Nutrition, Zest for Life

The Best Tip for Sticking to Your Diet at Restaurants

“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there.” ~Venus Williams

Getting healthier means you can never eat at a restaurant again.

Getting healthier means you can never eat at a restaurant again.

What a misconception.

So many people I speak with think that leading a healthier lifestyle means they can never enjoy life again. People I know will say “Sorry, I can’t go there, I’m on a diet.” They spend way too much time trying to justify their food choices to others.

I’ve never been a big fan of the term “diet” anyway. It really brings to mind food that tastes like cardboard and feeling sad all the time.

Getting healthier means you can never eat at a restaurant again.

Change Your Perspective

Leading a healthy lifestyle does not have to mean dieting, high intensity work-outs, or missing out on events & activities you enjoy.

If your friends want to go to a restaurant and they’ve invited you to come along, you don’t have to say “no” every time. Sometimes, if you’ve been sticking really well to your plan, you can even just allow yourself a “cheat meal.”

There are times, though, when you know you need to stick to your plan. Going to a restaurant can feel like a sober alcoholic walking into a liquor store.

These are the times when you need to limit what you see on the menu.

How to Change It

Depending on your plan of choice, often the items that are most likely to fall within your plan will be grouped together.

For example, Hubs and I don’t eat sugars or grains. So if we go to a restaurant, we focus our vision on the steak and salad sections of the menu. We avoid even acknowledging the pasta or the sandwiches.

When I was counting calories, I knew the restaurants that kept a separate low-calorie menu and would only look at that menu. If we were at a restaurant that didn’t have that type of menu, I would typically just focus on the salads and always got my dressing on the side.

Losing weight doesn’t have to mean losing your social life. If it’s been too long, give your best friend a call and set a dinner date right now. It is possible to enjoy life when you’re losing weight, sometimes you just need to adjust your perspective.

Getting healthier means you can never eat at a restaurant again.

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