Your Ultimate Guide To Eating Out (And Staying Healthy) This Festive Period

Sam Wood shares his best tips.

The reason I love making my own food is you know what really goes into it. However, I also love eating out. The social aspect, celebrating food, dining out and trying different restaurants – it really is a critical part of a good and happy life.

So, with that in mind, here are some tips to help when you are eating out this festive season and how you can still keep on track.

1. Enjoy yourself

Don’t try to be perfect. You can still make good choices without restricting yourself from your favourite things. You can still eat dessert and enjoy a glass of wine, just don’t undo all the hard work you’ve been doing with your training and your diet by completely dropping the ball from overindulging.

2. Do your homework

Often one of the simplest ways to make better choices is choosing the restaurant ahead of time. This can be done by simply jumping online and checking out the menu and making sure you’ve chosen a place that you have flexibility for great, various options.

3. Just eat real food

The nutritional fundamentals of how you eat at home don’t differ for how you eat out. Good quality protein, lots of veggies, and limiting highly processed foods and alcohol content (limiting, not reducing completely), will always hold you in good stead. If you keep this in mind and apply this philosophy whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, you will be able to make wiser decisions.

4. Portion size

We have adopted this attitude in society that more is more and that size equals value. And there is no better example of this than by upsizing meals when you drive in or eat in at fast food restaurants. Be in tune with your body and just eat a normal portion size, stop when you’re full, and don’t consume 1000 calories more than what you need to just because you want to get your money’s worth.

5. Be prepared

Don’t go to social events when you’re hungry. If you know there are going to be poorer food choices be sure to have a healthy meal before you arrive to get on the front foot and be less likely to pick or binge eat Hydration: It sounds simple, but it is so effective. Have a big glass of water before you go out and for every alcoholic drink have a glass of water in between (you’ll thank me later!)

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