It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
It’s happened to all of us – you’re cruising along eating all of the right foods and right portions – you’re the picture of health! Then comes the restaurant invite. Your friends are all going out, and it’s definitely not a place known for its healthy options. How are you supposed to stick to your nutrition plan in this den of temptation? Beer-fried appetizers and huge portions lurk everywhere!
First, take a deep breath and remember that you’re allowed to indulge occasionally as long as you indulge carefully and get right back on track.
Find the healthiest option for the food you’re craving when you are out. Get the tomato sauce with the pasta versus the cream sauce. Then make sure everything else you order is the healthiest choice, such as the side salad.
Portion control is your friend. Share a meal rather than having the whole thing. No one wants to share? No problem. Order an appetizer as an entrée. Or ask for a to-go box with your meal so you can save the leftovers before you even start chowing down. You can even have the restaurant divide your meal in half and bring you part on a plate and part in a bag.
A night out doesn’t have to derail your eating habits. Make conscious indulgences and control portions.