THE MOTHERS DAY GUIDE TO EATING OUT: GUILT-FREE

Thinking of treating that special someone to an indulgent restaurant to celebrate? Follow these simple eating out tips to help you enjoy the meal without derailing your progress.

1. AVOID STARCH-BASED DISHES.

Depending on where you dine, the portions of pasta or rice-based meals tend to be quite large. Hence, your Calorie and carb consumption will be higher. Wherever possible, aim for lean, protein or cruciferous veggie-heavy dishes, and go light on starchier options.

2. EAT YOUR CALORIES, DON’T DRINK THEM.

Skip the alcohol and Caloric beverages, such as soft drinks and juices. Most restaurant meals contain at least 150% of the Calories of any dish you might prepare at home, and many contain far more. So it’s wise to limit your added Calories that don’t provide much in terms of nutrients.

While many consumers tend to throw up their hands and “give up” at the sight of high Calorie values on restaurant menus- all is not lost! Save Calories where you can and ensure that you are consuming nutrient dense calories. Just by skipping the sip could when you dine out could amount to nearly 3 lbs of weight lost in a single year!

3. THE RULE: CHOOSE SIMPLICITY.

Don’t be afraid to have a special order! Many restaurants will offer adjustments based on allergies and preferences, and there is no harm in asking right?!? Skipping a cream-based gourmet sauce, such as mayonnaise or aioli in lieu of ketchup or mustard can easily remove a significant amount of empty Calories from your order.

4. FILL UP ON GREENS.

This could mean ordering an entree of salad (dressing on the side!) before your main, or you could even snack on salad or veggies before you head to the restaurant. This way you are getting plenty of nutrients, you’ll arrive feeling fairly full and will be less likely to over consume on the indulgent foods spread out in front of you.

5. GET STRAIGHT BACK ON TRACK AFTERWARDS.

If you do decide to have a treat, don’t punish yourself, or starve yourself afterwards. Simply get straight back on track with your training and nutrition. Life is about balance, and learning to enjoy a meal out, without sabotaging your progress, is an important lesson. So enjoy treating your mum, and the delicious food, then make sure your next meal is nutritionally on point!