Going Out to Eat

Today’s lifestyles are such that eating out is not just out of pleasure but usually, out of necessity also for some of us. Whatever be the reason, jeopardising a healthy diet is much too easy at such times. On the contrary, if I say that eating healthy at such times is also just as easy- would you believe me ?
Well, its true……as long as you know just what is clean eating or healthy eating. Lots of times, people say “Oh, you watch what you eat!”, but frankly, that almost implies that “you don’t enjoy what you eat”. Thats just not true when you know the basics of eating clean. It is in fact more enjoyable and fulfilling an experience. How many times have I seen couch potatoes eating a cookie and then wanting some, eating another and then wanting some more….and so on. Such people are never really satisfied.
Eating, as I feel, is an activity starting with gratitude and ending in nutrition for the body. Period. No obsessions, temptations ,restrictions or any such negative emotions. Just plain good , enjoyable and wonderful food. I say, if you want to end your suffering (temptation,in this case), just change your perspective. So, a temptation is no longer a temptation. How’s that? Because, if you are aware of the consequences of that temptation, it is now , rather, a threat! All problems are solved If you just like what is good for you. Juicy fruits, crunchy vegetables, fresh food, water-if these appeal to you more than cookies, cakes, pastas, packaged foods etc, you just make life easier( and longer) for yourself. Awareness is the key.
So, what to order on a menu full of calories? Remember , some healthy looking items may , infact be the opposite. For eg, just the other night when I went out with some friends to eat, we ordered a simple corn dish-it turned out to be fried! What a way to kill the healthy corn! My taste buds were crying out loud for juicy, fresh corn and all I got was oily , murdered corn with more calories than nutrition. I want health and immunity to get stronger every time i feed myself and not settle for killing my heart instead! Just like a Michelin star rated chef says ” You don’t go to the opera to get deaf, you don’t go to the movies to get blind , so why would you go to a restaurant to kill yourself?” He goes on to say how he dreams of restaurant food to be healthy , nourishing and tasty! May God bless him!

Ready to make YOUR choice?

Another prime example is great crunchy salads getting killed with disastrous dressings. It won’t harm to ask for the dressing on the side. Simple. Sandwiches- ask for brown/multigrain with no mayonnaise or other such processed spreads. Butter is better , if you can believe that. Chinese food is great if steamed and with less sauce/corn starch. Rice- a shade better than wheat flour noodles. To eat to your hearts content gets too tough when the food is heavy (less nutrition and high calories). You’ve got to look out for the opposite- high nutrition and low calories and sometimes just high nutrition. Calories wont matter all the time. Good example being dry fruits, dates, milk. Thin crust pizzas with a side of vegetables is no junk food anymore. Tea /coffee without sugar-thats a start!
The thing is – eating less (at least not till you are aged)is not the answer to prime health. You have to eat well and eat good-whether in your house or outside-doesn’t matter. Bon appetit!

About Shaloo Dogra

Shaloo Dogra is a wellness coach and director at Epicurean Hospitality Services Pvt. Ltd. in Gurgaon, India. She has been part of the hospitality industry for almost 20 years providing food solutions to industries, institutions and for events. She is dedicated to structured consultation for individuals for fitness, nutrition, intermediate level yoga and meditation. For more on this, please see her website: www.shaloodogra.com She is married to Rajat Dogra and has two wonderful boys aged 16 and 13.
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