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Monday, April 1, 2013

3 tips to help you eat right in the modern world

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Eating right should be simple.  You know what's allowed and what isn't.  You know how much you can eat.  You know all of these things backwards and forwards.

Unfortunately, the real world likes to intervene from time to time.

So, what's a health conscious soul supposed to do?  You want to be social, but you don't want to go off the rails.

Luckily, here are a few tips that will help you out on that count.

1.  Eat first

If you're invited to a party or something along those lines.  You want to go, but you don't want to eat crap while you're there.  There's a simple answer to it, and that's to eat before you go.  Then, you're already fed with healthy food, and you can mill about at the party and be social.

Of course, this doesn't help if you're invited to a dinner party.  In that case...

2.  Make sure your hosts know your dietary restrictions

These days, people are generally familiar with dietary restrictions.  It's not unusual to encounter someone allergic to peanuts, or really any other kind of food allergy.  Well, you're allergic to stuff too.  Eating bad things makes you fat, right?

Seriously, if you let people know what you can't eat, they're far more likely to try and work with your diet.  Just be polite and respectful when you ask, and all should be well.

Unless you're eating out, in which case...

3.  Careful selection of restuarants

You'd be amazed at the restaurants that have relatively healthy options.  My personal favorites are steak houses, as they have selections of lean beef and chicken dishes to choose from, in addition to steamed vegetables.  Many also boast sweet potatoes on their menu, which is one of my favorite healthy treats.

It's just three tips, and they're not overly difficult when you think about it. 

The most important thing is to use foresight.  I won't lie.  I didn't do such a good job of that one this past weekend.  As a result, I'm focused on eating 100% paleo clean this week in an effort to try and off set the horrible eating over the weekend.

In fact, these rules are a direct result of what I didn't do, and the one meal I ate out where I did it right.  I can tell you though.  After last weekend, it became clear that sometimes things can happen.  Had I used the hunk of organ stored between my ears, I'd have probably been a whole lot better off.

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