Come Up With a Game Plan
Whether you’re headed out to a lunchtime business meeting or to catch up with an old friend, be sure to check out the restaurant’s menu ahead of time, so that you know exactly what you’re up against. Look online to decide on a healthy option beforehand. That way, when you get there you won’t be swayed by the plates of calorie-laden foods going by.
If you didn’t glance at the menu ahead of time, it’s important to be able to recognize what to avoid. Words such as fried, creamy, or crispy are obvious offenders, but make sure to stay away also from foods described as au gratin, alfredo, béarnaise, and battered.
A lot of restaurants these days are jumping on the healthy bandwagon by offering lighter-fare menu options. I applaud those places — and the eateries that clearly display the calorie counts next to each item. (Trust me, you WILL stop and think hard before you order when you see some of the shocking calorie totals.)
If you’re not at one of those establishments or you’re still having trouble finding something healthy on the menu, ask the waiter whether the chef can make substitutions. Request sauces on the side, grilled chicken instead of sautéed, meat broiled instead of pan-fried, and veggies steamed instead of drenched in butter and salt. When in doubt, just ask whether the chef can prepare something simple for you.