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Dining Out Doesn't Have to Derail You - Here's How...

Reaching your fitness goal is tough. It’s one thing to eat healthy at home when you’re in control of what’s available — but eating out over the holidays can sometimes put a strain on our healthy eating habits. It's a part of life — and quite enjoyable, don’t you think?! — so feeling confident and comfortable with making healthy choices with the options you're given is an important part of continuing your healthy lifestyle.

The holidays are only a month away, where your calendar will be overflowing with socially distanced events. Therefore, now is the time to get this under wraps so you can sail right into the holiday season confident that you won’t enter the new year with any unwelcomed extra pounds! (Stick with me because I’ll be helping you navigate the holidays when they arrive, as well.)

Here are a few simple tips you can take with you wherever you go…

1. Don’t be afraid to ask. If you’re having difficulty finding something healthy on a menu, don’t be afraid to ask for a modification. For example, if you’re at an Italian restaurant with a menu full of pasta dishes — consider substituting the pasta for broccoli or spinach. You still get the toppings and sauce, but without the plate full of carbs. I love doing this!

2. Don’t drink your calories. This goes for anytime, but an incredibly simple way to make a small healthy shift is to choose water. It’s clearly the healthiest choice, but this doesn't mean you can't enjoy a green tea or the occasional glass of red wine alongside your water. Balance is everything, but water is the top priority.

3. Prepare yourself before going out. Deciding which of the meals on the menu are both tasty and healthy can be time-consuming and not the kind of task you want to do while you’re in the restaurant. It can be smart to look at the menu of the restaurant before hand, which can usually be found on their website. From the comfort of your own home, you can research which of the meals is the healthiest, and you'll be ready to order when you get there without studying the menu for ten minutes!

Another of my favorite tips is ordering an appetizer as my meal with a side salad. The amount of food you get with an appetizer and a small side salad is usually just the right amount – unlike the oversized portions often found on the entrée menu.

So, as you can see, these are simple hacks that can make a difference in the quality of food you eat while eating out. With healthy restaurants popping up everywhere, it becomes easier and easier to find healthy options while eating out, so take advantage of that. What are some of your favorite healthy hacks to use while eating out? Hit reply and let me know, I love to add new tips to my arsenal.

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