We are all so busy these day, and that makes grabbing food while you're out and about very tempting. But it's easy to make unhealthy choices when you're eating on the run. Sometimes we want to meet friends out for dinner, but again, it's easy to order something that's not very healthy when you see your friends chowing down on a sampler platter of fried cheese sticks and chili cheese fries.
Dr. Snellgrove from Eastern Shore Weight Loss says it is possible for people who are health-conscious to enjoy a meal away from home, and not have that "what have I done" feeling when we get home. He says most restaurants do have at least a few healthy options to choose from, and some places are now putting calorie counts next to menu items. But he says if you're worried about your weight, your should avoid fast food and buffets all together.
Dr. Snellgrove says a good general rule of thumb is to avoid fried food because it's always unhealthy. He also says watch out for carbs, especially with sandwiches, and skipping dessert is always a good idea.
Before you go out to eat, Dr. Snellgrove recommends going online to see if the restaurant where you're planning to eat has an online menu. If there's a menu, there may be a nutritional guide, which can help you plan your meal before you get to the restaurant.
He also says you should realize that most servings in a restaurant are actually two servings in one, so it's a good idea to think about splitting your food. If you're eating with someone, see if you can split a meal with them. If you can't do that, ask your waiter or waitress to put half of the meal in a to-go box, and bring that half out with the check. That way, you're eating a smaller portion size.
As tempting as it is to buy a three or four course meal special, because you get more for your money, Dr. Snellgrove says don't do it. He says no one needs to eat that much food at one sitting, and there's almost no way you can eat all that and stay healthy.
You may also want to ask for your food to be brought out on a smaller plate, like an appetizer plate. Dr. Snellgrove says mentally, we feel the need to fill a plate or bowl completely, so if you feel that need, just use smaller plates and bowls. This can work well at home too.
Look for the healthy menu options and opt for cooking instructions like "steamed," "baked," or "broiled." Ask for veggies instead of fries, and order water instead of soda or tea. If you have a salad, ask for a low fat, low calorie dressing on the side. And no matter what you're eating, or where you're eating, take your time. If you slow down when you eat, your body will realize it's full, so you don't end up overeating.
Eastern Shore Weight Loss
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Fairhope, AL 36532
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Friday: 8:00 - 11:30am
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