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Dining out

Eating out often leads to consuming too many of kilojoules in a single sitting. By following a few simple rules you can enjoy a restaurant meal and maintain whilst still maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

5 Simple rules:
  1. Limit alcohol 
    Having a social drink is often associated with a nice night out. Try to limit yourself to 1-2 alcoholic drinks and stick to water for the rest of the meal.
  2. Pass on the bread and butter
    Sides and starters can encourage you to overeat and fill up on ‘empty calories’ before you main meal even arrived
  3. Avoid anything fried, sautéed or cream based
    Such options are often high in saturated fat
  4. Include some vegetables, preferably steamed or stir-fried
    Ensuring your meal includes some vegetables will help you reach your ‘5 a day’ target.
  5. Stop when you’re full!
    A large portion size often triggers over eating. Enjoy your meal slowly and pay attention to signs of that you’re full.
Plan Ahead

Although a restaurant meal will often have more kilojoules than a meal prepared at home that doesn’t mean that it needs to exceed your daily intake. Choosing to have a light lunch before an evening out and including some extra physical activity into your day can help to lessen the impact of a big meal. Similarly, if you’re planning on having a drink, try to avoid alcohol the days before and after a night out. If you’re choosing the restaurant look at their menu online to ensure that there are healthy options available.

But remember…

A healthy diet and lifestyle is about balance, enjoy yourself! You’re less likely to stick to a healthy eating plan if it comes at the expense of the things you enjoy, plan ahead and make considered choices.