I decided to do this because I often get asked well how do I managing eating out without piling the weight on? And how is it that you eat out more than once a week and maintain your weight. So, I thought I would put these tips together to help you understand that it can be done. It’s just about choices. Eating out for my family is something we love to do. It’s a time when we connect as a family and make memories.
So here is how I do it…
Top tips for eating out:
- Enjoy it, it’s supposed to be fun not a nightmare. Focus on the social aspect as well as the food being your friend not your enemy.
- If you know where you are going have a look at the menu a head of time. Think what you fancy and how you can combo it with some greens/ veg to make it healthier and balanced.
- What greens or vegs are available. Don’t be afraid to mix and match ingredients i.e. if your dish doesn’t come with spinach but you can see on the menu that they have spinach with another dish, then don’t be afraid to ask for it with yours. If they have it in then they will be happy to oblige. Remember they want your business.
- Think about the time you are going out and will be actually eating? Are you going to be starving when you get there? Is it later than when you normally eat? If so have a healthy snack before you go out. Fruit and yogurt or hummus and carrot sticks/ pitta or apple and low fat cheese and an oatcake.
- If you eat out more than once a week consider it as a meal you would eat at home rather than a treat meal. So, think about your choices and always make sure you include some veg/salad ideally between a 1/3rd to ½ your plate should be the good stuff and stick to one course.
- Avoid over eating, it’s not worth it and you feel uncomfortable afterward.
- If you fancy 2 or more courses opt for half portions or ask for a doggy bag. Two for one deal on that meal – can be lunch the next day. Waste not want not.
- Stop when you are full. Simple as that and pack it if you don’t want to waste it.
- Eat slowly and notice the flavours. You are more likely to stop when you are full and eat less in the process and still have an amazing meal.
- Sharing – main course and ordering extra veg/salad sides, or dessert so you don’t feel you must push through it, or starters so you get a taste without filling up before your main.
Do let me know if you tried these or found them useful by commenting down below and liking and sharing if you do.
Bye for now x