Put yourself at ease by protecting those you love
03 December 2017
For most newlyweds, date night normally means eating out, a special, intimate activity that they enjoy doing together. It is usually a time for them to catch up on their day, talk about their hopes and dreams, and to enjoy a shared experience. With the boom of new restaurants and food concepts around the country, eating out is becoming a more adventurous and satisfying activity—and it certainly beats cooking for just two!
"We eat out around three times a week, especially on weekends, since our work schedules are different," shares Wowoo, who works the night shift as a training officer at a BPO company, and recently got married to Michi, a UI designer by profession. "It's the only time we get to have quality time together," adds Michi. "There's also usually no food at home, so eating out automatically becomes 'date time' for us."
However, eating out can be quite a challenge, health-wise. Most restaurants and food joints make sure that their customers get filled and satisfied when they visit, and thus a single food portion at the resto is actually fit for two. Moreover, when it comes to restaurant dishes, flavor is king. Hence, they usually have a lot of salt, butter, lard, or even the MSG.
"We usually try to eat healthy—the operative word being 'TRY,'" says Michi, with a laugh. Both are actually competitive sport climbers, and are also into mountaineering, and surfing, and thus are quite conscious of what they eat. "But it's so hard given that there aren't many cheap and affordable healthy food options out there."
But despite the challenges, there are legit ways to make sure that your eating-out routine can be healthier! Here are a few tips and tricks from these real life newlyweds:
Choosing to eat less rice, bread, or pasta is a good start to eating healthy when going to a restaurant. For Michi and Wowoo, this means ordering more veggies and chicken or fish.
"If we go out for dinner, definitely rice or any carbs, is out of the menu, especially at night. Meat and veggies will do," adds Wowoo. "But if we have climbing competitions, that's the time we go into 'beast mode'—talagang no rice for days!"
Most restaurants actually have a vegetable menu or have vegetable side dishes—venture to order something green to go with your steak or burger. And if you really want a burger, when in a fast food restaurant, check if they have ones with veggies on them. A few slices of tomatoes and some lettuce, wouldn't totally ruin your burger, would it?
Since most restaurants actually serve extra-sized portions, one option for a couple is to order just one dish they both like and share it. Not only does it save you calories, it also actually saves you money. "Less budget, less food to eat," Wowoo points out.
Skip the bottomless soda or iced tea next time you eat out. Even fruit juices or fruit shakes aren't much of an alternative as all these drinks are actually laden with tons of sugar.
Living life to the fullest means enjoying the best out of life, and eating out is definitely one way to enjoy life! But we should never forget to also live healthy, as living healthy helps us enjoy life better and gives us a better overall quality of life. After all, no one ever said that being sick and bed-ridden is making the most out of life! And as newlywed couples, living a long and healthy life together is something that you should strive for together.
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