It has been a while since we have been able to eat out wherever and whenever we wanted. But with a lot of countries, regions and cities allowing their hospitality to open back up again we’ll start to experience this more again. So many of us have been so dedicated to a healthy lifestyle of diet because lockdown almost forced us to since there wasn’t a lot of room for different forms of working out. On the other hand, it has made it easier to commit to a healthier lifestyle because all the eating out, parties and other food involved social events weren’t there to tempt us. If you’re reading this blog, I hope that you have found the success you were looking by achieving your nutrition/health goals.
If you just started through lockdown, this situation where restaurants are opening back up and parties are more frequent, will be new to you. That is why I am rolling out a couple of different nutrition blogs to help you deal with social events, focused on enjoying them while continuing to live a healthy lifestyle at the same time.
#1 Do your research
A simple start, do your research before you go. Especially now, when we get to decide on where to eat and book our dinners in advance. Versus the time when we did things more spontaneously without getting to prep. Every single restaurant nowadays puts their menu online, use this to make your pick.
If you’re not in charge of where you’re going, do you research still. You can still decide on what you want to eat before you go there, without the risk of panicking when you get there.
#2 Plan it out
Building on my previous point. If you have done your research and know what you want to order, make sure you allow for that the rest of the day.
Let’s say you feeling like eating a delicious pasta dish from your favorite Italian spot, since pasta is a carbohydrate source make sure you focus on protein and fats sources earlier on that day.
The same thing for the famous bread basket. If you know or suspect that the restaurant will be serving you bread before the actual meal comes, take that into a count.
#3 Make nutritional value a priority
If you go into a restaurant blind, without knowing what to order, choose a meal that is heavy on the nutrional side of things. Grilled or sauteed veggies, protein sources like chicken, lamb, beef or salmon and whatever else comes with that. If you focus on those 2 things first, the rest of your meal will probably be fine.
#4 Wait to order desert
Avoid ordering a desert at the same time as you order the rest of your meal. Wait until you have finished your food, your stomach has digested that food, before making the decision of having a desert or not.
If you’d like a desert, it doesn’t mean it has to be sugar heavy. There are deserts like a cheese board that will help you stay away from that.
#5 Keep drinking water
This might seem like an easy answer to your problems but it is honestly true. So many of us mistake hunger for thirstiness. Rather than ordering all of the appetizers, order one and drink 3-4 glasses of water.
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