facebook.com/coachlana How to Eat Cleaner - Day 25 of 31 - Eating Healthy When Eating Out.

Hello everyone. I'm so excited that you decided to join me in our 31 days to cleaner or healthier eating. Each one of these videos will have 1 simple concept for you to chew on. It's your choice what you do with it. Try it for a day, a week, a month or implement for your entire life. My hope is it helps you open your mind to learning more about fueling your body more healthily.

Part of cleaning up what we eat is getting educated and alot of these videos focus on awareness.

Today we talk about an eating healthy when eating out. OMG. I think we finally have a pretty easy topic. Maybe not easy to do, but easy to talk about. Not alot of controversy here.

Plan ahead and know where you are going. Planning ahead was a running theme our first week of this challenge. So, hopefully by now we are in the habit of it already. You can look up nutritional information on most restaurant websites these day. Get an idea of what your options are before going to the restaurant. Then it will be easier to order.

Be assertive. Ask how things are prepared and what the ingredients are. Ask them to make your food the way you want. You are paying for the meal, get it your way. I ask for steamed vegetables without butter all the time.

Get as many dressings and sauces on the side and try to choose the healthiest options if possible. If you can get vinegar and oil on your salad rather than ranch, by all means do it. I know what vinegar and oil is, but I may not know the ingredients of their ranch dressing. Go light on the sauce. You can ask them to use half as much as they usually do. Most restaurants seem to bury their food in sauces these days. Where's the food? What does it taste like?

Share desserts, entrees, etc. You don't have to go without. When you indulge, share it. That way you won't eat as much and you won't take it home either. If you can't share a decadent dessert or entree, have them pack half to 3/4 of it and only serve you the smaller portion. At least then you can control how many calories you are getting at that meal.

If your friends and family are not as supportive with your healthy habits and want to continually go to the unhealthiest food options, you need to get creative. Let them choose, but you give them the choice. Find 3 middle of the road places to eat, where they can indulge and you can still find relatively healthy options. Let them pick. Then you give them some control.

Try not to eat out too often. I count breakfast and lunch as eating out also. Usually, the more you eat out, the less in control you are of how it's being prepared and where it comes from. If you are eating out to lunch at Subway every day, cut it down to 3x, then less, for example. Try to cook and pack ahead more. You'll find you save money this way too.

Are any of these concepts hitting home? Where do you think you can improve?

Thanks for your time. This is Coach Lana and I would love for you to join me at facebook.com/coachlana so we can connect.

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