away from home is fun and may be a necessity for many
people. Eating out certainly is convenient even though
it usually costs more than eating at home.
Planning restaurant meals that fit dietary guidelines
can be tricky. You are often faced with foods that don't
quite fit your idea of a healthful diet. What can you
do to get what you want?
Take a Tip from the Menu
As you look at the menu for your favorite restaurant,
read the food descriptions carefully. Even if the menu
describes the foods to be served, you will learn it
is a good idea to ask a few questions. One of the key
questions is, "How is it prepared?"
you eat out you probably are looking for foods that
are tasty. Part of the reason for eating out is to enjoy
delicious foods that might be special or different from
what is prepared at home.
a variety of foods. This is an easy guideline when you
eat at restaurants that offer plenty of food choices.
Once in a while you may enter a restaurant that has
a limited menu. In that case try these two steps:
the foods that would give you the most variety and order
them. Consider the rest of your day and what foods have
been or will be eaten. Plan foods for the rest of the
day that will give more variety. Balance the foods you
eat with physical activity to maintain or improve your
weight. This is the heart of the matter for many people.
What can be selected to help keep weight under control?
There seem to be so many rich desserts, sauces, dressings,
and gravies to contend with--not to mention the volumes
of butter and sour cream mounded on baked potatoes!
you eat, here are added tips:
Eat slowly. Use conversation freely if you are dining
with someone. Ask for your plate to be removed immediately
after you are finished. Fold up your napkin and place
it on the table. You will be surprised how this simple
act reminds you that you are finished with your meal.
(If you have a paper napkin, you could place it over
the food left on your plate. This may not be proper
etiquette but "out of sight, out of mind.") Keep your
water glass filled and sip freely from it, especially
after you are finished eating.
When spreads, sauces, gravies, or salad dressings are
added to pasta, rice, potatoes, or salads, the product
may change from lean and light to calorie- and fat-laden.
Ask how foods are prepared. Be ready to choose wisely
by thinking through the menu before you arrive at the
order counter. Otherwise you may be swayed off course
as you make a last minute decision.