These tips make dining outdoors a breeze.
During a recent session, my nutritionist, Ruth Frechman, R.D., and I talked about changing up my meals by taking them outside. Changing the scenery will help me focus on enjoying what I’m eating as opposed to zoning out in front of the TV or my computer. And since pleasant fall days are sticking around here in California, it looks like we are going to be able to eat outside a little longer. That said, she did have a few tips about how to keep food safe when enjoying lunch or dinner in the great outdoors:
1. Be sure any food goes straight from the kitchen to a hot grill—don’t leave it sitting around, allowing bacteria to grow. And while you may enjoy a nice rare burger, try to cook meat until it's no longer pink inside to be truly safe.
2. Meat, poultry, eggs, and creamy salads are huge breeding grounds for bacteria. Don’t let them sit out for too long in the sun.
3. If you’re going to picnic in the park, use a separate cooler for food and drinks. The food will stay cold whenever people go to grab a bottle of water.
Our 2011 Weight Loss Diary writer, Stacy, is a 35-year-old former teacher who is looking to get healthy and boost her self-esteem over the next year. Follow along as she goes after her goal!