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7 Tips of Eating Out Healthily

September 6th, 2009 · 4 Comments ·
 
 

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The great thing about eating out is the variety. My friend said that I am lucky of not staying with my parents – don’t have to eat at home every day. I would say that eating out in Malaysia is a joy. From exotic five-star cuisine to economical roadside fare, we are indeed spoiled for choice. I know that eating at home may be boring for some people if they eat the same dish every day. Nowadays, more and more families are eating out on daily basis even they have maids at home. For individuals who are hard pressed for time and those who do not like cooking, or students living away from home, eating out most of the time is more out of necessity than choice. Ironically, home cooked food is normally better in terms of nutritional values.

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For people who prefer to eat out, in order to gain the right nutrition to meet your needs and stay healthy, here are some of the tips.

7 Tips of Eating Out Healthily

  1. Consider the ingredients used to prepare dishes before ordering. This will give you an idea of the nutritional value of dishes.
  2. Eat like the person you are – eat lots if you are a world-class athlete (say, David Beckham or Roger Federer who has to play competitive matches at least twice a week), moderately if you are an office worker who spends at least 6 hours sitting doing paper work, a little less if you are overweight, a little more if you are a fitness enthusiast who work out at gym at least three times a week. This advice applies not only when you eat out, but also eating in.
  3. When it comes to buffets, have a little of everything. Don’t you agree this is a nice way to explore without over-indulging. Never get carried away by the delicious spreads available.
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  4. If you have to take fast foods with burgers, fried chicken or fries, limit yourself to an average of two to three times a month.
  5. If you have to eat deep fried foods every day, discard the outer layer, I mean the skin. If you find the dressing or cream too much, scrape some of it away before eating.
  6. Order smaller portion. No, I am not suggesting you to order Kid Value Meal from McD, but to check with waiter if you can the food in smaller portion. Most restaurants have large and small portion options. So, go for a smaller option – better for your body and wallet too.
  7. Don’t be shy about asking that less of these substances (sugar and oil) be used in preparing the food you order. Less sugar, less oil…(less price too if you dare to ask)

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4 responses so far ↓
  • Fitness Fabulous // Sep 7, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    If I could, I would like to eat Chippy’s now..

  • Jayce // Sep 11, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Aiyo… I seldom choose what to eat. Just eat what I have. :P

  • Tom Parker // Sep 14, 2009 at 6:39 AM

    I think point 1 – “Consider the Ingredients” is very valid. By doing this you can make sure your meals still contain lots of veggies, fibre, nutrients, vitamins and more.

  • Jennifer // Sep 14, 2009 at 9:27 AM

    I was reading your article and I wanted to share with everyone how I lost weight.

    As a single mom, working taking care of the kids and a busy household, sports activities etc.

    After being in 2 boot camps I can honestly say that I feel so much better about myself.
    I am eating healthier and have a lot more energy. I am excited that I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

    Last check, I lost 17 inches. I am very inspired and look forward to reaching my optimal goal. Everyone should check out this opportunity, it really made a difference in my life.

    Jennifer M.

    Northville, MI

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