Sticking to Your Healthy Eating Plan Away From Home

Sticking to Your Healthy Eating Plan Away From Home

If you are a health conscious individual trying to stick to a healthy eating plan, eating away from home can be a challenge. Fortunately, many restaurants and eateries are considering you when designing their menus and are making it easier for you to stick to your healthy eating plan. Let’s look at some of your healthy plans for eating away from home.

Salads

Many restaurants have salad bar options filled with delicious fresh veggies and fruit to allow you to stick with your healthy plan. If no salad bar is available, take a look on the menu for featured salads and selections. Be sure to avoid “salads” loaded with meats and cheeses such as antipastos as these are loaded with fat. Get your dressing on the side to avoid extra fats. A chicken ceasar salad is a great choice, but leave off the creamy dressing. Olive oil and vinaigrette-type salad dressings are a great “guilt-free” alternative to fatty dressings.

Preparation

Tech-savvy restaurants now list their menu items online, so you can plan ahead before eating out. Take advantage of websites that list ingredients, calories and fat content to help you stick to your healthy plan. Some will even list information about how their entrees are prepared. Avoid fried options and go for broiled or baked instead. Stick to your healthy eating plan by doing a little advance research and planning before ordering or eating out.

Substitutions

Healthy options are often available for substitution to help you with your healthy eating plan. Substitute fresh fruit, extra veggies or cottage cheese for fried or baked potato. Little substitutions can make a big difference in your healthy eating plan. Take the time to choose eateries that will allow you to stick with your healthy eating plan and keep you on track with your diet.

Work or School

If you are stuck at work or school where your only options are cafeteria food or vending machines, you may have a hard time staying on your healthy eating plan. Beware of pitfalls like fast food and take out away from home. Take time to plan ahead and bring a healthy snack or frozen meal to have on hand for emergencies. Bring food from home if you have storage facilities such as a fridge or freezer. If not, dried fruit, nuts or trail mix can be a healthy alternative to the vending machine. Cafeterias often have a salad bar or fresh fruit option, so take advantage of these options to keep on track with your healthy plan.

A little planning and forethought on your part can help you stay with your healthy eating plan and avoid the junk and fatty foods available for a quick fix while you are away from home.