About the Author: My name is Ally Kuehn. I am a 21 year old, senior at Ohio University majoring in Applied Nutrition and Dietetics. I am preparing myself to graduate in May 2017. My goals are to become happy and healthier person through nutrition, health and wellness. Instagram: Kuehnhealth Website: Click Here to see KuehnHealth Blog
The struggle I have faced with my new diet and lifestyle change has been dining out. In the restaurant, trying to get something on the menu that I would like and would be a healthier choice for me. My family and friends sometimes tease me for going for the healthier option on the menu or customizing it to fit my needs. Don’t let those comments get you down. Every time you pick up your fork you are investing in yourself!
Here’s some top tips that have helped me when dining out:
Order Up: What would you like to drink?
Personally, I get a craving for soda, lemonades, or alcoholic drinks sometimes with dinner. The hard thing at the restaurant is the waiter or waitress will refill your drink. Which isn’t bad at all, they are doing their job! But, if you ever find yourself craving those sugary or alcoholic drinks with dinner, have one. You don’t have to shame your choices or body. Then, after the one drink switch to water for the rest of the meal.
If you don’t have certain cravings. Just opt for a water with your meal every time. One time, I was asked what made me happy in life. I said “a nice, cold glass of water” and its still true to this day, as silly as that sounds! Water helps your whole body function and operate, so drink up friends! Cheers with my refillable water bottle, that I cart around everywhere.
We ordered our choice of drink, now what are we eating?
You’ve scanned through the menu several times. You cant pick what to eat, or it seems like the restaurant doesn’t have a lot of vegan or vegetarian options. Don’t worry I got you! Harvard Healthy Eating Plate guidelines are how I choose my meal. The overall goal of the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate guidelines is to consume all the food groups in certain portions. Half your plate should be fruits and vegetables. One fourth of the plate should be grains like quinoa or brown rice, and the last fourth of the plate should be protein like tofu or tempeh.
A struggle when dining out is the portions are too large. I often ask for them to bring a take out box at the beginning of the meal. I then proceed to put half of my meal in the take out box; to ensure I won‘t overeat. Another option, if the restaurant serves large portions is to eat your vegetables or fruits first and fill up on those. If you are not seeing anything that fits these guidelines don’t be afraid to make your own meal. Choosing items and sides that will be delicious and nutritious. Finding an a la carte menu or ordering an appetizer as your entrée. The possibilities are endless. Again, don’t let the haters bring you down. What‘s on your plate should be what you like and will fuel your body.
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