Many people I know love eating out at different cafes and restaurants – although we haven’t been able to do much of that over the last year due to COVID! We love trying out new places almost as much as we love returning to our old favourite spots. We love trying new menu items and discovering new ways to eat the foods they enjoy the most. Eating out can be both a wonderful and very dangerous thing.
In the UK we are blessed to have restaurants dotting the streets of many streets in towns and cities of all sizes. We are rarely at a loss for places to eat out. One of the greatest things about eating out is that it saves time that many busy people do not have to waste. After spending long hours at our workplaces, few people have the time or energy to return home and cook a gourmet meal. Eating out seems to be a great solution at the end of a long, tiring day.
Eating out can also be great because we can try a wide variety of foods and drinks that we don’t have the ability to make ourselves. No one loves eating the same basic foods over and over again, so eating out can be a good way to give our taste buds something new.
However, if we are not careful, eating out can also be dangerous for a couple of big reasons. First, we must use caution in eating out for the sake of our health. Most restaurants and cafes offer huge portions of items that are unhealthy to eat and drink. Eating out often means filling up on appetizers, a main course, a few high calorie beverages, and a dessert to finish off the evening. Think about how much you’re consuming during a meal like that. I am not, of course, saying that we should never enjoy eating out – quite the contrary. I am, however, saying that we need to be mindful when eating out. Learn to listen to your body’s hunger and fullness cues and even if the restaurant has served you a huge meal, stop eating once you start to feel satisfied (you can always get a doggy bag to go). Make healthy choices as well as indulgent ones and remember there are ways of eating out healthily, it just takes conscious effort.
Another huge reason to be careful about eating out too often is a financial one. It is no secret that eating out costs more, on average, than cooking meals in your own home. It is easy to accumulate large bills, especially at nicer places. So be careful that you stick to a budget when you make plans for eating out.
Beware. Eating out can be one of the greatest pleasures or one of the most dangerous things. Enjoy it, but do so sensibly.