Its a question in everyones mind
How can I eat healthy when I go out to restaurants with my friends and clients all the time?
Ideally, you should always know what you are putting into your body. The only way to accomplish this is to prepare EVERY meal you consume yourself. But we all know that in todays world, that just isnt realistic.
Not only are we busy with everything life throws at us, but going out with friends is just fun, and it gives us a breather from the stresses of life.
If you are a professional, taking clients to dinner is part of the game and is often times unavoidable.
In either case, does this mean you have to sacrifice your nutritional integrity? Not at all! You may just have to get a bit creative.
Here are my top 5 tips to help you enjoy your time out to dinner with friends or when you need to close that business deal, without derailing your progress:
1) Check out the menu ahead of time.
Although it may not be possible every time, if you know the name of the restaurant ahead of time, take a look at the menu online and pick out a few of the healthier items they offer. That way you have a game plan upon sitting down and are less likely to order the first thing that looks good.
2) Just say no to bread.
This definitely tops my list of weaknesses when eating out. Its like the restaurant strategically places it there to mess with you.its free (and who doesnt love free stuff)they keep it coming and ITS BREAD! (need I say more?).
But there is a time and place for carbs and mindlessly shoveling it into your mouth, slathered in butter as you wait on your appetizer or entrée is not it.
3) Ask for the dressing on the side.
You may think ordering the salad is a wise choice, and usually it is, but when its covered in croutons, bacon, and high sodium salad dressing, you might as well have ordered that burger.
Not to mention, have you ever noticed how much salad dressing is sitting at the bottom of your bowl once youre done?
Ask the waiter for the dressing on the side and then simply dip your portions as you eat them.
Much more data here : phen375 before and after.
4) Opt for grilled or baked.
This one is pretty self explanatory, but if the restaurant offers a grilled or baked option for your entrée, go with that!
5) Ask for a to-go box at the beginning of your meal, not the end.
Its all about portion control and more is not always better. Restaurants give huge portions and usually, the more food they give you, the more you eat.
When you are out to dinner with friends, your focus is most likely on the company; and when youre out with a client, its about the business deal, so its not uncommon to mindlessly keep picking at all the food on your plate long after youve unbuttoned your jeans or loosed your belt.
Ask the waiter for a to-go box after youve ordered and when the food comes, place half of it in the to-go box and set it aside. This will keep you from overeating and will serve as a great lunch the next day. You may get a few odd looks, but hey, the dedication you exhibit to your health may show that on-the-fence client some true character, and you may just inspire a friend to take a look at their own eating habits.
Its the little things that add up to big changes and ultimately, big results. Remember, one not-so-healthy meal wont sabotage your plan, so dont beat yourself up if you arent able to stick to your guns every time. However, the more prepared you are going in, the better youll feel upon leavingunless, of course, you get stuck with the bill.