Who wants to worry about sticking to a diet on a night when you should be enjoying time with your love. But it can be difficult when you’re faced with a decadent dinner menu and the feeling that it’s a special occasion. Here’s some tips to get you through the evening without feeling deprived.
- Special Order – There’s no harm in asking the chef to leave off the cream sauce or to replace a side with vegetables. Or even more simply, order the salad instead of the soup with your meal and get the dressing on the side. Simple requests are now the norm and most restaurants will accommodate them.
- Preparation – Keep certain prep terms in mind when you’re deciding what to order; grilled is usually better than fried and baked is better than braised.
- Portion Control – If you’re at a restaurant notorious for large portions, try asking your waiter to divide your meal before it’s served, bringing out one half for dinner and boxing the other half in the kitchen. That way you won’t be tempted to overeat.
- Splurge Selectively – If you really want dessert,..have it, but make healthy choices for dinner. Or if your entree is what you really want to splurge on, get steamed veggies as sides and forgo the cocktails. Try picking just one thing that you really want to have, and enjoy it guilt-free, as long as you make healthier choices for the rest of the meal.
Do you have any other tips? Let me know in the comments section.