What does your order look like when you eat out? Do you almost always over-indulge, so you play it as safe as possible? How do your eating habits make you feel? If someone came to you with the same habit, what advice would you give them?
When eating out, my food choices are relatively moderate and balanced. There are times when I try to choose healthier options when I really want something that’s “junk” food, which can be a frustrating experience. Otherwise, my eating out habits are pretty similar to how I approach food at home.
Overall, I’m happy with these habits. I’ve had times in the past where I’ve been afraid to eat out or order whatever I want because I would go “off track.” But there’s so much more to food than fuel, and I think eating out tends to be an excellent reflection of that fact. Celebrations, parties, catching up with friends, holidays, etc. – food is a social activity that is deeply tied with tradition and culture. It’s highly isolating to cut yourself off from these types of events out of fear around food.
If someone came to me asking about to approach eating out, I’d highly encourage them to pause before ordering and touch base with themselves to understand what they really want. Sometimes you want something super nutrient-dense, regardless of where you are. Other times, you just want some junk. Both are okay. Learn how to read your body for what it wants and needs, both physically and mentally, so you can provide for yourself without judgement.
Black Iron Nutrition is offering a 30 Day Mindful Eating Challenge that includes journal prompts and tasks to help bring more mindfulness to our relationships with food. And I’m in! This post is in response to today’s prompt to keep myself accountable and get the most out of my participation. If you’re interested in joining the free challenge, sign up at Black Iron Nutrition’s website here.