Eating Healthy While Going Out
Eating well is a long-term gift you give yourself, and it isn’t just about losing weight. You’ll feel healthier and your body will look healthier. You’ll enjoy added benefits, including increased energy, higher quality sleep, decreased mood swings or general moodiness, increased emotional stability and increased mental functioning. Committing to a healthy lifestyle takes work and will power. Every day, ads full of beautiful, tempting, unhealthy foods are played on the television and radio and splashed across billboards and magazine pages. Every trip to the grocery store or stop at a gas station puts temptation right in front of you. With a few tricks up your sleeve, you’ll be able to eat healthy, even when you’re out and about.
If you know you’re going to be out of the house for a long period of time, pack some healthy snacks to bring with you. Baby carrots, whole or sliced apples, bananas and cherry tomatoes all travel well and are handy to eat on the go. Pre-made salads and sandwiches also work well. It’s important to make sure you have something on hand when the urge to snack strikes. You know your snacking habits. Cater your snacks to the things that usually appeal to you, whether they’re crunchy, sweet or salty.
Plan for Restaurants
You don’t have to avoid eating out to stick to a healthy diet. All it takes is a little preparation. If you know you’re meeting someone for a meal at a particular restaurant, see if you can find the menu online ahead of time. Look for the healthiest options. This way, you’ll avoid making a less-than-healthy impulse decision at the restaurant. If you know you’ll be in a certain part of town around the time you normally have a meal, you can search for restaurants in that area before you go. For example, a search for “East Village brunch” would give you a list of restaurants serving brunch in the East Village. You can find the healthiest restaurant or healthier menu options.
You can always bring your own lunch or dinner when you know you’re not going to be home. If you’re on the road and won’t have time to stop at a restaurant, a packed lunch could save the day. Most gas stations and convenience stores have microwaves available for customers to use to heat food. Alternatively, you can bring something that will be delicious cold, like chicken and pasta with pesto sauce. Soups can be kept warm for a long time in a good thermos.
Healthy eating can be hard when you start, but it gets easier as it becomes a habit. Making the right food choices can help you live a long and healthy life.