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Health: What To Eat Outside?

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We live in the most diverse city in the world. It’s easy to satisfy every craving we get; from Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Greek, and everything you can imagine you can find it in New York City.

Eating healthy can be easy as well, and I’m not talking about just having salads. If you know what’s good or bad for your body, and then it’ll be easier to decide.

You want to use your macro nutrients (fat, carbohydrates and protein) wisely.

Carbohydrates and fats provide energy. Protein helps gaining and maintaining lean muscle.
Deciding what to eat when you go out doesn’t have to be so complicated. So what do you eat when you go out?

Opt for a source of protein, vegetables and a complex carbohydrate that will keep you full longer.
-Grill chicken on whole wheat bread or 1/2 cup of brown rice.
-Shrimp/ fish with 1/2 cup of pasta with a side of veggies or a salad.
-Steak and one baked potato.
– Salads with a source of protein (chicken, shrimp, meat, cottage cheese, beans,etc)

Other tips to keep it healthy and avoid extra calories:

-Skip desserts and sodas to avoid consuming unnecessary sugar and calories. Instead, have water or tea.

-Order from the “healthy” side of the menu which usually has fewer calories.

-Skip appetizers

-Watch out for happy hour: I get it, you want to have a drink or two with your coworkers; try to limit the amount of drinks you have and drink plenty of water between drinks so you avoid dehydration.

Remember that eating and being healthy is a lifestyle. As long as you’re eating in moderation and knowing what you’re putting in your body, you’ll have better chances of achieving your fitness goals.


I'm Natalie Friedman, senior in Brooklyn College majoring in Broadcast Journalism. Fitness is my passion and I aspire to inspire others to a healthy lifestyle. I am currently interning with KIRS, where I write articles about exercises, nutrition and anything fitness related. NAASM aspiring personal trainer.

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