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Tips For Eating Healthy At Restaurants

Think Dieting Means Having To Say "NO" To Any Social Or Personal Activities?

Yes, you do have to make some sacrifices but rule of thumb is `’everything in moderation”. I’m sure you’ve heard the whole balance is key speech, well if you’re a competitor that rule goes out the door. But for us normal people who just want to make better choices to reach our goals, then yes, you can still eat out with friends and family once in awhile. Here are some tips to keep in mind when that time does come for you.

  • Don't be afraid to be specific! That is the waiter(tress’) job to serve you. Just tip well obviously. Ask for your entree to be grilled or baked instead of fried, or without butter and salt, and with sauces on the side. No that doesn’t guarantee that they’ll actually do all that but you know all you can do is hold up your end and ask.
  • Veggies veggies veggies! Ask for your sides to be replaced with extra vegetables. Every restaurant has “seasonal vegetables” you can order extra of or a salad with a vinaigrette or light dressing on the side. No cheese or croutons if you’re going that specific and use the fork technique for your dressing all you need is a dip of your fork in the dressing per bite not the whole ¼ cup of dressing they dump onto your salad.
  • Plan ahead! Just about every restaurant nowadays has their menu on their website. If anything you can always get any protein (steak, chicken, seafood) grilled and then ask for rice, or a potato, paired with a vegetable. The only real issue with eating out is what goes on behind the scenes. Are they throwing a stick of butter in the pan before grilling your very specific chicken breast or steak who knows but that’s where most, myself included, would choose to count myself out of most activities or even better just eat before and still go out and enjoy yourself. Don't torture yourself!

And if all that still doesn’t work then maybe you should back out of that McDonald’s drive thru...Not the same sorry to tell you.

Nonetheless, dieting and eating right should come as a reward to your body not vise versa. Work your body, tear your muscles, grow your muscles, recover and repeat. For that process to flow correctly and more importantly for you to see results you have to properly feed your body as well. “The power is in the balance: we are our injuries, as much as we are our successes.”

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