Staying Healthy When Going Out to Eat

Americans Eat Out About Five Times a Week

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Decades ago, eating out was saved for a special occasion.

But today, research shows Americans eat out, on average, often close to five times a week.

Dr. Andrew Weil has been an advocate for healthy eating since the 1970s.

“I think you really have to have some strategy,” he said.

Dr. Weil has some tips for eating out.

“First of all, one good trick is to tell waiters not to bring bread and butter before the meal is served. First of all, the quality of bread in most restaurants is terrible and you can get out of a lot of calories before you even eat the food so why even have that on the table,” said Dr. Weil.

“Another is to ask for dressings and sauces on the side. You want to avoid fried things. One thing is to ask restaurants for olive oil instead of butter which is a healthier fat.”

You don’t have to say, ‘I can’t believe I ate the whole thing,’ watch the portion control.

If the meal is too big, order a half portion, share it with someone, or ask for half to go.

Dr. Weil adds, if you want to splurge on dessert, go ahead and order something and share it with the whole table.

“Food is a major influence on health, but it’s also a major source of pleasure. I think the big challenge is for people to experience that food that is good for you can also be food that is delicious,” said Dr. Weil.

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