Healthy Eating

Choosing to eat healthy, workout, and live an active lifestyle is not always an easy decision. Although ideally we would all love to be in great shape, and eat nothing but health food all the time, realistically our busy lifestyles take over, and don’t always allow for that choice. Here are a few helpful tips & tricks to eating healthy, even when we are on the go!

Eating-Out Guide & Guidelines

* Request all sauces & dressings on the side, and then use them sparingly.
* Avoid added fat! Avoid fried foods. Choose steamed, baked, broiled, boiled, poached or grilled instead.
* Avoid restaurants that are “all you can eat” or pride themselves on large portions.
* When ordering a salad, don’t be afraid of being picky; ask for extra vegetables, no croutons and dressing on the side.
* If it is OK with the rest of your party- ask the server not to bring bread (you will save 200 calories or more)
* Plan ahead, pick out what you want to eat before arriving to the restaurant and stay focused. Don’t let other people in your party affect your food choices.
* Have a low fat, high fiber snack (fruit, raw vegetables, or yogurt) before you go out to eat so that you avoid feeling too hungry, and prevent the temptation to over eat.
* Ask for the waiter/waitress to pack ½ of your meal in a to-go box before bringing it to the table. (will save you ½ the calories & will provide you with lunch for the next day)
* Eat your calories, don’t drink them! Order water or non-sweetened iced tea instead of soda or juice.
* When ordering soup, choose broth-based and vegetable soups like minestrone over creamy soups like clam chowder. You will save yourself hundreds of calories, and be careful of sodium.

via cumulusmedical


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