Our fashionable routines tell us to eat smart and food shop wisely. After all we want to look amazing in the latest styles and at our fashion week events. Unfortunately we have less control of the food we eat when we are outside. Hello fancy restaurants in the magnificent cities! Well, it truly is hard to say no. Here are some great tips on eating wisely even when you are out having a great time:
- Have the waiter remove the bread.
- On your plate you should only have food by the name of; raw, steamed, boiled, grilled, or baked. Avoid foods by the name of: fried, breaded, tempura style.
- No creamy soups. Ask for broth instead.
- Stay away from processed/deli meats: ham, turkey, bacon, bologna, salami, mortadella. All of the above are highly processed and often have unwanted sugars in it.
- Always ask for dressing on the side for your salad. This will help you skip extra calories on an otherwise super salty/ greasy concoction.
- Steamed vegetables are your friends.
- Skip salt and use lemon whenever possible.
- Skip coleslaw if you are on a diet plan or are looking for healthier skin. The mayo in it will add extra grease in all unwanted places.
- Whenever possible and if you must have it order: mayo, ketchup, butter, or cheese on the side (often you will find yourself using less of it).
- While it may be harder to do, be aware that many restaurants will provide you with larger servings than you would like. If there is no one around to share your food with, then its time to eat 1/2 of your plate and take the rest back home. Skip taking meat (animal leftovers). These can cause a terrible allergic reaction the next day. Fruit, veggies, and grains are just fine.
- When having dessert, always find a sharing buddy. Try to go for sorbet, or fruit.
- Boozy treats like wine should be limited to one serving. 1 glass of wine equals 150 calories.
I hope my tips to eating out like a pro are very helpful in your future outings. Nothing is worse than missing out on a great restaurant with great company or skipping on celebrating an amazing day at work. After all looking and feeling fabulous is a full time job so go out there and practice what you just learned until it becomes second nature.
Maria Andrade is a New York based Certified Holistic Health Counsellor. She graduated from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has been building her wellness coaching practice as well as integrating Pilates and other body healing technique. Maria’s personal nutritional philosophy is based on the concept of bio-individuality. Nutrition should be tackled according to the unique characteristics of the individual, such as ethnicity, blood type, and activity levels. She also bases her healing practice on numerous dietary theories.
Maria co-founded TotalBodyFit in 2008, in the hopes of bringing her message to a larger audience by conducting the health counselling, fitness classes, and massage therapy right in the client’s home, office or resident lounge. She leads TotalBodyFit’s nutrition workshops, corporate, and cooking events. She is available for one on one nutritional counselling.
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