Some of the most common questions Dr. Daryl Gioffre gets, especially in NYC where we are surrounded by so many restaurants, is what should I do when I eat out to maintain an alkaline lifestyle? Here are some of his favorite eating-out tips to keep you on track without getting rid of the foods you love…
1. Slow down and chew your food. Digestion begins in the mouth, so make sure you chew your food and help your digestive system out. It takes your brain 15 minutes to catch up to your digestive system, so if you eat too fast, it will be too late before your brain lets you know that you are full.
2. Drink Water. Avoid soda, carbonated beverages, and alcohol when possible. Have a glass of water instead and always add a lemon or lime wedge. While they are both a citric acid, they are very alkaline-forming inside your body. If you are going to indulge and have a soda or an alcoholic beverage, have an extra glass of water with lemon beforehand and be sure to have a glass of AlkaMind Daily Minerals before bed to neutralize all that acid.
3. Avoid the basket of bread all together. Out of sight, out of mind! If it’s not in front of you, you will be less inclined to go on auto-pilot while waiting for your meal.
4. Go green. Whether at home or out, I love salads. They are high water content greens that give you an alkaline edge, and it will also help to fill you up faster.
5. On the side, please. Ask for all dressings and condiments on the side, as most are highly acidic, and you want to have control over how much you use, if any. Better yet, ask for some extra virgin olive oil and lemon slices on the side and make your own dressing.
6. Stay away from table salt. Over 77% of our sodium intake comes from restaurant and processed foods, so avoid it, and you can even bring your own like I do!
7. Consider Apps and Sides. Instead of a full entrée, try two appetizers or even look at the side dishes and put them together as nice meal with an alkalizing soup, or have a side dish of steamed or sautéed veggies, quinoa, or brown rice. Most importantly if you are going to have meat or fish, you want the portion size to be the side show and not the main event.
8. Ask your waiter. Now that you have a good swap this for that list, put it to good use and don’t be afraid to ask your waiter to substitute an ingredient.
9. Avoid fried. Instead, go for steamed, sautéed, grilled, roasted, broiled, dehydrated, or baked
10. Dessert – sharing is caring. Instead of everyone ordering their own dessert, order one for the table and share. Use my good/better/best philosophy when it comes to making your dessert choices. While it’s not the best choice to have some fresh fruit after a meal, it’s a much better choice than the molten-lava chocolate cake. The best option, however, is to skip desert all together.