Dining Out with Friends: Sticking to Your Diet Plan
Eating out can make you anxious and frustrated if you are the type of person who is concerned about healthy eating. The problem is that serving portions are often big in those places and you can eat a lot more than usual. And it’s quite easier for you to eat more calories than you would want to because you don’t really know what goes into the food they serve.
Going out doesn’t need to be that stressful. Having healthy eating habits doesn’t mean you need to exclude yourself and avoid going out with friends to dinner. You can still enjoy their company, and dine healthy at the same time, here’s how.
It’s very useful to check out the menu first before deciding to go any place. You will get a better idea of what food they serve if you look at their menu in advance. Some restaurants include calorie counts beside the dishes to guide healthy eaters who are conscious about their calorie intake – this is helpful. Others will have a section marked ‘healthy’ or ‘light’ while some have a heart symbol to indicate that this dish is good for the heart. These foods are probably not fried foods, or foods that don’t include too much fatty ingredients such as cheese and cream.
If you are not sure what the ingredients in a certain dish are, just ask your server. Is it baked or fried, or is there additional ingredients like oils or creams in the recipe? It is good for you to be informed as this will make you less anxious about eating something you know little about, if its healthy or not.
You will often find that restaurants will offer you side dishes of potatoes or fries that come with your order. But if you order salad to replace the fries when you order, oftentimes your order gets accommodated. If you can’t avoid the potatoes, just make sure you avoid the sour cream.
Restaurant will adjust to the request of their customers, especially if they ask politely. If you see a certain dish that you would love to have, for example, but it’s sauce is rich in cream or cheese, you can request yours to be without the cream or cheese. Or you can ask them to give you a separate side dish for the sauce, so you can put just a little of it on your food as you wish. A separate saucer for your sauces is something you should always ask for, because you can’t control how restaurants drench your greens with them.
Most of the time, starters and desserts can be done away with. However, if you want to indulge a bit, go for the starter instead of the dessert, and look for fresh items. A soup that is not cream-based would be a good option for you. But the best thing to have are salads, without the bacon or cheese.
A glass of wine is enough, if you have to drink.