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Eating out can be more challenging when you are trying to be healthy, as many restaurants tend to target flavor, taste and cost over choosing the most organic or healthiest ingredients, so this is where the 80-20 rule comes in to play. Be good at every opportunity that you can control so that you don’t undo all your hard work when you eat out.
Tip 1: Have a plan
Know your restaurant/café menu, some places display it online and most will email to you upon request. Check it out in advance and prepare what you will order ahead of time so you don’t give into temptation.
Tip 2: Eat a healthy snack
About one hour prior to going out to eat with friends or drink a simple high fibre smoothie (add chia or flax) so that you are not starving and less likely to over indulge.
Tip 3: Try sharing a starter
Share a starter with someone else and skip dessert (desserts spelled backwards is stressed and this is exactly what it does to your system)
Tip 4: Order a side glass of water
If drinking alcohol, always order a side glass of water and try to drink 1-2 waters per one alcoholic drink to stay hydrated if you can and consider taking some activated charcoal with plenty of water before bed to help to counter balance the harmful effects of alcohol and prevent a heavy head the following morning. *See side note
Tip 5: Load up on veggies
Load up on veggies, quality proteins, high fibre veggies and good fats but watch out for starchy or refined carbs and creamy or sweet sauces and dressings
Tip 6: Eat slowly and chew the food thoroughly
Eat slowly and chew the food thoroughly before you swallow, it takes approx. 20 minutes for the satiety hormones to register to the brain that you are full
Tip 7: Intermittent fasting or detox protocols
Consider implementing some intermittent fasting or detox protocols during the week (start with fasting window 16hrs, eating window 8hrs and build up to longer fasting periods if you feel confortable or choose a one day of smoothies or mini raw food cleanse)
Tip 8: Try healthier activities
Encourage your friends to try socializing around some healthier activities, suggest a group walk or going dancing, a healthy picnic, a healthy restaurant, a bike ride etc. You might be surprised how much everyone enjoys it!
Tip 9: Drink a superfood smoothie
Drink a superfood smoothie the following morning after bad food or alcohol instead of stodgy comfort hangover food to replenish the body with plenty of nutrients
Tip 10: Like-minded people
Be sure to surround yourself with like-minded people who will support you in your goals for health and vitality
** Side note:
Activated charcoal can interfere with certain medications and alcohol can be dangerous with some medications, always be sure to supplement wisely under the supervision of a healthcare provider.