4 Items To Bring To Every Restaurant
Written by: Tom Arguello
Who doesn’t like going out to eat… Whether it’s a business luncheon, a date night or a family gathering, eating out has become a staple of American culture. It’s our proclivity towards eating out that continually exposes us to the hidden dangers lurking on most tables that we sit at. Things like excessive portion sizes, artificial sweeteners and refined sugar can all be found in nearly every restaurant.
When we eat out, there are few things that we can control. That’s why I have started the habit of carrying what I call a “WISH” bag with me whenever I go to a restaurant.
A “WISH” bag consists of items that I can bring from home to make my restaurant-prepared food healthier.
Here’s what’s in it:
1. Water – When you ask for a glass of water at a restaurant, you are most likely getting tap water from a municipal source. Most cities around the country have voluntarily added fluoride and other agents into their water supply.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, prolonged exposure to fluoride may lead to an increased likelihood of bone fractures in adults and may have negative effects on bones, leading to pain and tenderness. Other health professionals claim that fluoride consumption can lead to a bevy of health issues including hypothyroidism and cancer.
I prefer to err on the side of caution and bring my own natural spring water. Not only does it taste better, but it is naturally alkaline, which is important to balance out the acidity of a lot of restaurant food.
2. Intention Card – While an intention is not something that you can physically include in your “WISH” bag, you CAN include an intention card. Write your health intention down on an index card and carry that in your bag. It can be something like “I intend on making the healthiest choice,” or “I intend on eating for nutrition rather than comfort” When you reach for the other items in the bag, you will see or feel the card and be reminded of your healthy intention. Stay the course!
3. Salt – Not all salts are equal! Unless otherwise stated, the salt that you’ll find on restaurant tables is a highly processed, refined salt, which is 99% sodium chloride and has no health benefits. Why not carry REAL salt with you?
I prefer Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, because it is naturally rich in iodine and has over 80 minerals, which have tremendous positive effects on your health including pH balance as well as qualities that help remove toxins and aid in the absorption of minerals. Plus it tastes great!
4. Honey – Look on the majority of restaurant tables and you’ll see a varied selection of artificial sweeteners and refined sugar, none of which benefit your health. Whether you plan on sweetening your tea or coffee, why not use a natural sweetener that has tremendous health benefits?
I carry raw, local honey with me at all times for this reason. Raw honey has been used as medicine for thousands of years. One of its earliest proponents was Hippocrates himself! I use it for allergy relief, but it also contains protein, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
So, the next time you find yourself with breakfast, lunch or dinner plans, choose carefully and don’t forget to “make a wish.“ Bon appetite!
Tom Arguello is an author, speaker and a board certified holistic health coach whose own bout with cancer, natural healing and spiritual awakening has led him on a crusade to help others with his own unique mind, body and spirit approach to health, happiness and prosperity!
Tom's story has reached a global audience by being featured on the websites and social media pages of: "True Activist", "Choice and Truth", "Real Farmacy" and "FitLife.TV" among many others. Tom is also a regular contributor to IHadCancer.com and has been a featured guest on the Juicing Radio Podcast. He was also a featured speaker at the 9th annual Annie Appleseed Alternative and Complementary Cancer Therapies Conference. Tom is currently writing his first book, "Thank God for Cancer!”.
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