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How to maintain healthy habits while eating out

A toothy tequila smile.

A few of my friends think I don’t eat a lot, but I promise you I do. According to my mom, I eat like a 5-year-old (portion-wise not mess-wise). I love food and I enjoy the healthy relationship I have with it. If you spend long periods of time with me you’ll realize I eat a lot of small portions several times a day. Many healthy eaters will tell you this is a great application of eating healthy. To be honest, my eating habits are mandated by my bloating and my tiny stomach.

I cook most of my meals to make sure I’m eating as healthy as possible, spending less money on food, and to make sure I don’t waste food. I used to be so wasteful. Now I make sure I create shopping lists, check my pantry, check the fridge, and plan the meals I’d like to eat for the next few days.

When I first started working out twice a day you couldn’t get me to go anywhere. I didn’t want to put myself in places where I knew I’d eat or drink things that would distract me from my goal of being a certain weight.  When I reached that goal I didn’t look like the image I projected in my mind. It was a bit of a disappointment and my healthy habits fell off and  I gained some of the weight back. When I decided to get back on track I decided to ditch the weight goal and the scale and opted for an overall wellness lifestyle. I love it!  For the most part, I eat healthily, and when I do indulge I don’t feel guilty.

My friend Tammii had a birthday dinner on Saturday and it inspired me to share these tips so you can feel better about eating out when you’re out.

 

6 tips for eating out while maintaining a healthy lifestyle

  1. If you know your friends/family are going to be late, eat a healthy snack before you make your way to the restaurant. This will ensure you’re not hangry and order more food than you need.
  2. Go over the menu a few days or hours before you get to the restaurant. This gives you time to process what you really want without feeling overwhelmed about ordering more than what you’re hungry for.
  3. Cross-examine your choice with Yelp. This is important because a lot of the food sounds and looks good in the pictures, but Yelp gives you that consumer realness that makes sure you’ll be satisfied with your choice.
  4. Drink plenty of room temperature water throughout your meal. This will help pace you and keep you full longer.
  5. This is a tip from one of my favorite bloggers Lauryn Evarts at The Skinny Confidential, ask the server to bag up half your meal before they even bring your food out. This is helpful if you’re eating in a place where the food portions are large.
  6. Lastly, just enjoy your company! Don’t hide from your friends. If they’re truly supportive of your lifestyle they won’t take it to heart if you have to make “strange” food requests, bring your chlorophyll water or choose not to drink. As much as you change and grow in your lifestyle you’re likely to inspire your friends and family.

Saved some space for a few bites of her strawberry cake!

These pictures are by my friend Essence. She recently wrote about the lonely side of healthy living. I think we’ve all been there at some point.

I realized that the summer is when I fall off because I want to be outside. This year I’ve been the most consistent with my eating so I’ll definitely be using these tips! Do you have your own tips for eating out while maintaining a healthy lifestyle?

Best,

 

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32 Comments

  • Reply Essence

    Girl this was right on time ! Lord knows the summer solstice hasn’t even come and gone and I’ve been out here doing the most with the least resources with food and alcohol consumption . I definitely tried your tip of reviewing the menu before heading out , and going forward I’m going to do the bag half of it option to keep my eyes from being bigger than my stomach . Thanks for sharing and I look forward to healthy eating and shenanigans with you this summer.

    June 13, 2017 at 10:39 am
    • Reply Blu

      I’ve been doing the most too! I can feel the difference! A gallon of spring water toast to healthy eating and summer shenanigans! lol

      June 13, 2017 at 10:42 am
  • Reply Tammii

    This was the perfect article I could read right now, I love love love it! I’m always looking for more tips to help with my nutrition. I’m so bad lately when it comes to eating out, what’s the right food to eat when I’m eating out and definitely over indulging!

    June 13, 2017 at 12:14 pm
    • Reply Blu

      I’ve been “bad” too! I’m sticking it out till my birthday because I can feel the difference from this past weekend!

      June 14, 2017 at 11:37 am
  • Reply Pam Pender

    I need to get better at meal prep. Because I am not consistent with it, I set myself up for failure when I am out and about. And I am starving my the time I do eat. Nice tips!

    June 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm
    • Reply Blu

      I try not to beat myself up when I plan poorly. I don’t like to eat the same thing all the time so I meal prep for a few days at a time. Glad you liked the tips!

