Enjoy Eating Out Without Stressing Out

This topic comes up so often during my coaching sessions with clients and I wanted to share a few tips with you here. This is a subject many of you may be able to relate to and I wanted to share a few of my tips so that you can enjoy eating out at restaurants without feeling overwhelmed or stressed.

My first tip is to give yourself permission to enjoy the experience. Simple, right? But, how many times have you found yourself freaking out over the fact that your friends/family invited you to dinner and you have no idea how you’ll be able to find healthy options that align with your rules or eating habits?

Don’t focus on the food – it’s about the experience. Enjoy the company and time with the people you love.

When you give yourself permission to enjoy the experience, you’ll stop focusing so much on food.

And while we’re on the subject of giving yourself permission – give yourself permission to eat what sounds good to you! Focus on how you want to feel when choosing your food. What will provide nourishment to your body and make you feel good? What sounds satisfying?

If you’ve been restricting yourself then you may be drawn to something you normally don’t allow, which is why I don’t promote dieting. The more we restrict and deprive ourselves, the more we crave those “forbidden, off limit foods”. This never ends well. Depriving yourself of the foods you enjoy eating almost always leads to a binge. So, if you maintain balance in your every day diet, you won’t run into this problem the next time you’re at a restaurant or invited over to a friend’s house for dinner.

However, if you have been restricting and you find yourself ordering one of your forbidden foods, don’t feel guilty for eating it. Allow yourself to own your choice and move on. Enjoy the experience, savor the taste, eat until you feel satisfied (not overly full/stuffed), and let it go. {side note: if you find yourself in this cycle often, perhaps you need a different approach to food. Once you stop dieting and give yourself unconditional permission to eat whatever you want, you’ll find that you’ll be much more connected and in tune with your body and understand its needs.}

When you focus on how you want to feel, think about what foods make you feel your best. For me, I have celiac disease so I cannot eat gluten – obviously bread won’t make me feel good. The same goes for heavy cream sauces and foods covered in cheese. For me personally, these don’t agree with my body and I don’t feel great after eating them. I always looks for dishes that seem the most nutritionally balanced, dishes that contain lots of vegetables, fiber, and protein. Because I have to eat gluten free, I always ask the server questions and make modifications when I need to. Don’t be afraid to ask if you see something you want to change, most of the time restaurants are very accommodating even when food allergies aren’t involved.

Everyone is different – we all have unique needs so learning how to listen to your body is key in discovering the best ways to provide it with nourishment.

I’m going to be diving deeper into understanding how to listen to your body in upcoming blogs and videos, so stay tuned!

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