Restaurants Will Help With Special Diets
By Nancy Adler
Originally published in Ed Hitzel's Restaurant Magazine / Fall, 2008 / Page 23
Watching calories while eating out? The good news is, in today's restaurants you have plenty of options! You can still eat out and eat healthy, too. Many local restaurants offer delicious meals that are low in saturated fat, trans fats and cholesterol. That’s good news for your health because a diet high in saturated fats and cholesterol raises blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease, and it's also a risk factor for stroke.
Don’t be shy about making healthy requests. Most foods on most menus will probably fit into a heart healthy diet if prepared with low-fat ingredients and less salt. Roughly 8 out of 10 restaurants offer vegetarian entrees. Ask your server if the kitchen can alter preparations to meet your needs, or call ahead before you choose your restaurant. When I go on vacation I go to the internet so that I can see the restaurants in the area that will offer healthier food selections on the menu. This way I know what to expect, and have a better idea of what I will be having for dinner that evening. This leaves little room for settling and making a not-so-smart food choice.
A great site to visit for healthy restaurants in your area is www.HealthyDiningFinder.com
Equally important is the portion size. Help control your weight by asking for smaller portions, sharing your entrees with a companion, or putting half of your meal into a to-go box and enjoying it another time.
Timing is everything! Please, whatever you do, eat early. One thing that is very important in meeting your weight loss goals is that you be finished eating by 7:30 p.m. at the latest. Our body metabolism starts to slow up and shut down by 4 p.m. So when we enjoy those late dinners at 9 p.m. am body cannot process these foods at that time.
Here are a few tips I would suggest when dining out: