Eating well is unquestionably one of the very best things you can do for your overall good health. Unfortunately, it can be challenging when someone else is preparing the meal. The good news is that eating healthy and well when you dine out can be easy. All it takes is a bit of planning.
Be a ‘nut ninja’
Before you go, eat a small handful of nuts and fruit an hour before you go. This tiny snack will keep you from feeling hungry and overeating at the restaurant.
Be a ‘planner on point’
Check out the restaurant’s website and menu items. Plan ahead by having a list of healthy choices already in mind. Nearly all the chains have added healthier options to their menus, so be sure to look for them.
Compare the nutrition information of the menu items. Almost all restaurants make it easy by especially identifying healthy and heart-healthy items on their menu. Many such items taste great and are good for you. Make a list of these items so you have a good idea of what to select when you arrive.
Avoid the trap of not eating all day so that you can splurge at the restaurant. Eat normal meals. Experts say that when you skip meals before a dining event, you actually eat more than you would have and it makes the strategy counterproductive.
Be a ‘word whiz’
Inspect the menu for specific key words to help guide your food selections. Descriptions of the menu items can significantly assist you when trying to make healthy choices. Here is a list of words to look for and, subsequently, to choose or avoid.