      June 14, 2017 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Anna

    I love these tips. We eat out a lot and it is a big issue for our healthy eating. I love the tip about the room temp. water. Thanks!!!

    June 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Room temperature water is my fav! I eat out a lot during the summer too but I’m determined to keep it as healthy as possible this summer!

      June 15, 2017 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Dylan

    These are some of the best tips I’ve heard. It’s definitely difficult to stay healthy while out with friends and family but these tips are definitely going to help me!

    June 14, 2017 at 9:18 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Thanks, Dylan! I’m so glad you love my tips! It is hard but it’s doable!

      June 15, 2017 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Lisa

    These are all really great tips! I am going to try these for sure! My favorites are having a small snack before the restaurant, and bagging up half the meal before it gets served. That makes so much sense to eat a healthier portion! Wish I knew this sooner! I also sometimes try splitting a meal with my husband to keep the portions down, but that only works if we want to order the same thing. Thanks for sharing!

    XO-Lisa
    http://www.thatssodarling.com

    June 14, 2017 at 9:51 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Hey Lisa, splitting the meal is a great idea, too! Glad you love the tips! That small snack can me a mood saver! lol

      June 15, 2017 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Lexi

    I’m such a Yelp addict, I won’t go anywhere without checking the customer reviews first and it’s a great way to gain insight about the restaurant’s food realities! #2 is also an absolute must! Love these tips, thanks for sharing! 🙂
    _____
    Lexi of Sweet Success Society

    June 14, 2017 at 9:56 pm
    • Reply Blu

      You’re welcome! So glad you like my tips! I use Yelp everyday!

      June 15, 2017 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Samuel

    Thanks for the money saving ideas! Very useful.

    June 15, 2017 at 8:19 am
    • Reply Blu

      Welcome!

      June 15, 2017 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Gigi

    Thanks for the info Blu! Great blog site by the way!

    June 16, 2017 at 10:14 am
    • Reply Blu

      Thank you Gigi! Glad you liked it!

      June 18, 2017 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Lexi

    This is really good advice! I’m a huge fan of checking the menu before you go to the restaurant, then cross-referencing with Yelp to see if it really looks like something that would satisfy me. I always try to eat just half, I didn’t even think about asking them to bag it up before they even bring it to you!

    June 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Right! Because if food is sitting right in front of me I’m probably going to pick at it! Glad you found this useful!

      June 18, 2017 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Jody

    Great tips! I know that I need to start implementing some of them into my daily life. Meal prep is my biggest downfall.

    June 17, 2017 at 8:30 am
    • Reply Blu

      Thank you! Meal prep never used to be my thing. I usually make enough for a few days so I don’t get bored of what I’m eating.

      June 18, 2017 at 9:50 am
  • Reply Christie

    Such great tips- my biggest struggle is when eating out or eating at work!

    xoxo Christie
    http://icanstyleu.com/blog/

    June 17, 2017 at 9:54 am
    • Reply Blu

      Yeah, a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t prevent people from being social or make you feel like you’re “cheating” on your healthy eating habits!

      June 18, 2017 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Sharni

    I always study the menu online before I go to a place because I’m so undecided all of the time. Being unprepared usually makes me order a burger with a side of fries!

    Sharni // http://www.agirlandgrey.com

    June 18, 2017 at 11:07 pm
    • Reply Blu

      I had to train myself to commit to one thing on the menu otherwise I’d probably order something I don’t need!

      June 19, 2017 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Nikki

    Great tips!!! I always check out menus beforehand! Another tip I heard once that helps is put your fork down when you are talking or listening….it helps you slow down and enjoy the food!

    June 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Oh I like that idea!

      June 21, 2017 at 11:46 am
  • Reply RM

    These are great helpful tips for trying to stay healthy!

    June 20, 2017 at 4:49 pm
    • Reply Blu

      Thank you!

      June 21, 2017 at 11:46 am
  • Reply Natalie

    Great post and tips. One thing I often do is order 1 or two starters as my main too. Much smaller portions.

    June 21, 2017 at 6:55 am
    • Reply Blu

      Oh, that’s a great option! Forgot about that! Makes it more manageable.

      June 21, 2017 at 11:49 am

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