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Dining Out

By Jack Haynes | In Blog

I just got back from a long weekend of snowboarding, and I have to tell you, I love traveling, but it got me thinking of how I could maintain the nutritional habits I need for this contest while still enjoying the trip.  Traveling and eating correctly isn’t easy.  I don’t know about you, but when I’m home and in my normal routine, I find it easy to keep up good nutritional habits.  When I’m traveling, not so much.  For one, it’s not always convenient to have the right food handy.  Second, you’re doing what more often?  that’s right – eating out.  If you’re on the road (unless you’re camping) then you will be hitting the restaurants.  Personally I think that’s part of the fun of traveling.  Here are some dining out tips that could be helpful:

1. Don’t go starving.  If you normally eat every three to four hours, then try to stay on that schedule.  Snack if you need to.  Don’t “save up” your appetite.  If you do, you’ll over-order.  If you would normally have a dinner salad and then a dinner entree, then do the same.  You don’t need three appetizers to go with it.

2. Eat your vegetables.  This is important whether you’re on the road or at home.  Vegetables are filling and keep you from eating too much of the bad stuff.  Many places now are health conscious enough to honor your special requests (steamed, not sauteed, etc.)

3. Eat slowly.  Take your time and enjoy the meal.  Dining out is an experience and should be savored.  See if you can identify the different flavors and spices and enjoy them.  If you eat slowly enough, you may find out that you no longer have room for seconds or dessert.

4. Avoid the all-you-can-eat places.  Seriously, who needs all of that?  I personally don’t thing many of these places are that good anyway.  In order to make their money they can’t be using the highest quality ingredients (in most cases).  I always find myself trying to “get my money’s worth,” and that NEVER turns out well!

5. It’s ok to splurge a little!  Yes, if it’s your favorite chop house, get a juicy steak!  If you want a dessert, then order a dessert.  I personally think it’s better to eat a dessert PORTION at a restaurant than to go home and make a whole dessert then have the rest of it around, because then you will eat it all if you don’t have help.  Stick to your rules.  Cheat days are cheat days, just make sure they don’t turn into “cheat weeks.”

Eating out should be a fun, social experience, not something to elicit feelings of guilt or remorse later.  Just don’t forget your goals and stick to the plan!

7 Comments to "Dining Out"

  • Britanica says:

    March 16, 2016 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    My trick to eating out is ordering a drink and finishing 2 glasses before my food arrives. I find I not only eat less, I am able to eat healthier and still be satisfied. Very good advice right here none-the-less. I don’t eat out often at all but when I do, I will keep this all in mind!

  • Lindsay Wordlaw says:

    April 22, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    I think just eating vegetables is the only thing that works for me from all the rest. It doesn’t require you to starve yourself and even when you’re bloated from eating vegetables, you won’t really get fat. It’s the perfect alternative. It’s not that very tasty though and not very delicious at times.

  • Kassandra Whiteside says:

    April 22, 2016 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    You know, I notice that if I eat slowly, I feel like I’m full in the same length of time when I’m eating fast. What I’m saying is that I think this can really help us reduce what we eat because I think there’s a tendency for our body to think that we’re already full if we eat slowly. Just my two cents.

    1. Jack Haynes says:

      May 15, 2016 at 2:16 am - Reply

      I completely agree Kassandra. Slow eating definitely works. Fantastic tip!

  • Amber says:

    May 14, 2016 at 3:33 am - Reply

    A lot of great tips I’m going to start. Drinking water before hand and lot of veggies. I also feel that eating out is part of a vacation. It’s fun and you get to experience new foods….but yeah I don’t want it to be a set back.

    1. Jack Haynes says:

      May 15, 2016 at 2:05 am - Reply

      I completely agree – relax and enjoy yourself on vacation!

  • Daniel says:

    June 10, 2016 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I’m quite guilty with starving myself. There are busy mornings when I rushed myself to finish some task until I forgot to sit for breakfast, then I’d rush to the nearest fast-food restaurant and eat more than I should. I know that this is very unhealthy so I’ll try to improve my schedule.

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