After such a long time of not being able to eat out combined with the current 'Eat out to help out' scheme, I'm hearing of more and more people that are choosing to eat out on several occasions during the week.
Many people I know love eating out at different cafes and restaurants including myself. 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 we enjoy the most. But eating out can be both a wonderful and very dangerous thing.
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 work, 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 perhaps don't have the time or 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 drinks and a dessert to finish off the evening. Think about how many calories you can consume during a meal like this. I am not, of course, saying that we should never enjoy eating out. I am, however, saying that we need to be careful, for our health's sake, about eating out too frequently. We must be careful to watch our choices when we are eating out. Choose healthier items or make a commitment to only get 1 course instead of 3. There are ways of eating out healthily, it just takes a conscious effort. Try just ordering the steak with a nice big salad instead of the added chips or try just getting a starter or dessert but not both.
Beware. Eating out can be one of the greatest pleasures or one of the most dangerous things. Enjoy it, but do it with caution.