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Eat Healthy at Restaurants With These Tips

By Rachel Carver

You have control in your kitchen. You decide the portion sizes and the ingredients that go into your food. But what happens when you decide to take a break from cooking? Can you still eat healthy at a restaurant?

You can skip the anxiety that sometimes follows you to a restaurant when you are trying to maintain a balanced diet by doing some research and thinking ahead. Read on for some tips to help you make healthy food choices while dining out.

Eat Throughout the Day

If you arrive at your dinner stop famished, you are more likely to overeat and choose unhealthy food options. Eating a meal or snack every 4-5 hours will keep your hunger in check throughout the day.

Review the Menu

If you have a lunch or dinner restaurant in mind, you can read the menu in advance. This will give you more time to consider your options and to know what you want before you arrive.

Pay Attention to Language

Knowing phrases that mean high-calorie will help you make healthier choices. Foods that are deep-fried, cream-based, or buttery will give you more calories. Look for grilled, roasted, or seasoned foods to give yourself more breathing room on the calorie intake.

Rethink Your Drink

It is very easy to consume lots of calories by drinking before you even start eating. Multiple sodas and sugary cocktails can put you well over your calorie goal and the recommended sugar daily amount.

If you enjoy a drink like this occasionally, you can balance it out with healthier food options. However, routinely consuming sugary drinks can lead to health problems. Too much sugar has been linked to heart disease, memory problems, vision disorders, and skin concerns.

Control Your Portions

Restaurant portions are often way more than we need in one meal. Listen to your body's hunger cues. Ask for a to-go box so you can have lunch or dinner for the next day.

Make Special Requests

Don't be afraid to customize your meal. You can ask for no butter or oil. Ask for dressings on the side so you can decide how much to add to your salad. Substitute fries with steamed veggies or a side salad.

Use these tips to make your restaurant experience your own. And, if you want to enjoy a dessert, a cocktail, or something fried, do it. The important thing is to have the knowledge to make your own decisions about your food whether your are at home or out with friends. Practicing moderation in all aspects of nutrition can help you stay on track with your goals.

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

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