As Shakespeare would have said, to dine in or to dine out, that is the question. Dining out can sometimes be a challenge when you’re trying to eat healthy, lose weight, or on a budget. Most of us can’t avoid dining out all together so how can we do so without increasing our waistlines and breaking the budget.
Order a healthy appetizer as your meal instead of a full entree or choose two or three healthy sides as your meal.
If ordering a full-sized entree, ask for a to go box as soon as you place your order. When your order arrives, immediately put half into the to go box and save it for another meal. Splitting the entree with a family member or friend is another healthy option that can save your waistline and wallet.
Feeling like pasta? Stick with the marinara sauce instead of the creamy sauces, which are usually packed with calories and unnecessary fat.
Soup is similar to the pasta idea. Choose tomato based soups over the creamy options.
Stay away from the all you-can-eat buffets or smorgasbords. They are generally laden with lower quality options, and we all tend to eat more “to get our monies worth”. While traveling in Brazil, we enjoyed their concept of buffets. The Brazilian buffets usually serve higher quality food, and you pay by the Kilo. Knowing that you are going to pay for every ounce you put on your plate causes you to reconsider that extra dollop of mashed potatoes. I believe more restaurants should adopt this way of thinking.
Amazing Vegetarian restaurant in Mendoza, Argentina
Ask your server what vegetarian or better yet, vegan options they offer. Many restaurants are more than happy to accommodate your dietary needs, especially if you go during a slower time of day.
Skip the bread. Why? Most restaurants serve bread made with white flour that is deficient in nutrients, and can lead to constipation. White flour is stripped of all fiber, which is required for proper elimination.
Drink a glass of water before your meal. This little trick helps your stomach feel full quicker. Also, drinking water before your meal is better than drinking it with your meal. Why? Since digestion begins in the mouth, drinking while eating actually dilutes the digestive enzymes.
Skip the soda. . . diet or regular! Why? Regular has want too much sugar. Why diet? Have you ever read the ingredients for Diet Coke? Diet Coke ingredients: Carbonated water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Caramel Color, Phosphoric Acid, Natural Flavors, Caffeine, Aspartame (NutraSweet), Potassium Benzoate, Citric acid. Do you know what half of these ingredients are? I see several ingredients that cause alarm bells to ring, and aspartame is one of them. Aspartame is made of three chemicals and a genetically engineered enzyme. One of the side effects of aspartame is that it breaks down into formaldehyde in the body. According to research data presented on soda consumption to the American Diabetes Association, Epidemiologist Sharon Fowler, from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, stated ” What we saw was that the more diet sodas a person drinks the more weight they were likely to gain”.
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