Who doesn’t love to go to a restaurant and have someone cook for you? Yes, I love to cook at home, but sometimes it’s just nice to go out with friends, or go on a date and enjoy & try different foods!
Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain weight, or simply maintain, you CAN enjoy dining out! Especially in Dallas where that’s the number one thing to do 😉
First of all, know what your body needs (nutrition-wise) on a daily basis. All foods are made up of the 3 Macronutrients which are: Protein, Carbs, Fat. A common breakdown for the general population is about 35% of your daily calories coming from Protein, 40% Carbs, and 25% Fat. Not sure how much you should be eating calorie-wise? Contact us, we will help!
Basically, once you understand how to fuel your body properly, then it just comes down to staying balanced. When you go to dinner, choose a meal that contains a little bit of EACH macronutrient. For example, one of my favorite restaurants here in Dallas is HG Suply Co. I like to get the “Create your own bowl.”
- I choose one protein: Grilled chicken
- I choose 2 carbs/starches: Sweet potato hash and Brussels sprouts
- I choose 1 fat: Guacamole (the food is cooked in coconut oil, so I ask for the guac on the side and use about half)
This is a great example of balancing out your meals when you go out to dinner.
Craving pizza? Great! We LOVE pizza! Opt for thin crust, throw on lots of veggies, add grilled chicken. YUM.
Craving Mexican food? Our favorite! Order the chicken or steak fajitas, opt for a couple corn tortillas, nix the sour cream/cheese, and reach for the guac!
All in all, ENJOY YOURSELF! Don’t stress out about going out to eat because you feel like you won’t know what to get, or can’t have anything on the menu. It’s all about creating BALANCE and living a healthy LIFESTYLE. Just make little adjustments here and there. Go for what you really enjoy, and leave out foods you know you won’t miss too much. Want dessert? Skip the appetizer. Want that margarita? Go easy on the chips and salsa. 😉 Don’t deprive yourself, just practice mindful eating and self control.