You can minimize eating out but it’s not realistic to totally eliminate it for the rest of your life. Learn how to eat healthy at restaurants rather than turning down invites or sitting awkwardly at the table drinking lemony water while everyone else is eating. Instead of having a panic attack anytime there’s a notion of eating out, consider these tips:
Research the menu ahead of time & look for better options. Look for #basicAFnutrition foods like simply cooked meats/veg entrees and veggie sides. Avoid or sub fried items.
Eat smaller portions during the day and save the calories for the restaurant
Decide if you’re going to have either alcohol, an appetizer or a dessert. Choose ONE & be happy with it.
Ask questions & give special instructions. 99% of places will make special cooking requests. Inquire about portion sizes & don’t be afraid to ask for something not on the menu.
Watch the extra fat. Fats taste good but quickly spike the calories. Hold the guac, bacon, nix the cheese, butter, sour cream, etc, ask your food to be cooked in light oil & ask for sauces/dressing on the side.
Get carbs pre or post-workout if that’s your thing. Otherwise, double up on that #greenshit.
Eat slowly, chew your food, & enjoy the company instead of eating like a starving heathen.
Restaurant portions are huge and you’d likely be satisfied with half. If half is good, box up the leftovers or be done with the meal. You ain’t gotta clean ya plate, folks!
Control what you can & accept good enough. Sometimes your buds wanna go to the hot fried-chicken shack. Accept you won’t have control over how everything is cooked or know exactly what’s in the food. Do your best & be done with it!
Realize 1-2 meals out a week will do very little to your progress if you stick to your plan most of the time. Enjoy your time with friends and family and just get right back to what you were doing the very next opportunity.
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