Here are the 5 biggest impact ways to do so:
1. Prioritize veggies.
Try to look for and choose a dish with loads of veggies. This doesn’t mean you have to always order the salad any time you eat out. But if you aren’t able to remember the last time you had one, it might be a good idea.
Maybe you order an entree of steamed veg, to come out first. Or ask for greens instead of potatoes. Just try to think of how much veg is in the overall meal – so for example, choosing a pumpkin or eggplant dish is going to be healthier than a pasta carbonara.
2. Split it or pack it.
3. Minimize fried foods.
Deep fried. Battered. Pan fried. Not exactly the epitome of health. And chances are, the extra oil in your food is going to make that one meal the caloric/energetic equivalent of 2 or 3 home cooked meals. Eeek.
Try to avoid ordering deep fried takeaway food. It’s well known that fried food is not great for our health, and since oils are so fatty, this means your meal will be super high in cals. Which brings me to my next point…
4. Minimize oils, fats and creamy sauces.
5. Work the meal into your daily calories/macros/intake, and enjoy the heck out of it!
This isn’t about restricting and controlling, but rather about loving ourselves and choosing what makes us feel good.
After all, one meal isn’t going to derail your progress or cause weight gain or illness, but if takeaway is becoming a 3x a week thing, you may need to make some changes.
Enjoy your food, and make choices that serve you and your health.