Summertime Eating Part 1: Tips for Eating Meals Out

healthy eating Jun 14, 2018

Do you get tired of cooking during the summertime? As the weather warms up Rachelle and I both find it hard to feel very motived to cook. We think it’s the heat. :)  

That means we’re left with two options. Eat out or cook simpler meals.

Today, I want to share some tips on how you can make eating out a more enjoyable experience for your health and pocketbook.

Next week I’ll share with you some ideas of how to cook simpler meals.

Tips for Eating Out

 Order First

You know that awkward moment when the waiter says, “Who’s first?” The next time this happens, jump to be the first one! Ordering first gives you an advantage for a couple or reasons:

  • You set the tone for the type of food – if you order a healthy salad or ask for the sauce(s) on the side, your friends may benefit from your example and replicate.
  • You won’t feel badly for ordering healthier or unhealthier than everyone else. You made up your mind first and knew what you wanted, you don’t need to worry about what everyone else does!
  • It’s easier to order cheaper food because you aren’t comparing yourself to your friends and the waiter doesn’t have anyone to compare you to at the table yet either. :) 
Be the Last Person Eating:

If you’re like me, it’s hard to not eat quickly. I grew up in a large family. If you wanted seconds at dinner the only way to get it was to finish before everyone else! However, this kind of eating often leads to overeating, which large restaurant plate and portion sizes don't help!

Instead, slow yourself down and set a pace so that you are “racing” to come in last. This helps you avoid overeating and helps you fill up slowly. By the end of the meal you will probably opt to skip dessert and save yourself a few extra bucks! :)

Embrace To-Go Boxes:

Split your food at the beginning of the meal (especially when it is a dinner entrée!). Cut it down the middle and then eat half of it and save the other half for a to-go box. If you're worried about following this strategy, ask the waiter for a to-go box at the beginning and box up half your meal before you start eating.

Following this strategy and the previous one will help you avoid overeating while also saving you a meal for later, thereby saving you time and money!

Mind the Conversation

Don’t encourage or allow any kind of body bashing or “fat” talk (or anything else unhealthy for that matter) at the table. This kind of talk can cause unhealthy behaviors and unknowingly create stress during the meal. The stories we tell ourselves and others, whether in our head or out loud, have an impact! If others bring these conversations up, politely ask to change the topic.

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