I’m sure you will agree that eating clean at home is relatively easy especially when you have the right ingredients in your fridge and pantry. You can cook what you want to eat and wouldn’t be too tempted by takeout and fast foods.
But, things get a little more complicated when you’re away from home.
It could be complicated but it can be done with the following 4 clean eating tips I will share with you.
1. When you’re traveling
Do some due diligence before your scheduled travel. You need to know what your options are when you are on the road and at your destination.
Check if there are grocery stores close by and if you will have access to a mini-fridge (if you’re staying in a hotel).
In case you can’t find anything to eat, packing some emergency snacks ( Check this Real Food Tips: Top 10 Travel Snacks ) will come in handy. If you can, pack a little cooler with other ready to eat food. Having water and herbal teas on hand will also help when you’re traveling.
2. When you’re invited to Dinner
If you have a close relationship with the hostess, you may want to mention your dietary restrictions to her. But, it is a good idea to first have a substantial snack before you leave your house.
By doing so, you will not arrive hungrily and be tempted by all the “off-limit” food options.
Make the best choices you can. After that, it’s a personal decision if you want to avoid most food or have some foods you wouldn’t normally eat in order to avoid offending the hostess.
At the end of the day, a few bites of processed foods won’t kill you. Just avoid any known trigger foods and if you can, stay away from wheat and sugar.
3. When you’re dining out
Like when you are traveling, you should research about the place you are going to ahead of time, or if are the one in charge of selecting the place you will dine, pick a restaurant that you know has choices that fit into your eating plan.
Most restaurants have their menus available online. You can start from there and see if you can find your food preferences or at least close to being acceptable.
Then give them a call and see what they can do to accommodate you. They may be able to make some small tweaks in the menu to cut out foods you’re trying to avoid.
Stating you’re on dietary restrictions or can’t handle certain ingredients will help. Of course, it always helps to be nice to the person on the other end of the phone line and your server once you get to the restaurant.
4. One last quick tip
Anytime you head out, even if it’s just for a few short hours, carry a healthy snack with you. Keep some non-perishables like nuts and dried fruit in your purse along with some bottled water.
No matter what happens, you’ll have your snack and can make it until you get back home to cook a clean meal.
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