Eating healthy is one of the best ways to take care of yourself and stack the odds in your favor if you are serious about avoiding disease and extending your life. There’s a good reason that you have probably heard people say that “You are what you eat.” That’s because, in many ways, it is quite true. Eating fat and sugar-laden “junk” foods regularly for decades greatly increases your chances of getting sick with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, any number of autoimmune diseases and a long list of other potential life-changing health problems.
While there are many people who manage to stick to a healthy diet by preparing most of their meals and snacks at home, dining out usually presents a unique challenge. Any restaurant you are likely to visit has a limited menu and much of the time, making healthy selections from the menu is a real challenge. It’s true that the vast majority of eateries offer some type of salad, but opting for that each and every time you go out to eat can get old quickly. It’s not unreasonable to “cheat” once in a while and enjoy a few less-than-healthy treats now and then, and dining out usually presents many opportunities.
Depending on how often you dine out, a little cheating here and there could easily turn into a big problem. That’s why you should seriously consider these seven tricks that can help you stay on course and avoid throwing your healthy eating habits out the window every time you decide to enjoy the many pleasures of dining out.
1. Be careful where you eat
It’s easier these days than ever to learn a lot about an establishment before you actually walk in, sit down and order a meal. Most restaurants these days have an online presence that includes their menu, making it easy to select a place that offers the kind of food you like and offers healthy meal options. While an all-you-can-eat or buffet establishment might make for an enjoyable indulgence once in a while, avoid making a habit of it since it is so easy to overeat when you know you are not paying for every additional helping.