Alright, so you finally asked that special someone to go out for a night on the town. But we all know that eating out can be a challenge when you are trying to eat clean. People grossly underestimate how much they eat or the caloric intake they put under their belt (or over it if you know what I mean, haha). Here are some simple tricks I have learned in my many years of clean eating.
Don't be afraid to ask for a "light menu". It is totally a big thing these days for people to actually give a crap about what they are eating. Healthy eating IS common. Don't be shy about asking for those special menus that offer a variety of lower caloric and heathier options than the original menu.
If you think a salad is a safe bet, you're right....sort of. Be VERY aware of what is IN the salad. Butter croutons, fried chicken, cheeses, bacon, and ESPECIALLY the dressing. Always opt for a healthier dressing. Stay away from the creamy and thick salad dressings. You're better off with a vinegrette or vinegar & olive oil. In addition to that, ask for your dressings on the side. That will help you control the amount put on your salad, rather than leaving it up to someone else to bathe your salad in an ungodly amount or dressing. The other ingredients like the cheese, bacon, fried chicken or croutons; choose to eliminate some of those ingredients or find a different salad that includes more nutritional ingredients.
For those of you who want eat what you want, "it's only one night" right? You can have it if you HALF it. Instead of polishing off the entire limb of a cow or trough of soup, ask your waiter/waitress for a to go box so that you can set aside part of your order first thing and won't feel inclined to consume it all. Or opt out for certain aspects of the meal. You want a butter biscut? Skip dessert. Want that chocolate cake? Skip the biscut or share with your date. Cut back your portions and you can still have a splurge here and there.
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