Finding Parallels Between Health and Life

Dine Out in Healthy Style

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 because you often don’t know what goes in the food they serve, you can end up consuming more calories than you thought.

But you don’t need to stress yourself too much about it. You don’t need to exclude yourself from your friends just because of your healthy eating lifestyle. You can still enjoy their company, and dine healthy at the same time, here’s how.

You can inspect their menu first before going out to any place. This way, you know what type of food the place serves, especially if it will be your first time to dine there. 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. This tells you that that dish was prepared with the diet- or health-conscious customer in mind.

When in doubt or if the menu doesn’t say anything other than the name of the dish, ask the waiter what the ingredients are or how the dish is prepared. It is good to know if it’s fried or baked. 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. Your server will be happy to accommodate your request if you ask for salad instead of potatoes or fries. But if you want the potatoes or the rice, just have them plain.

Most of the time, if you ask nicely, restaurants will have no problem adjusting to your requests. If a healthy-looking dish is rich in cream or cheese, you can ask yours to have none. 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. But it would be better for you to always ask for dressings and sauces on a separate side dish, as restaurants tend to splash them plenty on green salads.

Starters and desserts that go with these are less beneficial in your case. Look for a starter with fresh looking ingredients, instead of a sweet dessert. Avoid creamy soups, if you are going for a soup. But the best thing to have are salads, without the bacon or cheese.

If you will have wine, a glass is enough.