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Enjoying Healthier Food On The Go

I travel constantly for work, which hasn't been great for my waistline. After eating in all of the best restaurants in the world for a few years, I realized that I had gained around 30 pounds. Fortunately, I was able to work with a health coach who taught me some valuable skills for my way of life. She taught me how to recognize unhealthy foods and swap them out for better options--even in foreign hotels. The results were incredible. I was able to lose weight while enjoying my travel adventures. My blog is for anyone out there who wants to enjoy healthier food on the go.


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Choosing The Right Restaurant To Meet Your Needs

by Margie Harris

There are many reasons people eat out. Thinking about why you want to go to a restaurant will help you narrow down your options and make the best choice. Here are four of the needs eating at a restaurant can meet and some questions to consider. 

1. Social. Going to a restaurant can be a great way to socialize. If you are eating out for this purpose ask yourself:

  • How loud is the restaurant? Will I be able to hear the others in my group?
  • What is the seating like? Do they have large enough tables to accommodate us? Round tables are particularly nice for larger groups. 
  • Does the restaurant take reservations? Can I call ahead to save time? 
  • Does anyone in my group have food allergies or diet restrictions? 
  • How hungry am I? If you are eating out primarily for social reasons, don't order too much food. Choose something lighter in calories and easy to eat so you can focus on connecting with your group. 

2. Mental. Sometimes cooking a meal is just more than your brain can handle. Here are some questions for this category:

  • How large is the menu? Will it be difficult to choose what I want to eat? 
  • Does the restaurant offer take-out? This may be the best option for an exhausted mind.
  • Is the atmosphere quiet and low in stimulation? 
  • Would I feel awkward eating alone? You may need some time away from others to let your mind relax. 

3. Emotional. If you are having a rough day, going out to eat really can help you feel better. Ask yourself:

  • Does this restaurant serve "comfort" food? This can be different for everyone, but warm soups and hot sandwiches often taste delicious when you are stressed. 
  • Is this restaurant a place I can relax and unwind? Smaller, quieter places are the best for this.
  • What foods sound the best to me right now? Really consider which items would taste the best and really "hit the spot." Don't just eat to eat. Mindfully decide which items are worth the calories and which will cheer you up. 

4. Physical. In this category consider:

  • How quickly will the restaurant serve my food? You may not want to wait if you are starving. 
  • How many calories do I want to consume? It is easy to overeat when you are hungry and the food is given to you quickly. 
  • What kind of food am I in the mood for? 
  • Does the restaurant offer healthier selections? This is particularly important if you eat out often. 

The next time you feel the urge to eat out, think about these four categories before you decide where to go. You will have a much better experience if you do!