You might think that it’s not possible to maintain a healthy diet when you eat out at restaurants. In many cases, you would be correct. However, you can still enjoy restaurants occasionally and maintain your healthy diet. It’s all about making good food choices, which starts with learning about the nutrition you need to stay happy, physically healthy, mentally stable, and active.
When you pick up the menu, start by skipping over the drinks section. Although you may be tempted to enjoy a beer or mixed beverage with your dinner, these usually have many empty calories, which is not good for your body. The exception to this rule when it comes to alcohol is wine, especially red wine, which can be fine if you have a single glass and can actually help prevent heart disease for some patients.
You should also skip the starters, unless you order a side salad. Most restaurant appetizers are high-fat foods, which can make you crave more of the same. Examples of these are mozzarella sticks, potato skins, and wings. Rather just have a main course, or share a single serving with a couple of other people.
You should carefully check the ingredients in the main dish you select Anything with cream sauces or high-fat meats should be avoided, and pass up the potatoes or onion rings. Rather order a side dish of vegetables, or ask for the main course alone.
Remember too that portion control is everything. When possible, order from the lunch menu. Ask for a doggie bag at the beginning of the meal. To avoid being tempted to eat the whole main course, split it in two and bag one half.
After the meal, skip dessert. If you’re really tempted, share a dessert with the whole table, or split the portion in half. Many fancy desserts in restaurants have more calories than your entire meal, so keep this in mind before you flag down the waitress to put in an order! Of course, on special occasions, it’s alright to cheat a little, but overall healthy eating requires lots of resisting temptation around you.
Author Mike Devoran is a source of great information on diet and fitness: http://DietFitnessHealth.com