Avoid Holiday Weight Gain.
These include the introduction of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) into the food supply, increased portion sizes and eating more than half our meals away from home.
I always advocate preparing your own meals whenever you can. Making your own meals saves you time and money. You also know exactly what goes into everything you prepare.
Especially around the holidays, you’ll probably attend numerous luncheons, dinner parties, and other social events that restaurants will cater. If you’re traveling, you will probably also eat out at sometimes less-than-stellar choices.
Dining out can be a pleasurable experience and a welcome deviation from cooking.
To enjoy restaurant dining without weight gain be especially prepared.
Even if you choose farm-to-table restaurants or fine dining, you can never know exactly what will go into your food. Gluten and other food sensitivities, as well as inflammatory vegetable oils, are among the many problem ingredients you’ll face in restaurants.
Eating out often leads to eating too much and weight gain. But as awareness grows and the needs of health-conscious diners are met, menu options are changing. Nutritionally intelligent choices are now available.
Keeping core principles in mind will allow you to avoid weight gain on any occasion.
- Be very clear about your needs.
- Choose the restaurant when you can.
- Request a “crudités platter,” fresh fruit, or olives as a starter instead of the breadbasket.
- Drink water before your meals.
- Be very specific about gluten and dairy intolerances.
- Careful with the dressings.
- Stop when you’re 80 percent full.
- Ask for berries for dessert. Berries provide sweetness without the sugar overload. Enjoy your nutrient-rich berries guilt-free.
- Slow down and savor your food helps.
- Enjoy ethnic cuisine.
To get additional guidance on eating out, download the Restaurant Rescue Guide.
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Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD
Original Publication Date Dec 16, 2016