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Five Tips for Making Healthier Choices While Eating Out

Hello, Thriven Community! Coach Jackie here. A common question from our practice members is, “How do I make healthier choices while eating out at a restaurant?” Here are five tips to help you enjoy your dining experience while still making wiser food decisions:

1. Set Your Intentions Ahead of Time

Decide your purpose before heading out. For example, focus on enjoying the company of friends and family, being present, and having fun. Don’t let what you eat or drink dictate whether you have a good time. You’re in charge of your happiness.

2. Plan Ahead

Review the menu beforehand to avoid impulse decisions. Plan your meal before you even sit down so you can confidently make your choice without feeling tempted by less healthy options.

3. Eat Ahead of Time

If you have food sensitivities or are outvoted on restaurant choice, eating a small meal beforehand can help you feel satisfied and in control. When you arrive at the restaurant, choose a simple dish like a salad so you can still participate without being left hungry or unsatisfied.

4. Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do’s: Opt for whole foods like fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains (e.g., rice, quinoa). Drink water or herbal tea. If herbal tea isn’t on the menu, bring a packet along.
  • Don’ts: Avoid deep-fried foods and sugary drinks like soda, juice, and energy drinks. If you want an alcoholic beverage, choose quality wines or drinks mixed with soda water or tonic. Be wary of soups, condiments, and sauces, as they often contain hidden allergens and preservatives. Oil and vinegar are safer options, or bring your own dressing.

5. Enjoy the Experience

Don’t sacrifice your social life for diet goals. Balance is key to overall health, and social connections are essential. By setting intentions, planning ahead, and avoiding certain items, you can comfortably enjoy the dining experience. If necessary, bring your own dressings or snacks to maintain control over your diet.

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Join our thriving Health and Wellness Facebook group for more tips, recipes, and educational content. Let me know in the comments your tips for eating out so we can all learn together.

Have a wonderful evening, everyone!

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