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A Healthier Me {6, Restaurants}…

March 2, 2011

Josh and I don’t eat out a lot. We both pack (healthy) lunches and during the week we rarely venture to restaurants. But come the weekend, its hard for us to avoid trying out at least one exciting new restaurant or old favorite. So, how do you navigate that restaurant menu when you’re trying to lose weight? These were some of the rules I followed:

  • Know your portions. This is key to keeping restaurant meals healthy. Generally nothing in a restaurant is as healthy as it could be if you made it yourself, so knowing how much you should eat is important.
  • Avoid that bread basket. It’s hard (trust me, I know).
  • Avoid anything breaded or fried. Look for things that are baked, broiled or roasted instead.
  • Try to select fish or seafood. Grilled salmon and shrimp cocktails are generally pretty healthy options.
  • Be weary of salads. They are rarely as healthy as you think. Ask for fat-free dressings.
  • Ask if butter or other sauce is added during cooking and ask if it can be left out. This can save you a lot of calories and fat, but typically doesn’t change the flavor and most restaurants are happy to oblige.
  • If you slip up, don’t panic.  Try to counter it by eating green vegetables and increasing your water intake to flush out extra sodium.
  • Pizza is a big part of our life (yum). I’ve taken to ordering veggie pizzas with no cheese. It is surprisingly delicious! Stick to thin crusts and if possible switch to whole grain or wheat crust.

This blog is part of A Heathier Me, a series about my experience achieving a healthier lifestyle. Click the following links to read the first post, 16.5 Pounds, the second post, The Rules, the third post, Evolution, the fourth post Food Rules, or the fifth post Prepare.

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