During a trip to the grocery store you can choose to purchase only healthy foods to help you avoid the temptation. However, this isn’t a strategy you can implement outside of your home, where there is temptation at restaurants and even in store checkout lines. How do you navigate your food options in a restaurant dining scenario? Its best to plan ahead so that you will be well prepared to deal with temptation when you go out to eat.
If you happen to know which restaurant you’ll be going to in advance, do a little research and find out what they have on the menu. Most chain restaurants (and some independent ones, as well) have websites with menu listings. In fact, some even list the calories next to the dishes so that you’ll know a little more about what you’re ordering. Taking the time to explore the menu beforehand gives you the opportunity to make a choice before you even enter the restaurant environment. If you make a healthy decision beforehand, it will be easier to stick with it than it would be if you were faced with the menu in the restaurant and you could smell the foods around you.
Something else to consider when dining out is how to “give and take” with your order. People who never treat themselves are likely to eventually give in and go overboard with their unhealthy food choices. So, it is important to make sure that you allow yourself to have a treat every once in a while to avoid the temptation to gorge. If you really want to order a juicy burger, make the concession to order a side of vegetables instead of a side of fries to go with it. That way, you’re allowing yourself a treat, but you’re also moderating it by making sure you don’t go overboard.
Lastly, bring your lunch to work as often as you can so that you won’t find yourself running out to pick up fast food or be tempted by office treats. Additionally, going out to eat in groups can help keep you accountable with what you are ordering. Let’s say you go out to lunch once a week with coworkers. See if you can set up an accountability agreement with one of your coworkers to keep you on track with eating properly, even in a restaurant setting.
Eating Healthy in Any Restaurant takes a conscious effort. Being health-conscious does not mean that you have to give up social outings or having fun with your friends and family. You just need to be mindful about what you are ordering and how it can affect your health. Keep these tips in mind next time you go out to prevent yourself from sabotaging your fitness progress.
Online Fitness Coach Mike,