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Stay On With Your Diet With These Best Arizona Healthy Dining Restaurants

Want To Eat Healthy When Dining Out?

Going out to eat can always be a tricky situation when you’re trying to stick to healthier eating habits. People tend to avoid restaurants when they’re watching their weight and agrees that a lower-calorie meal option when dining away from home is the best way to keep their food-related goals. So to help you stick to your healthy eating resolutions, we suggest you try these Arizona healthy dining restaurants:

Flower Child

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Healthy Food For A Healthy World…
If you are a vegan, it is sometimes hard to find a good restaurant that offers a great variety of healthy options.  Flower Child, owned by Sam Fox – the creator of the well-known and beloved True Food Kitchen concept is a perfect healthy lunch spot that caters to both carnivores and vegans with a variety of gluten-free options as well. You can build your own meal by adding ingredients or get a variety of delicious sides. All dishes are served fresh, tasty and well prepared.  Try their best ever Brussel Sprouts, Amazing Butternut Squash or Cauliflower with Tofu and you surely won’t regret it.

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Cutting Board Cafe

Arizona Healthy Dining

A unique and great vegan spot in Mesa, Arizona, the Cutting Board Bakery and Cafe uses only organic and locally produced ingredients and serves a variety of gluten-free options. The foods are not just tasty and meat-free but also filled with all kinds of healthy ingredients that you won’t often find in most restaurants. The place offer events like movie nights that focus on interesting topics about diet and lifestyle making it a great opportunity to mingle with other folks that are on the same path toward healthy and mindful eating.

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Pita Jungle

Arizona healthy dining

With multiple locations around Phoenix, this is a sure bet for fresh healthy and tasty food. Definitely a go-to place if you like Mediterranean food. This place serves more than just pitas but a great variety of deliciously hummus options and healthy choices. Their Cilantro Jalapeno hummus and Red pepper Hummus are must tries. Great food for all dietary restrictions!

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Pomegranate Cafe

Arizona healthy dining

No doubt, this is one of the best vegan and organic restaurant in Phoenix. The foods are made from fresh items grown locally and serves a wide selection from salads and specials to all kinds of tasty desserts. Vegan, vegetarian or omnivore alike can find something wonderful to tantalize even the pickiest of taste buds. The options for breakfast and lunch were endless and so are their smoothies and fresh juices. The place can be a bit pricey, but if quality matters to you, you wouldn’t mind paying for it.

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Picazzo’s Healthy Italian Kitchen

Arizona healthy dining

If you are looking for a bit of a new healthier choice combined with Italian food, then this place is for you. This place has something for everyone, gluten free, vegetarian, and everywhere in between. You will be drawn with its high reviews abiding by its mission of providing only the highest quality of ingredients that are organic, non-GMO, processed without the use of nitrates/nitrites, hormones or antibiotics or locally sourced, as well as catering to allergy and dietary friendly profiles.

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Traveling On A Weight Loss Diet

traveling on a weight loss diet

Traveling on a weight loss diet requires advanced preparation, so you can relax on your vacation!

The extreme Arizona heat was getting to my little boy and me so last week we escaped the 122 temperatures for a bit of summer fun.  Many of my Phoenix friends are originally from Minnesota and since I’d never been there, we went up to enjoy some fireworks and spend time on a few of the 10,000 lakes. We had a blast but… the traveling on a weight loss diet is very difficult.  You need to be more prepared than I was.

I’d been so good in my 1st month at MedShape, never straying from the nutrition plan, but the trip snuck up on me and I wasn’t mentally or physically prepared for traveling on a weight loss diet.  I’d packed my essentials and thought I was covered but it takes a lot more than that.  I’m going to share my ‘falling off the wagon’ experience with you so that you can hopefully learn from my mistakes and be more prepared for traveling on a weight loss diet.

Tips for Traveling on a Weight Loss Diet

  • Make sure you pack all of your supplements and medications.  This sounds straight forward but, when you travel, you won’t have a kitchen full of tools or room in your bag to pack large containers.  Depending on the length of your trip, try packing a few protein bars and separating scoops of protein powders in Ziplock bags to save space.  You can safely store these bags in your mixer bottles.  Also, you’ll need an insulated bad with freezer packs to carry your refrigerator meds in.

  • If you’re staying in hotels, be sure to get a room with a refrigerator in it.  You’ll need it to store your meds and snacks.  This is something that’s necessary but so easy to forget when traveling on a weight loss diet.

  • Visit a grocery store right away and get your favorite go-to foods.  I finally did this towards the end of my trip and picked up a rotisserie chicken, my favorite low carb salad dressing and a bunch of greens.  Wow, I should have done it straight away!  Having a stash made life so much easier and stopped me from going too long without eating, like I did in my first few days.

  • Don’t talk much about your diet… just do it.  I quickly learned that the ‘go ahead – you’re on vacation’ attitude is really common when people find out you’re traveling on a weight loss diet.  They think that the trip should be your special excuse to do what you want and… you can, of course, but it takes a long time to catch up.  Keep your eye on the goal!

  • Ask restaurants to prepare your food how you want it… aka what fits your nutrition goals.  Many times, it’s no problem for them to substitute steamed veggies for the baked potato or noodles.  Also, many chain restaurants have nutrition guides available on request.  You can do a quick scan to find out which items are friendly for traveling on a weight loss diet.  All you have to do is ask!

The lucky thing about my trip was that Minnesota has a MedShape Weight Loss Clinic, too, so I was able to stop in and grab some extra protein drinks, oatmeal and protein bars.  I was motivated to stop in for supplies and stop wrecking my progress with travel splurges after I realized how loose all of my sundresses and bathing suits from last year were fitting.  If my MedShape weight loss keeps going so well, I’ll be buying all new summer gear really soon.

Traveling on a weight loss diet is hard but possible.  Just prepare yourself mentally and have your gear together in the days before you leave.  A little preparation goes a long way and following the tips above will help you stay ahead of travel temptations!

— Cassandra, AZ

Do you have any suggestions for traveling on a weight loss diet?  We’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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