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Common Mistakes While Eating Out

By Sara Butler

It would be nice to have a nutritionist travel everywhere with you to whisper in your ear to help you make good food choices -- especially while eating out. Since that’s not possible, you must channel your own inner nutritionist and learn what is good for you and what isn’t. Beyond the food on your plate, there are also a few habits that can help you stay on the road to eating healthy. Here are a few tips you should remember the next time you go out to eat with family and friends.

Don’t Ignore Your Meals

You’re probably looking forward to going out to eat for a special occasion or trying a new restaurant with friends, but don’t let that be your singular focus. All this anticipation can lead you to put other meals that day on the backburner, which can do much more harm than good.

Instead, simply take a moment to devise a plan for the day and map out what you’re going to eat. If you have to, write it down. You can also check the restaurant’s website before you arrive to scout out some of the healthier choices available. This will help you to create some caloric balance for your day.

Don’t Arrive Hungry

To piggyback on the previous point, don’t arrive at the restaurant famished. This can lead to making poor food choices and then overindulge when the meal is sitting in front of you. When your stomach is rumbling, that inner nutritionist will take a back seat and healthy choices will be tougher to make.

Have a snack before you arrive. Even something as simple as a handful of nuts can make a difference. Munch on some fruits and vegetables too, which will help curb hunger and lead to a clearer head when placing your order.

Think About Preparation

Now that you’re prepared to eat out, you must shift your thinking to how your food is prepared. Fried foods should be taken out of the running since this common cooking method adds fat and calories to your meal. Stick to grilled or baked versions of foods and opt for sides such as baked potatoes or steamed vegetables. If it’s simmered, sautéed, roasted, baked, steamed, or grilled, it’s likely a healthy choice.

Eating out doesn't have to sabotage your healthy eating goals. All you need to do is be prepared!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Buford, Ga.

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