I started my diet a few weeks ago, and have been avoiding my weekly girl’s night because we always end up at a restaurant. I love eating out, and my friends always order waaaay too much and we end up sharing. We usually have a couple of glasses of wine, and I always end up overeating. I’m doing so well and have been in ketosis for 2 weeks now. I don’t want to cheat, and end up breaking my ketosis, but I also don’t want to give up an important part of my social life. What should I do? Do you have any tips to keep from breaking ketosis when you eat out?
Thanks for your question. This is a common issue/concern for new keto dieters. It’s so easy to go out with friends, get swept up in the fun and conversation, have a few drinks, and completely ruin your ketosis. The good news is that being aware, and concerned, already puts you on the right track. Being aware that you might overindulge, or eat the wrong foods, will keep you vigilant in your ordering and consumption while you are out with the girls.
Before you meet with them, eat a small meal and drink a glass of water to fill you up. This will keep you full, and allow you to order less. Even some nuts eaten in the car on the way will help. Instead of wine, try clear alcohols, but be careful of your mixers. If you decide on wine, skip the second glass, and have a glass of water. Water before, and with, a meal will help you to feel more full.
Scan the menu online before you go. Pick a keto-friendly option or two so you are prepared when you get there. Stay away from sauces and dressings, and never be afraid to ask your server for details. Even if they don’t know the answer, they have direct access to the chef to find out! They can also help you find or see the nutrition fact on wine, alcohol, and meals.
If you love ordering appetizers, opt for a charcuterie (meat and cheese) tray. Just stay away from anything overly processed.
Finally, if dinners are the most dangerous for you, suggest a lunch, coffee or breakfast instead. You can still have just as much fun, but stress less in an environment that will be easier for you. Find some great keto friendly restaurants in your area and suggest them for your next meeting.
Have fun with your girls!