That anxiety that you feel when you are invited to dine out with the girlfriends is not necessary. In todays day and age, its so common for us to meet friends out for a drink and meal for a social catch up, but so many of my clients experience a real feeling of anxiety before heading to their chosen restaurant for the evening. THIS IS UNNECESSARY.
I am a big believer in balance and have coached many client thats have been on yo yo diets most of their lives and can tell you THEY JUST DONT LAST. So I encourage you to go out and enjoy time out with friends, socialising and just enjoying food and wine in a balanced and healthy way.
I strongly believe that if you have nourished your body through the week and you are going out excited to be with friends with no guilt attached, that it is truly healthy, but there are a few little tips that I would like to share, to ensure that out choices can stay as healthy and nourishing as possible.
Be mindful when eating out, of some hidden fats. If you’re new to this game, I expect you will get caught out on some of these things. Its ok, do so with no guilt or remorse, but just know that this will get easier with time. You can do it.
When you are faced with a restaurant menu, make sure you read and evaluate the menu, every time. Ask for no sauce or dressing and check how your meat is cooked and where it is sourced. Did you know that sometimes in an attempt to tenderize the meat, it can be coated in butter, or in an attempt to crisp up your fish, it is rolled in flour? Just when we think we are making great choices. Dammit!
Going out for coffee and cake with the girls? Be mindful of cakes and muffins – although they say low fat- I would still treat them as a ‘treat’, or just know that there are better choices out there. Most restaurants don’t make cakes without butter or other sticking agents and some sort of sweetener. Just because the menu says Banana bread, doesn’t mean it is a great choice for you. My favourite go to when heading out for a “coffee catch up” is a half almond milk and half coconut milk latte and maybe a raw clean treat.
Breaky options: why not stick to poached eggs, avocado, spinach and some gluten free toast
Lunch: A “Big ass salad” will do the trick. Just make sure it has a good balance of healthy protein, good fats, carbohydrates and fibre.
Dinner: Fish and vege? Steak and salad? Try something that you wouldn’t usually make yourself at home but then tweak it. No batter thanks and hold the dressing.
It will take practise but it gets easier over time I promise. Just remember too – if you are drinking, your body will first try and metabolise the alcohol so whatever you are eating takes second priority to be burnt. If I were you – I would opt for a healthy dinner so that I didn’t have to forfeit that glass of vino. hehe
I would love to hear your secret little tips on healthy eating out. Make sure you share this post with your friends, and share on social media if you think you know someone that this may help.