Every year my family and I make the trek to our family’s beach house in Ocean City, MD. I wrote about the neon lights, funnel cakes and Thrasher fries last year when I talked about cleansing from the road. You can read about that here.
It’s that time of year again. We’ve been at the beach for over a week now and as with many vacations, we go out to eat almost every night! All-you-can-eat crab, crab cakes, crab dip, crab-anything is all part of the experience.
While I don’t recommend making an every night occurrence of all-you-can-eat anything, I will say that it’s totally possible to maintain the Conscious Cleanse lifestyle in any situation and certainly in most restaurants.
For starters, set yourself up to win by steering clear of fast food joints whenever possible. Secondly, arm yourself with a good strategy using my 5 tips below and quickly you’ll learn how to eat out and stay healthy all the time, anywhere, any place.
I hope you these tips help you stay true to your healthy lifestyle and give you easy-to-use ideas to take with you the next time you head out on the town. What are your dining out strategies and tips? I’d love to hear from you so please leave me a question in the comment section below.
With love and all-lump crab cakes,
5 Tips for Dining Out and Staying Healthy
- Plan ahead: Most restaurants these days post their menus on their websites. Check it out ahead of time and make a plan for what you want to eat. Look at the side dish options (steamed brocolli, avocado, grilled asparagus, for example) and combine several of them with a big salad and/or a plain grilled piece of fish. Season with freshly squeezed lemon juice and olive oil and you have a beautiful meal.
- Treat the menu like an á la carte list of ingredients: Look over all the meal descriptions, mentally circling the items that sound good and that you know will make you feel great. When the server comes to take your order, with a big smile say that you need to be a little high maintenance. Pull a Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally and say “I’d like the Caesar Salad please without the croutons, cheese or dressing. Top it with cucumbers, carrots, sprouts, and a double order of steamed broccoli. For the dressing I’d like just a half a lemon and side of olive oil. Thank you.” If Meg can do it, so can you.
- Bring food with you: Always have a small grab-bag of foods you love to help round out any meal. For example, carry a small baggie of raw walnuts or an avocado. Either of these are great add-ons to any salad. Keep a few herbal tea bags, liquid stevia, and a few bites of something sweet (if not on the cleanse) like our Chocolate Bliss Truffles. Don’t worry about feeling like a crazy old lady. Eat what keeps you feeling vibrant and energized and be okay being the crazy hot chic.
- Eat before you leave: Nothing sabotages success like being really hungry when the bread bowl arrives. To avoid this, be sure to have a healthy snack before you leave the house. Drink a green smoothie, eat a big salad , nosh on some carrots or enjoy a few fresh, ripe peaches before you hit the town. That way, when the bread bowl comes around you won’t feel famished and you’ll be able to make a healthy choice.
- Skip the alcohol: I saved the best and least popular tip for last. I happen to be a total lightweight when it comes to drinking alcohol so a buzz for me is just a few sips away. Believe me when I say it, this one tip can make or break even the most conscious of strategies. One sip and all of a sudden that little voice in your head is like “Come on…one little bite of pizza isn’t gonna hurt anyone” and “Well, you already had a bite so you may as well finish the piece.” Before you know it, you’ve scarfed up all of the kids leftovers and you wake up the next day feeling like a swollen sausage (true story). One of my favorite things to do when I’m trying to stay off the sauce is to order an iced cold sparkling water with a lime – and here’s the important part – in a wine glass. You’ll feel like you’re having an adult beverage without the hangover.