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!