I Don’t Know About YOU but I Love to EAT OUT
It is One of the Truly Positive Things of the 21st Century & Australia is the Choice of Restaurants
However I am very Particular in where I go: The Food has to Good and Healthy
The Restaurant and Staff Warm, Friendly and Inviting
My husband and I have a date night at least once a week, where we will go out for tea. It doesn’t have to be expensive but I love it because I have a night off and we have time to talk.
Then there are always those Special Occasions coming up such as holidays, outings, so if you have been sticking to a healthy diet to just assist your health or to lose weight.
Then you want to be able to Enjoy these Special Occasions without blowing the progress you have been making with your healthy eating
Here I share with You my 10 tips to Help you to Stay on Track
1. Start your day actively: No matter what your schedule – Always make time to start your day with exercise. By putting on an exercise video, going for a walk or attending the yoga class.
2. Don’t deny yourself: Studies show that those who deny themselves their “favourites” often consume more calories in other food selections and are more likely to “binge” later. Decide in advance what you’ll have and how much you’ll put on your plate, and then stop. Don’t count calories get to know what catabolic foods can do for you. Be aware of what you are eating and how it will benefit your health. When you choose a decadent treat that your heart desires you will only have a small quantity and by making a conscious decision you will enjoy these now and then.
3. Avoid Eating out of Habit: Sometimes when you have visitors, maybe when you go out, you may tend to eat just because everyone else is eating. Without truly thinking about whether we are hungry or not. If you are not truly hungry then you may then opt for an appetiser or entrée something light just to be sociable.
I make it a rule to “Never” eat on the Run, no matter Where or Whom I am out with
I always Stop and Sit down to a meal: This way you are Mindful of choice of Food also How much you are Eating.
You will Relax and Enjoy your Food. This is also beneficial for your Digestion.
4. Drink water before and after your meal: This is important regardless no matter what because becoming dehydrated is also very dangerous for our health. It is a known fact that the consumption of water decreases cravings and helps to regulate hunger. Be sure to consume water after any exercise workouts also when on outings ensure that you are regularly drinking water as this will decrease the likelihood of getting a headache as many of us do when we are out and about. It is such a spoiler of good times.
5. Regulate your Meat Protein Portion size: If you are having steak or chicken it is important to that the size portion consumed should be no bigger than the size of your hand. The other important thing is to avoid sauces and cheese added to meat meals as these are very difficult for your digestion. Always have a side serve of vegetables or salad as this will aid digestion with your meat protein
6. Take time for Physical Family Activities. When going out for a picnic or day in the park enjoy games such as tennis, cricket, throwing of a football or basketball. Go as a family for a nature walk or if a nice day the beach is great for a swim and games in the water. It is so important to play and laugh with your family. Doing physical activity together strengthens family bonds and builds traditions that can last generations.
7. Leftovers: If you’re having family meals and get togethers then with the leftovers put then into disposable containers so that any of your guests can take these home or you may be able to freeze these for later.
8. Throw it away: This is so important especially for Mum’s or Dad’s with young children, what only gets half eaten don’t you eat it or get someone else to eat it-Throw it away – I tend to throw it into the garden then any birds or other animals will eat it.
9. So Getting Back on Track: Remember that the occasional splurge is what us nutrition experts call “moderation”. So every now and then go ahead have something that you love or that may be comforting! You deserve it! Remember, a splurge should only be part of a meal or the occasional treat on a particular day. You will find if you eat poorly for several days, you will not only start to set the pattern again for weight gain, but you will also begin to feel tired, lethargic and very vulnerable to eating poorly. Allow it to be the occasional plan to enjoy these occasional treats then get back on track to continue with your healthy living habits that you have put into place.
10.Don’t Feel deprived: One of the biggest problems I know myself and have seen people trying to overcome is the feeling of deprivation from not having the chocolate, cake, chips or whatever you may have thought to be your fancy. I overcame this by changing my thinking that if it was a food or beverage that wasn’t going to be good for me or nourishing then I wouldn’t indulge. The other ways to is that I usually fill myself up first with all of the healthy foods and then I am not hungry therefore I don’t have room for the foods that are not good for me. I have always done that with my shopping I first buy all of my fruit and vegetables, any meat or fish then there is little left in the budget for the junk or foods that are not going to nourish me or my family