I love to eat out with family and friends, I make it a weekly ritual. I actually think that if I didn’t eat at my local burger place one weekend the manager would file a missing persons report. It’s one of life’s simple pleasures and something I love to do.
Just because you want to stay fit and healthy doesn’t meant that you have to miss out. It simply means making better food choices more often.
I want to help you avoid post Burger regret and potentially create a negative association with something you love. Below is a list of simple tips to help you make better choices when dining out.
1. Research your restaurants
We all have technology at our fingertips, it’s easier than ever to check out restaurants in your area in advance. If you can, choose a spot where you know healthy meals are available so you’re not stuck for options.
Check out the menu the night before and plan what you’re going to eat. That way, you won’t be overwhelmed by a waiter standing over you tapping their pen on the paper and order 2 extra sides of chips.
2. Don’t go out for dinner starving.
Arriving at the local burger shop or restaurant when you're absolutely starving can be a recipe for disaster. The same applies to grocery shopping. That's why I always recommend you ‘snack before you shop’. You’re more likely to over-order or overeat and less likely to go for a healthier option when your tummy is rumbling.
Be sure to drink plenty of water at least half an hour before a meal as dehydration often rears its head as hunger.
3. Don’t be afraid to alter your meal
Remember its ok to a change or want to ask for a healthier option - don’t be afraid to speak up! Most venues are pretty accommodating, particularly with the growing number of Aussies wanting a healthier alternative.
And yes, this might mean asking a couple of polite questions to the waiting staff or pushing back against the peer pressure of your friends.
4. Is Bigger better?
The Food world has the typical perception is that 'bigger is better', and we're all looking for great value, most dining outlets will serve portion sizes bigger than your standard home cooked meal.
If you're going to try a few dishes, consider ordering an entrée instead of a main, share a meal or simply stop when you’re full. You don’t always have to finish everything on your plate. You shouldn’t feel sick from eating too much. That just ruins the enjoyable night you have had
5. Go easy on the sauce
Most of the time the sauces and dressings used at Burger places and restaurants add a lot of unnecessary fat and calories to your meal. Simply ask for your sauce on the side or go for a simple drizzle of olive oil and balsamic. Its as easy as that
Remember - it's okay to treat yourself from time to time, but don’t forget moderation is key