Food Agriculture & Nutrition Network of Solano County
Eating out Without the Guilt
By Morea Donahue, 2017 Napa State Hospital Dietetic Intern
Let’s face it; eating out is a part of life. It has become a convenient way to catch up with friends and family, and eat a wonderful meal while not having to think about any dirty dishes. What’s not to love? With many mouth-watering restaurants all over Solano County, it’s pretty easy to find a restaurant you enjoy that doesn’t even have to break the bank. Unfortunately, our taste buds can sometimes override our judgment to make healthy choices as soon as we sit down in that comfy booth with fun music playing and the smell of potato skins and garlic fries passing every two minutes.
With the amount of health-conscious restaurants on the rise, there are certainly places to go that won’t hinder your health goals. However, many of these places that offer fresher, organic ingredients can often be pricey. Luckily, there are many things that you can do to eat healthfully while out at just about any kind of restaurant. Keep reading to learn five easy tips for eating out without sacrificing the flavor and enjoyment that comes with it.
As nice as eating out can be, I also encourage you to realize the benefits of eating at home. Cooking together is a great way to bring people together and spending time in the kitchen often leads to many wonderful memories. When you make your own meals, you save money and know exactly what is going into them, from the amount of oil used to the dashes of salt. I truly believe that all foods have a place in our diet, both for our stomachs and also for our soul. Food is meant to be enjoyed, but it does not mean ignoring your long-term health goals.
I hope that you find yourself using some of these tips at your next night on the town, and saying goodbye to that post-feast guilt that some of us may know all too well.
12/9/2020 01:50:53 pm
My aunt has been thinking about eating out with her husband more, to have a lot more fun. She would really like to get some help from a professional to eat healthier. I liked what you said about how she should walk to lunch, or go see some of the stores, to walk off a few of the calories.
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