16 Quick Tips for Eating at Restaurants
by: Paul M. Jerard Jr.
Most of us are eating at restaurants for a variety of
reasons; time and convenience are the most common motives.
Below is a prepared list of quick tips for eating out
of your home.
If you eat healthy food or sensible portions, that you
like, you can stick with eating healthy for life.
Your portions should be spaced out over the course of
the day. Water should be a part of every meal.
After you eat, your stomach should be half full, or less,
with food. For every two parts of food consumed, you should
drink one part water. Leave your stomach at least one
quarter empty for movement of air.
When eating at a restaurant, eat half a portion, maximum,
and wait five or ten minutes. Restaurant portions are
commonly two to four meals on a single or double plate.
This is way too much to consume at a single sitting and
you may find out that, once you pause and sip your drink,
you are already full.
In the Providence, RI area, there are some restaurants
where the single portions could feed a family of four.
No wonder a man of 200 lbs. is now considered thin. Do
not make comparisons to other people. Eat to live and
enjoy your food, but do not use someone elses over
indulgence as an excuse for your own.
Establish control over your appetite. Most of us feel
guilty if we dont finish a plate. This is usually
conditioning from your childhood. Bury your guilty past
and have the rest wrapped to go.
Always eat something for breakfast and never skip
it. When you skip breakfast, you will over-consume
for it, later in the day.
Eat slowly and thoroughly chew your food.
Make sure your last meal, or last snack of
the day, is small and nutritionally dense. Examples: Cereal
with fruit, vegetable salad with olive oil and balsamic
vinegar, rice with vegetables, and light popcorn, without
the extra butter and salt. For those who eat meat or fish:
turkey, chicken, or salmon salad on top of fresh greens.
In the later part of your day, skip desserts, sugary cereals,
bread, and second portions.
If you absolutely must have sugar: Eat fruit, strawberries
with yogurt or low fat cottage cheese, fruit with rice,
or almonds with yogurt.
If you must have coffee or alcohol, beware that these
should be consumed in extreme moderation. Both substances
will dehydrate your body, and you will have to drink extra
water to make up for it. Wine is much better than hard
alcohol, but one or two glasses a day is the limit.
About The Author
Paul Jerard, is a co-owner/director of Yoga teacher training
at Aura Wellness Center. He has been a certified Master
Yoga teacher since 1995. He is a master instructor of
martial arts. He teaches Yoga, martial arts, and fitness
to children, adults, and seniors. Recently he wrote: Is
Running a Yoga Business Right for You? For Yoga students,
who may be considering a new career as a Yoga teacher.