It’s been a total whirlwind this week getting back into the swing of things after being away and catching up on Pilates training and work. I LOVE traveling and crave the inspiration and perspective it gives me but also enjoy coming back to a routine and being productive.
All the eating out I was doing while traveling and celebrating with family and friends inspired me to do a little guide to eating out if you’re trying to keep things fit and trim for the upcoming bathing suit season like me.
Eating out does not have to be a daunting thing and can be quite manageable if you are equipped with the right tools and information. So here it is, MSF guide to eating out.
4 Simply Fit Rules When Dining Out
- Plan ahead-if you know where you’re going ahead of time GREAT! This gives you some information on the menu and what is offered there. Skim the menu online or while you’re waiting to be seated so you can prepare yourself mentally and choose something when you’re not pressured to or starving.
- Share, share that’s fair-we ALWAYS share our food. This is mostly because I have this obsession with trying a little bit of everything but also because it keeps portions under control and I am not forced to finish a plate (I leave that to my husband who has the metabolism of a 12 year old boy).
- Slow your role-we can take a page out of many European countries’ books and slow down our eating process. Eating mindfully is wonderful for so many reasons but if you can implement being present with your food, tasting every bite and chewing thoroughly I promise you will eat less and be more satisfied. I tend to stop and sip my water or beverage before I go back for more to see if I’m still in fact hungry.
- Be a picky eater-choose what is important to you and forget the rest. If there is a really yummy Pinot on the menu that would go amazing with your salad or appetizer, skip the bread and dessert. If you had your eye on that flourless chocolate cake before your water was even poured, choose a lighter option before and forgo the glass of wine.
In the end it’s all about balance. Balance in the sense that you should never completely deprive yourself, so have a glass of bubbly when there’s reason to celebrate or have your taco on Tuesday because you WANT it. There is also the balancing act of taking into account what you’ve already indulged in so you can make up for it in other areas. You can certainly have your cake and eat it too, just have a salad for your next meal.
Do you have any great tips for eating out that you practice? Would love to hear!
Have a wonderful Friday everyone 🙂