Eating Healthy When Dining Out

From Dr. Andersen’s Living a Longer, Healthier Life.

Become a master at eating out by learning what’s healthy and what isn’t. Here is a brief review of the recommendations on pages 166-169 of Dr. A’s Habits of Health.

  • Avoid fast food restaurants and all-you-can-eat buffets.
  • Avoid alcohol, which is full of empty calories.
  • If you want a cocktail, make it a small glass (5 oz) of red wine.
  • Order your meal before you order a cocktail.
  • Ask for the bread and/or chips to be removed from the table.
  • Bring your own low-calorie dressing or ask for vinegar and oil to make your own.
  • Stay away from scampi-style and au gratin dishes and from grilled or blackened meats. These are usually high in fat and dripping in butter.
  • Choose dishes that are baked, grilled, poached, or steamed (or broiled if it’s listed as a “light” dish).
  • Choose lean cuts of meats and remove the skin from chicken before eating.
  • Have the chef trim excess fat off your meat before cooking.
  • Ask for vegetables to be steamed with no added butter or sugar.
  • Visualize the nine-inch plate.
  • Order two appetizers instead of an entree.
  • Split a meal with your companion.
  • Ask for a leftover container at the beginning of the meal. Keep a proper portion on your plate and put the rest in the container for another time.

Now you have the experience and knowledge to make a difference in your health and your life. Soon people will notice your new body, your increased energy, and your love of life – and you’ll be a great inspiration to so many others who need to know what you know!

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