Who does not love to eat out for a special occasion? I love going to nice restaurants for the food and the company. One of my preceptors during my dietetic internship had a phrase for dining out: "Pick your Poison." She meant, decide before you go out to eat what extras you will indulge in. Rather than throwing all your nutrition sense to the side and over indulging in delicacies, pick one and stick to it. Making a good entre choice is important, however the additions can sabotage even the best main dish choice.
The three typical add ons are: DRINK - BREAD - DESSERT. These can be the poison to your health goals. It is easy to sit down, consume two calorie filled drinks, two bread rolls, and scrape a dessert plate clean. You can easily add 1,200 Calories to your resaurant meal. Although the extra 200 Calories in one drink is not ideal, it is BETTER than the alternative and maneagable in an overall healthy diet. It can take extreme will power to resist such wonderful delicacies. The trick I learned from that preceptor stuck with me and has helped make eating out simple and guilt free. Before you even arrive at the restaurant, make up your mind what "poison" you will choose and only have one. No drinks, bread, and desserts are not poisonous, but "Pick your Poison" is a simple phrase that will be easy to remember next time you go celebrate a special occasion. It can be a great rule for holiday parties as well!
"Pick your Poison"
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