend choosing vegan restaurants, restaurants with tasting menus, and healthy organic restaurants. The reason behind this? Simply because you will have less temptation when trying to order your meal. If you go to a pizzeria, you will most likely go for the meat lover’s pizza over the green salad. It is best to take away all temptation!
The eyes were bigger than the stomach. This saying is too true, so always order less food than what your heart and stomach tell you. Always start with a glass of water as sometimes it is not that we are hungry but that we are thirsty. A simple tip like that will help you to consume less calories in a seating and help you be fulfilled more quickly!
As soon as you reach a restaurant and are seated, let the waitresses know that you won’t be needing the bread. It is tough to resist to the butter and warm bread, but you will be exceeding your caloric intake, especially if you add the drinks, bread, appetizer, main meal and dessert.
You are the best food critic in the world. As a nutritionist, this is my first recommendation and the one I follow myself and have gotten results. As a person that loves to eat, I can tell you that it is effective to go out and share, have small bites and portions and share everything.
Appetizers are one of my favorite meals when I go out. Some recommendations are to go with soups that are water based and not cream based. Also, you can ask for a nice green salad with the dressing on the side. Simple tips that will get you a long way and help cut those unnecessary calories.
Regarding the main meals, if you follow my advice, ask for grilled options instead of fried. I also recommend always asking for a variety of grilled vegetables wherever you go, they taste incredibly and are so filling. Remember that even if you don’t find certain things in the menu you can always micromanage the waiter and have your special requests met. If you are following a specific diet, my recommendations are to go with the seafood grilled options, chicken breast, and if you can’t control the Italian in you, instead of creamy pastas, go with a pasta that has a marinara sauce.
Lastly, but not least, it is important once you reach time for dessert, not to panic. There are always healthy options that can be substituted . We are so lucky to have trendy places full of healthy options to go to now. Try looking for places that cater for non-sugar options, fresh fruit and vegan desserts that will be equally filling and delicious with half the calories and sugar.
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Food Science, and have had experience giving nutrition programs to elite gymnasts at the Mexican Olympic Committee and also have experience developing nutrition programs targeted to children, adults, and elderly. I graduated from my Master’s Degree in Global Health with a thesis analyzing over 400 articles containing nutrition topics at the seven most influential newspapers in the United Kingdom with a thesis called “Coverage of childhood obesity in UK newspapers from 2007 to 2014: A Quantitative content analysis.”