Even if you are health conscious and try to make all your meals at home so you can avoid the added sugar, carbs, and other not so healthy stuff you can encounter with take-out food and eating out, it is important to note that there are still going to be a few days here and there when you are just not feeling up to the task of making that meal at home.
 
Eating out at restaurants is not something you have to completely skip in order to stay healthy. It all comes down to the choices you make. Follow these easy tips for a successful and guilt free outing.
 
Plan Ahead
 
Know where you are going to go? Then check the menu online beforehand so you can see the choices you will have. Most restaurants these days will have their menus posted online and being able to stack these choices up to other restaurants will prove to be an advantage when finding something good to eat without sacrificing flavor.
 
Avoid the Extra Carbs
 
Most restaurants will offer free bread or chips when you sit down. While this free snack is easy, within reach, and tempting, it might be best to say no thank you so you can keep your health goals on track. All it will do is fill you up and offers virtually no nutritional advantage.
 
Speak Up
 
When out, do not be afraid to speak up and ask any questions you may have such as what kind of oil is used to cook the food and if they have gluten-free options. Even if you are not troubled with any food sensitivities, a gluten-free meal is definitely a step in the right direction.
 
Have Fun
 
Overall, don’t stress yourself out too much when it comes to making these healthy choices while you are out. The entire point of going out is to have fun and experience something different for the night, so don’t weigh down the fun with calorie counting and worrying over whether or not that salad had low-fat dressing or if that piece of bread you snuck was going to undo the week of work you put in at the gym.
 
Experience life, stay as healthy as you can and seek advice from a nutritional coach or personal trainer if you are feeling overwhelmed or have a few questions as to what healthy choices would be when going out.
 
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