Finding a balance and choosing wisely when eating out , important tips !!! PART 1

I have always maintained most problems happen because of what we put IN our mouth ( eating ) and what we put OUT (speak ) of our mouths .Wars have been fought for the latter and different wars (Obesity, hunger etc.) are  waged for the former.

Anyway this is a food and nutrition blog, I will not bring politics in it .Most of us have struggled with portion control,calorie control quality of food and ultimately weight control when eating out ,socializing and celebrating.

When doing all or any of the above more is always better .We live in a society which has abundance of everything, and generousity and hospitality are equated with having more to serve ,eat and drink . As a result we as a society tend to carry more weight on our bodies (me included) whereas a large proportion of the world population is malnourished.

P.S. Please ignore the tips if you have fabulous metabolism, clean as a whistle arteries and great genetic makeup !!!!

It is always a challenge to make healthier and wiser choices when eating out so few vital things to keep in mind –

1.Never EVER leave home hungry, whether eating in a restaurant or somebody’s home

When eating in a restaurant it takes time to order and if you are in a restaurant where they serve complementary bread or chips you tend to to eat those indiscriminately with all the caution thrown out the window in terms of calories or portion control.

I was at an engagement ceremony last year and I was on a gluten free diet and perpetually starving and  I remember eating the filling from 6 -8 spring rolls throwing out the shell .Needless to say I got strange looks from people around me !!!

SOLUTION – If you know which restaurant you are going to, check out their menu online so you do not waste time reading the menu and deciding when you get there .

2. Do not order appetizers which are deep fried ( Tempura, Pakoras, Mozzarella sticks,Jalepeno poppers, Samosa  etc.)

3  .If you do want to order appetizers order salads with dressing on the side just so that you do not get 300 calories in the dressing alone !!! Off course order olive oil and vinegar based dressing versus a creamy one. Salads fill you up as they have lot of fiber so will provide the fullness without the calories. And yes this will not work if you are in an Indian restaurant as there are hardly any salads on the menu but fried snacks galore !!! Good Luck!!

4. .For appetizers you may order soups if they are creamy but but do not have cream in them .Cream makes food taste decadent but is  high in saturated fat  so a high calorie food .

5. THINK before you order any drinks , this is where the restaurants make most money and this is what your body stores as fat (the sugar in the drinks is converted to fat once the body’s glucose needs are met ).These are liquid calories which do not take away the need for food but contribute to your overall caloric intake . In nutshell easier to take in and most difficult to take off .

Enjoy!!!  EAT ,COOK ,LOVE !!!!

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