By Cheryl Nasso
Everyone loves the social and entertainment involved with a night out at a good restaurant! Often times we might even find the desire to "save up" some of our daily intake in an effort to offset some of the naughty foods we plan on partaking in with our friends. Yet, enjoying a night out does not have to be a setback in your journey to stay clean and focused. Especially since we are just starting a new year! Here are some of my tips!
- Have a plan.
If you know you are going to be going out to ear, plan ahead by researching the restaurant you will be going to. This will help you get an idea of what you will be ordering when you get there so you don't make any last minute decisions.
- Order a salad right away.
Often times, people will order appetizers. I tend to place a salad order with the waiter at that time so that when the appetizers come out I have something healthy to munch on. Order dressing on the side and look out for salads with dried fruits and cheese. Don't be afraid to add/take things away from the salad! I always ask for avocado and have them leave off the croutons and cheese.
- Meat and Veggies.
I use my nights out with my friends to enjoy a good quality steak or even a bun-less burger. If you are watching your portions, you can always ask for a box right away so you can put half away for lunch tomorrow.
- Balance it out.
If you are going to indulge in a glass of wine, or if you know you want to have a small piece of dessert, skip the dense carbs in the meal. (No, it’s not paleo) but let’s be realistic here, we are still human and the occasional treat can help you keep your sanity. With that being said, it shouldn't be an every night occurrence. 1-2 small treats a week should help you stay on track without leaving you deprived.
- Ask for the "gluten free menu"
Most restaurants have them now, or you can simply ask the server for the gluten free options. Be wary though, gluten free does not mean sugar free and is obviously still dense in carbohydrate.
At the end of it all, don't over think it. Enjoy your time with your friends and family, but remember that the food you choose does not effect that time. You will still laugh, or cry, celebrate, relax, and enjoy a good meal. Do not let the habits of others affect your focus and goals.
Cheryl Nasso is a competitive CrossFit athlete and CrossFit coach at CrossFit New England in Natick, MA who looks forward to her time in the gym every day training and helping others. She has competed and taken podium in many CrossFit Competitions including The Reebok CrossFit Games South East Regionals in 2011 and North East Regionals 2012 and 2013. Cheryl placed 22nd at the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games. If you'd like more inspiration from Cheryl check out her instagram.