When you’re eating out, do you take a look at the calorie count for different menu items? Some people do, and some people don’t.
But whether you consciously think about it or not, the fact that calories are listed on restaurant menus is something that affects all of us.
Some people see it as a helpful tool for mindful eating, while others see it as an unwelcome addition that’s more focused on weight loss than enjoying food.
Castle Gym in Nottingham has come up with a few ways which can help people enjoy eating out at restaurants again without having the fear of calories in the back of their minds.
We understand that a lot of people are concerned about going to eat out at a restaurant, due to the fear of getting overwhelmed by calories being shown on menus.
Castle Gym want to help people overcome this hurdle, so they can continue to enjoy socialising and eating out with friends and family worry-free.
A Castle Gym member shared with us:
“I used to love going out to eat, but ever since calorie counts became mandatory on menus, I’ve started avoiding restaurants altogether. It’s such a shame because I really miss spending time with my friends over good food.”
It’s easy to get caught up in numbers. We can easily start to believe that these numbers define us. However, it’s important to keep the numbers in perspective.
They don’t have any bearing on your value as a person. They don’t have the power to make you good or bad. So, don’t let them control you.
Don’t let calories determine your self-worth
When first looking at the menu, start by thinking about what sounds good, and see if anything jumps out at you. Once you have a few options in mind, go with whichever one sounds the most appealing and manageable.
Keep in mind that not every meal needs to be “perfect“. Sometimes it’s more important to just enjoy the food. Try not to worry about whether or not it fits into your diet perfectly.
And remember, you’re always allowed to eat all your food. If you’re still feeling hungry after finishing your meal, don’t hesitate to order something else or get a to-go box for the leftovers.
If you’re the type of person who is likely to be swayed by the lowest-calorie option on the menu, don’t be afraid to ask your dining companion to read out the options for you.
By eliminating the visual calorie information, you may be able to make a decision based on desire rather than fear.
If you find yourself getting too hung up on the calorie counts when you’re dining out, try to shift your focus away from food and towards enjoying time with your loved ones.
One way to do this is to have a conversation. Ask your friends about their day or catch up on gossip. Another is to simply savour the taste of each bite and the experience of dining out.
Instead of fixating on the numbers, focus on savouring the flavours and enjoying the company. With a little effort, you can turn a stressful dinner into a truly enjoyable experience.
Start a conversation
It can be really to start a conversation with others regarding how we feel about calories.
However, before you go for dinner, speak with your friends, family, or partner about how you are feeling.
They can help you battle the thoughts and problems when it comes to your relationship surrounding calories on menus.
Castle Gym is dedicated to helping our members achieve their fitness goals in a healthy and sustainable way.
We understand that sometimes, unhealthy relationships with food and body image can stand in the way of progress.
That’s why we have a team of personal trainers who are always available to provide support and advice.
If you’re struggling to overcome your issues, we’ll work with you to develop a plan that meets your needs.
We’ll help you establish healthy habits and make positive changes that will last a lifetime.
With our expert guidance, you’ll be able to reach your fitness goals and finally break free from your struggles.
Contact us today to learn more about our services!