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Eating Out Sensibly

By Renuka Berry

Food is a basic requirement and healthy food is a necessity. Good food requires a lot of planning and consideration, especialy when eaten outside the home. There are many restaurants that provide good food , but only a few offer healthy food. Here are a few tips on how you can eat out in a healthier and a more sensible manner.

Everyone loves to go out to eat! Food has always been the centre of attention and a way to celebrate an occasion. Food is a basic requirement—healthy food is a necessity. Good food requires a lot of planning and consideration, especially when it is eaten outside the home. There are many restaurants that provide good food, but only a few offer healthy food.

Some important things to do when deciding for a healthy dining out:

  • Monitor the frequency of eating out.
  • Choose the restaurant carefully.
  • Make wise menu selections.
  • Monitor the fats.
  • Make special requests.
  • Practice portion control.
Restaurants are the places to get fancy about food. Obviously, you do not have to cook and can order anything you are craving for. However, each one of us have our own nutritional requirements and restrictions. If you are trying to cut down on fat, cholesterol and salt and you do not go out so often, hence you can allow yourself more liberty while dining at the restaurants. However, if you have to monitor the cholesterol level, the saturated fat and the amount of sodium you receive, because of the high blood pressure and heart disease, you must make your selections more wisely.

Wise Menu Selections
Do not go hungry to a restaurant! It is hard to make appropriate decisions on an empty stomach and when your resistance to ‘danger’ foods is low. Do not starve yourself during the day, thinking you will catch up by overeating or eating the wrong foods later at the restaurant. More often than not, you will eat foods you should avoid and more than you need.

When making a menu selection, concentrate first on the main dish. This will affect what you will order for appetizers and desserts. For instance, there are plates that contain vegetables, there are also others that have none. In this case, ordering a salad as an additional dish may contribute to an adequate and well-balanced dinner. Or the choice of your entree will decide whether or not to order a soup or an appetizer.

Keep in mind the portion size. Sometimes, your eyes can be bigger than your stomach! What this means is—you think you want to eat more than there actually is space to fit it all into. A good idea would be to order your entree with an appetizer and ask the waiter to come back later for the choice dessert.

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