Eat Right While Dining Out

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With the vast number of fast food companies who spend millions of dollars to produce luscious looking food commercials, it’s tempting to indulge in dining out. One may wonder if they can still eat out while living or starting the journey to a health conscious lifestyle? While I completely agree that the healthiest meals can be enjoyed at home, we all can benefit from dining out occasionally. Plus, discovering refreshing new places away from home will add a new spark to your usual routine!
Here are 7 tips for dining out while living a healthy lifestyle.

  1. Reward Yourself!

If you have been strictly sticking to your healthy eating and exercise regimen, following your meal planning to a T, and successfully accomplishing your goals, go out and treat yourself! Make it an occasion and don’t just run to McDonald’s or Taco Bell.
Instead, treat yourself to a sit-down restaurant and invite family and friends along to celebrate with you. Engage in pleasant conversation! You will eat slower and feel fuller faster!

  1. Split Your Meal!

Ask for a to-go box before your food comes to the table so you can split it in half and box it up before you even take a bite. This way, you eat exactly half and have lunch for tomorrow! Or, when dining with a friend, get a larger meal and split it between the two of you!

  1. Substitute It!

As a former server, substitutions for foods can become annoying. Make sure you tell your server that you are trying to eat healthier and thank them for taking extra time to oblige your requests. They want to provide you with what you want, and you want to receive the best, so be courteous! Don’t hesitate to show thanks your servers for their service in the monetary form. Many servers depend on tips.
For Mexican food, substitute beef, pork or chicken for beans, rice or quinoa. Fresh fish is also a healthier substitute in seafood entrées. Get your tacos with light or no cheese, no sour cream and add extra tomatoes or sliced avocados. You may also choose beans and rice for a side or a fresh salad, choose a light vinaigrette on the side. When you ask for dressing on the side you can control the amount you want or you may decide you don’t need it at all. Get a small basket of chips and add salsa or guacamole. Instead of a fried taco, get a hard or soft shell. The best option is to go to an authentic eatery where they make their own, as many Mexican restaurant use lard to make their wraps. If in doubt, Ask!
For breakfast establishments, don’t upgrade to cheesy eggs or cheese on your hash browns. Opt for egg whites instead of yolk if you have eggs. Choose a multigrain pancake or dry wheat toast instead of buttermilk pancakes or buttered white toast. Watch the amount of creamers or sugar you put in your coffee or bring your own creamer/raw sugar from home if you can’t live without it. All natural sugars and vegan creamers are sold in specialty stores. Also see if they offer fresh fruit.
When ordering a burger, try out the house veggie burger if it is available, or choose turkey bacon or turkey/chicken sausage over pork sausage. When a bread basket is suggested, only order one couple if at all or eat a fresh salad instead. Choose a whole wheat pasta with a tomato base, not cream based sauce. Order a vegetarian, chicken or seafood dish instead of beef or pork. Ask for grilled chicken or shrimp instead of fried.

  1. Eat vegetarian!

If you are consuming processed or unprocessed red meat at home, try eating vegetarian when you go out, if you eat meat and are trying to decrease meat consumption.
There are almost always vegetarian options even at America’s most loved fast food joints. Burger King offers a veggie burger, you can order a veggie sub at Subway or Mr. Goodcents, and get all your favorite tex-mex food with beans instead of beef at Taco Bell!

  1. Walk or Bike!

When it is a beautiful evening and you are going out to eat, try walking or biking to a local restaurant! You will work up an appetite by burning calories on the way to eat, and burn them off afterwards. When you know you have to walk after eating, you won’t fill yourself up as much! Just make sure you can carry leftovers home if you have any!

  1. Drink H2O, Not Soda

Order water when you dine out. You can ask for lemon, lime, or other fruit slices to spice up your water and it doesn’t hurt to clean your silverware with a few lemon slices! You can also ask for soda water (carbonated water) and add lemon and lime juice as well. Soda also has tons of added sugar which tricks your stomach into feeling less full. To enjoy your meal better and only eat what you need, refrain from drinking soda with your meal. Not only is this healthier for you, it will also save you some cash!

