A shift in healthy living has been evident in our lifestyles. Exercising, going green and organic, and detoxifying are on everyone’s must-do-list. Many of us are dieting in one way or another: some decrease carbohydrates from their foods, others minimize red meat, and most eliminate unnecessary sugars. When we eat out to restaurants however, sticking to our diets can be quite daunting. The following tips are important for self-control on these occasions.
Fastfoods and restaurants all have the same goal: to make you eat their scrumptious meals, whether it be healthy or not. They have designed tactics to facilitate this goal. The hungry eater is easily lured by these tactics, and his or her diet is the one that consequently suffers. For instance, menu pictures often portray the most mouth watering dishes. Seldom do these dishes actually measure up to the image.
Names of menu items can be quite deceitful as well. With the right adjectives, a mediocre burger can become the juiciest patty in town.
For instance, New York’s Best Pizza and Pepperoni Pizza sound totally different, but they may just be the same thing.
Another trick that menus often have is to place unhealthy dishes beside healthy ones to mask the former’s true nature. When paralleled this way, diners often resort to ordering the unhealthy dish as this has been a psychological trait common to most people. Beware, therefore, of this human inclination.
Vegetables are rich in fiber and nutrients. A daily serving of vegetables is essential for our bodies. Even fastfoods which are notorious for serving junk now have salad bars. Undoubtedly, vegetables are good for you; sometimes the sauces, cheeses and crotons that we place on them might not entirely be.
Again, vegetables are good for you, as long as they are sauteed or steamed.
Sampler platters are another red flag when it comes to eating in restaurants. Their small servings can pile up the calories and fat unknowingly to the eater.
An open, wise mind can benefit us all when choosing foods at restaurants.