Much of our social life includes food and drink and it is often nice to change clothes, go out to eat and see friends, or network and meet new people. But what about taking care of ourselves, especially if we go out to eat a lot?

Let’s look at ways to make sure eating out is a healthy experience.

– So many restaurants and receptions They offer sandwiches, sandwiches and canapes with pre-dinner drinks. Refresh yourself and remember that they are often unsanitary and often made much earlier. Also, they are often high in calories and low in nutritional value. Do you really want to consume all those empty and unsatisfying calories when you’ve worked so hard to get in shape? Dinner is coming soon. Supermodel Jerry Hall said she always ate before going to a reception to avoid being tempted by the deluge of sandwiches and snacks.

– Dances, charity lunches and birthday parties. they are often considered treats. We may spend time enthusiastically planning clothing, accessories, and choosing from the anticipated event menu. If you anticipate this to be an indulgent affair, consider those options and plan your calorie intake for the days before and after, just as you would when budgeting for your household expenses when making a major purchase.

– Set menus And pre-ordering can be problematic for someone who eats out regularly and wants alternatives to rich foods and sauces. Instead, you can request vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or even diabetic options, as an increasing number of outlets cater to more specialized tastes. Have grilled foods, sauces, and dressings set aside so you can serve them to your liking, rather than your food arriving soaked in creamy sauce or dressing.

– Dinner at home socially we can go into ‘party mode’ as it often encourages us to buy more and more items, ‘just in case’. Obviously we want to be generous and welcoming, give our guests a wonderful time and be a great host, but there is often a lot of food left over after dinner. People joke about eating Christmas turkey for weeks, but cheese boards, chocolates, and desserts can linger long after guests have left, too. Why not wrap up the food you don’t want and give it to your guests when they leave? Saying ‘it’s for your kids / your lunch tomorrow’ may justify taking it out of your house.

– Healthier social eating It can be a salad, a stew, a stew, a barbecue, where you serve yourself and determine what and how much you eat. And certainly, soups and stews are often preferred as an alternative to rich food during long party weekends. Served with crusty bread and all the garnishes are often seen with relief.

– Social meals in someone else’s houses. it can be problematic when you want to continue your healthy regimen. Again, stating dietary requirements may be an idea, but not being hungry when you arrive can help you make smarter choices when food is served. And refuse to be intimidated into second helpings or extra slices of dessert.

Alcohol it often hosts large social events, with UK Prosecco sales reaching record levels year after year. A useful tip is to alternate alcoholic beverages with glasses of water, as alcohol dehydrates and causes us to drink more and faster than originally intended. Staying hydrated with running water helps us better control our alcohol intake. Avoid sugary cocktails and keep in mind that champagne has far fewer calories than prosecco.

Some people volunteer to be the designated driver or are happy to say they don’t drink, thus avoiding the alcohol trap. Hospitality hosts often order a soft drink, perhaps a tonic, served in a glass, with ice and lemon. That way, it seems like they are bonding, drinking a little, and are able to maintain a friendly party atmosphere. Another option is to accept a drink and then intermittently lose it, leave it somewhere, never to be claimed!

Social dining is a nice way to relax and spend time with friends and family, especially in an increasingly time-limited life. It’s good to find ways to do it, without losing sight of the big picture of staying healthy and on plan.

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