One of the simplest ways to eat healthfully is to stay home — but what should you do when you eat out or go on vacation?
“You certainly have more control over what is in your food when you are cooking it yourself, but there is no need to forgo the pleasure of eating out once in a while,” dietitian and healthful eating columnist Ellie Krieger said her in her latest chat.
Here are some tips for when you venture outside your kitchen.
Enjoy your vacation — in moderation.
“You should definitely not obsess, but also avoid the “hey, what the heck, I’m on vacation” blow-out mentality,” Krieger said.
Try building in two to three special treats each day — something Krieger does herself.
“This way I feel like I can enjoy myself but stay mindful. It makes me think about what treats I really want and which I can pass on.”
If you’re watching your salt intake, limit sauces or dressings.
“The first thing I would suggest is to ask for sauces and dressings on the side,” Krieger said. “Those are usually big source of salt, and this way you can control how much goes on.”
Also, don’t be afraid to ask the waiter to talk to the chef about using less salt overall, Krieger added. “It seems like a reasonable request to me.”
Don’t forget to keep moving.
Doing something active during a vacation is another way to feel good about treating yourself.
“I was just in Mexico, and I swam, snorkeled, kayaked and ran on the beach. I would eat a healthful, simple breakfast and lunch, but I always made room for a piña colada and some chips and guacamole later in the afternoon!”