It’s finally the weekend and I have maybe two meals that I prepped before hand left, only a few ingredients in my fridge, & a few social obligations that involve food to attend. With all of this going on it is very easy to fall of track when it comes to healthy eating, especially when you are out and about and your options are not the healthiest. Here are a few tips I have used over the years that allow me to mindfully indulge:
- Drink Water – This sounds like a no brainer, but we often forget how much sugar and processed ingredients are in mixed drinks, juices and sodas. Not only does asking for water only cut out sugar and necessary calories, drinking water keeps you satisfied while eating. I opt to drink water before my meal (it usually shows up first anyway) because it keeps me fuller and I don’t overeat.
- Don’t Go to Dinner Starving – I have personally made the mistake of going out hungry many times and the result is the same, I eat way more than anticipated and feel over stuffed by the end of the meal. In my experience, having a small snack 1 hour before eating out makes all of the difference.
- Ask For Sauces on the Side – This way I can control how much I use – this especially applies to creamy sauces that are very heavy.
- Use the Smaller Sized Plate at Buffet Style Restaurants – Typically I avoid these types of places all together if I can, but family style events usually have a buffet style set up. When people go to buffets they usually add a lot of food to a large plate and they go through all the choices that are being offered. I am a try a bit of everything kind of girl, so getting a smaller plate means I get to try everything but I don’t get too much.
- Take Your Time – Eating slowly comes naturally to me (anyone who personally knows me can vouch for this), but I find that rushing while you eat doesn’t give the body enough time to let you know that it is full.
- Share Desserts – Sharing is caring! This cuts down on how much you eat, but you still get to nibble on a decadent treat.
And there you have it, 6 ways to eat more mindfully without being too restrictive. This what I did when I first started out and it has worked for me to this day. I hope this is helpful for anyone that finds they need some guidance when they are not in total control of the food that is in front of them.