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How to Enjoy Eating Out and Eating Healthy
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How to Enjoy Eating Out and Eating Healthy

Whether you're on a business trip, family vacation, or simply treating yourself to a night of no cooking, it doesn't mean that you have to give up all of your healthy eating habits and fill your tummy with sludge. There are healthy menu items at nearly every restaurant chain; you just have to do a little digging to figure out which selections will keep you on the right path. Here are a few ideas to keep you focused so you can keep on track with your mindful eating.

Focus on Vegetables

There are tons of meal options that have vegetables as their main ingredient. The thing to watch for are the words "steamed" or "braised" as these will be your healthiest options. However, if you see the word "sauteed"; in front of a vegetable selection, ask if the veggies have been lightly cooked in butter and if that butter is organic. If it is, these veggies are okay to eat as well because organic butter is encouraged on this program. Any dish that includes fried vegetables should be passed up.

Highlight Fruits

Fruits are a great way to supplement your breakfast options. A fresh orange, banana, or grapefruit makes for a refreshing and healthy breakfast treat. A fruit salad with fresh, not canned, fruit is also a great breakfast option as well. On the flip side, stay away from fruit juices. These tend to be loaded with unnecessary sugars and preservatives that are unhealthy and I wouldn't recommend drinking.

Pick a Protein

Select a healthy protein. For breakfast, hard boiled or poached eggs are a great option for filling your protein requirements. For lunch and dinner, opt for fish, organic chicken, or grass fed beef for a great protein kick. Of course, try to stay away from deep fried anything and instead, eat the selections that have been broiled, baked, or even barbecued.

Now for Dessert

That's right; I said that it's time for dessert. A fruit based desert is a fabulous way to indulge your sweet tooth. Try compote or a tart that is laden with fruit but not a lot of sugar or other sweeteners. A baked apple is also a yummy choice with nutmeg and cinnamon and a hint of butter. If you have had your fill of fruit for the day, you can opt to go a bit richer with a piece of chocolate cake dusted with cocoa or a tiny bit of confectioner's sugar. Remember, you don't have to eat the entire piece in one sitting. I recommend that you split the cake in half and have the waiter box it up to take it home, or you can share it with your dinner mates and spread the wealth.

See, there are healthy alternatives to all of the white sauce laden, deep fried, bread focused meals on most menus. Just remember to build your meal around veggies, fruits, and a healthy protein and you should have no problem sticking with your Beyond Diet regime.


Coach Jen
Hi Pilar! that is a great question! You want to try and do the best you can and try to make a choice that would best resemble a BD meal. First start with a healthy protein option, then select a healthy carb item, and finish with a healthy fat. It can be a challenge when choosing foods at the typical fast food places, but using the principles above, you can make healthier selections. Look for grilled or baked items, salads or vegetables or even fruit options.
Pilar Williams
I have been out of the Beyond diet for years now but am back on the wagon. My family lives and works together and we eat out for lunch 6 days a week. How do I make good selections at fast food places?
Carol Nizzardo
I eat out a couple times a week. I do not think all restaurants have organic. I do try to select chicken or fish as my choice and always have a salad.