Do you choose to skip on outings where you know you won’t be able to drink or eat the way you usually do?
If so, I’m here to remind you that there’s no reason why you should.
When I first started my health journey, I became a hermit. I turned down every invitation I received to go out with my friends, because I knew they’d want to go out to eat or drink their life away. I had made a lifestyle change, so I couldn’t be eating wings and having shots like the rest of my friends. By choosing to stay in, however, I missed out on several moments that I have to hear about every time my friends and I get together.
After realizing what I was missing out on, I decided to find a way to enjoy my time with my friends while maintaining my diet. It’s actually quite simple. I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me before. You see, I don’t have to stay in to avoid breaking my diet. Instead, all that I have to do is be smart about it.
For example, if my friends and I are going out to eat, I always ask ahead of time which restaurant we’re going to. As soon as they tell me the name, I go online to take a look at their menu. I like doing that ahead of time so that I know exactly what to order when we get there instead of making a big fuzz in front of the waiter. We all know how uncomfortable it is to be asking for substitutes, nutrition facts etc.
I tend to find a dish that has the type of protein that I want for my main course. For instance, if I see a dish that includes grilled salmon, I’ll consider it. If the dish says that the salmon comes with fries and beans, I just ask the waiter to substitute the fries and beans for mixed veggies. It’s honestly not a big deal. They’ll gladly do it for you.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that you can get whatever dish you want. Restaurants have options, so utilize them.
If you’re thinking about getting alcohol because it’s a special occasion or you just want to have some fun, go ahead and order some. However, be smart about the type of alcohol that you’re getting. Avoid sugar-filled drinks. If you feel like having a margarita, order the one that has less sugar (I think it’s called light margarita? I have no idea).
My point is… You don’t have to alienate yourself from your friends just so you can live a healthy life. If your friends choose to drink and eat unhealthy, that’s their choice. You can always order something different.
Life is all about choices, so choose to go out with your friends in your own way.