Many times of the year that eating out happens more often and the holidays is definitely one of those times. Without a doubt, there are family and friends that you will want to spend time with, and that means eating at a restaurant.
When you are out are you more inclined to eat more or drink more? The odds are that you do!
Here are a few tricks that will help you stay the course and stick to your health and fitness goals.
Arrive on time. If you get there early, someone will suggest you have a drink before dinner. Just because you are eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying the things you like. Having a drink is fine as long as you keep it to a minimum. Remember alcohol is filled with empty calories, lead to poor sleep , and also known to increased food consumption. When you have one, there is more temptation to continue.
Alcoholic drinks served in tall thinner glasses rather than short full glasses tend to limit the amount you drink. Research shows this to be true which can allow some room for you to eat other things while you are out.
Water, water, water! Drink more water instead of taking more and more bites after you are full. Take time to hydrate have a glass of water (with or without lemon)
Avoid the bread and order veggies or protein as an appetizer. Bread can be eaten, but research suggests that eating bread after your main course is better for you. Snacking before the meal makes you want to keep eating it. Don’t fill up on the bread!
Wait until everyone has their food to start eating. This is both polite and beneficial. The longer you are at the table, the more you are inclined to consume.
Order first and order what your mind tells you that is best for you. Waiting for others to order or even asking will promote the idea of switching what you want. Narrow in on a good dinner choice that is in alignment with your goals. Try to choose meals that aren’t covered in gravy and sauces, or deep fried.
Making smart choices during the dinner will allow you to have some room for dessert. Better yet, how about sharing dessert with others. What a fun idea!
Wear something sexy, not too stretchy. No one wants to ruin a great look with a bloated belly lol.
Get up and do your workout the next day. Trust me you will feel better about any choices that you made.
I hope these few easy to do tips help you when dining out during the holidays.
Until Next Time,
Nicole, your healthy lifestyle coach