  1. Just Say No to Dessert

Instead of ordering a sugary dessert, try some fresh fruit. Even better, wait until you get home and indulge in some yogurt or even frozen yogurt with fresh fruit, nuts, dried fruit, or any other healthy toppings!

Coconut Oil: The All-Natural Miracle Oil!

So much can be said about this hairy little fruit, however I mostly want to shed light on its precious and healing oil. Coconut oil has been described as “the healthiest oil on earth,” by The Coconut Research Center, an organization to seeks to shed light on its nutritional benefits and those of several other unprocessed wonders.

Since there are so many health benefits I’d like to go over a few that will be of benefit to women. I like the accessibility of this products for moms that may not have a lot of money to put into beauty treatments, who still want to feel pampered! Here’s what I do with this marvelous product.

1. I cook with it! similar to olive oil, it has a nutty aromatic aroma that compliments most cooking. It also is anti-inflammatory, helps with Candida and thyroid issues in women.
2. I moisturize with it! As refreshing as a HOT shower can be, I find myself so dry and my skin is so thirsty. Coconut Oil is a great remedy to condition the skin and is a natural UV blocker.
3. I put it in my hair! Coconut is one of the most effective oils for hair growth. Keeps your strands strong and does wonders for your scalp! ITS ALL ABOUT THE SCALP! Use your normal conditioner, and after the rinse. Seal in with a dollop of oil.
4. I use it on my babies! Newborns go through such drastic changes in their skin and need constant moister. I found that the oil did the trick. He dry skin cleared up and the rough patches went away.
Hope these tips work and ENJOY!

Love and Laughter.

EIC

The Real Reason Your Tummy Hurts!

TUMMY

Many people have experienced heartburn and terrible stomach aches at some point in their lives,
but what happens when it becomes a frequent or even daily
occurrence that makes it almost unbearable to enjoy your favorite meal? Well, here are a few tips that will help you to get well on your way into a more friendly and health conscious dining experience.

Most people find that common foods that cause acid reflux include alcohol, caffeine,
citrus, chocolate, spicy or fried foods, garlic, onions, peppermint and
tomatoes; and since this is the case you can’t always COMPLETELY eliminate the culprits.

One of the worse parts is that many of the issues linked with chronic acid reflux, or gastroesophageal
reflux disease (GERD), and similar symptoms can lead to the erosion of tooth enamel. This not only breaks the bank in dental fees, but it also leads to more serious issues such as damage to the esophagus; just one main organ of many that feel the burn.

Once you identify your triggers you should actually take a close look at the label. Is your favorite chocolate bar pure? Are you drinking an influx of strong liquors that upset the kidneys and stomach, instead of a glass of red wine? Are you eating your veggies raw instead of lightly cooked? Is what you’re eating full of SALT?

These are questions that are going to challenge you to see what is in your food and makes the necessary changes. Usually, an store-front/checkout line impulse buy is a indication that it may be packed with excess salt, sugar and spices that will make you pay later. Being able to eat WHATEVER you want WHENEVER does not mean you have true POWER. The POWER comes from being able to eat food that adds to you and are healing to the body. Food is meat to be not only fuel, however, an actual medicine. So completely omitting, or gradually limiting the portion sizes of the “no” foods will only increase the level of your health.

“NO FOODS”

Excess Fat

Excess Salt

Excess Sugar

Excess Dairy

Excess Spices

Excess Alcohol

When you eat is just as important as what you eat! It is recommended
that we wait at least three hours after dinner before
going to bed. For many, this means eating dinner at the appropriate time for digestion; that time is 3PM- 6 PM in the day. If you must eat late have a lite salad or maybe some fruit; if it is in season, eat melon by itself.

In closing! Stay away from those AWFUL heart burn and stomach medications that offer up “quick results”, some of them are being recalled as we speak and are toxic to the body. It’s better to stay out of the snake pit, then to dive right in with the anti-venom in tow. Trust in your ability to know your body, instead of relying on something out of a bottle to give you temporary comfort.

Try it and see the results!