Eating out is both fun and sociable; however, dining out can lead to overeating and poor food choices.
Below are some tips to make healthier choices.
Read the menu before you go
If you’re not familiar with the menu, read it before you get to the restaurant. You’re more likely to make unhealthy choices when hungry or distracted.
The sight and smell of food can make sticking to a plan more difficult, especially if you are hungry.
Choosing your food before you arrive makes it easier to avoid snap decisions you might regret later.
Have a healthy snack
If you’re hungry when you arrive at a restaurant, you may end up eating too much. One way to prevent this is to eat a healthy snack before you get there. A low-calorie, high-protein snack like yogurt could make you feel more full and help prevent overeating.
Water is a fantastic choice for drinking before and with a meal, especially if you drink it instead of sugar-sweetened drinks. Replacing sugar-sweetened drinks with water can help reduce your intake of calories and added sugar.
Try eating mindfully
Mindful eating means making conscious choices about what you consume and giving your full attention to the eating process.
Take the time to savour the aromas and flavours of your meal, as well as thoughts and feelings that arise while you eat. Mindful eating has been linked with healthier food choices in restaurants, it can also help improve your self-control and prevent you from overeating.
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