How to find a healthy restaurant when eating out

How to find a healthy restaurant when eating out

We talk a lot here at Templeton Health about the importance of a healthy diet — and for good reason. Cancer patients, in particular, are advised to carefully monitor what they eat. Thus, it is a good idea to eat at home as you have complete control over the ingredients that go into each dish and how the food is prepared. But there are times when you may travel and eating out becomes a necessity, and there are times when you may just want to go outside and enjoy food that someone else has prepared for a change.

Instead of throwing caution to the wind and taking advantage of randomly selected restaurants, what if you could choose from those restaurants that have been healthily certified by a team of people who understand the importance of fresh healthy food? Restaurants that serve foods you feel good about.

That’s exactly what we’ve done here at Templeton Wellness. As a cancer survivor of over 35 years, I want to do everything I can to help cancer patients in their fight for their lives. I know what it’s like to travel on a mission and how hard it is to stay on a mission with the nutritionally balanced meals I need to stay healthy. I understand that there are times when eating out is a welcome break from the routine of cooking and preparing meals at home.

I strongly felt the importance of finding credible places to eat when eating out, which I created Templeton ListA completely free guide to America’s healthiest restaurants. My team has surveyed thousands of restaurants in all 50 states, asking seven important questions in an effort to determine if the food they serve is healthy enough for cancer patients — or for anyone who wants to make sure the food they order is nutritionally sound. If a restaurant meets all seven criteria for ingredients, preparation, and environmental guidelines, it will be awarded five stars. The rating drops based on the number of criteria missing. Here’s how it works.

The Templeton List: Your Free Guide to America’s Healthiest Restaurants

when you visit, you are presented with a box to enter the city/state you are interested in. You will then be shown a list of our handpicked restaurants that meet our strict guidelines, along with their star rating and a list of criteria they meet. If a restaurant meets all seven criteria we criticize (for ingredients, preparation, and environmental guidelines), they would be given five stars. The rating drops based on the number of criteria missing.

The seven criteria our team uses to determine if they meet our criteria include:

  1. Is the food you serve locally sourced? It’s no secret that fresh fruits and vegetables lose a lot of their nutritional quality when shipped over long distances. In fact, the nutrients in fresh produce decrease within 24 hours of being picked. That’s why fresh produce is often exposed to chemicals, gases or wax in order to preserve food for long-distance transportation. Add to this the fact that locally grown food is picked at the peak of its maturity when it is nutritionally dense, and you can see why locally sourced foods are preferred.
  2. Is the food you serve organically grown and free of pesticides and chemicals? In a news article we published on The Templeton Wellness Foundation, those who eat organic foods regularly are 25% less likely to develop cancer. In fact, it was found that 68,946 study participants had a 73% lower risk of developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and a 21% lower risk of developing postmenopausal breast cancer. Check out the enlightening article: A new study says you can reduce your risk of cancer by eating organic food.
  3. Do you use healthy, non-hydrogenated oils? Junk foods are usually made from hydrogenated vegetable oils such as soybean and canola. Not only are these oils known to be inflammatory, they have also been linked to cancer and heart disease. That’s why a diet rich in fast food often increases the risks of colorectal cancer, stomach cancer, and cancers of the respiratory system (mouth, nose, throat, vocal cords, trachea, and esophagus). For women, the risk of developing liver and breast cancer is also higher, and for men, the risk of developing lung cancer is greater. You’ll want to check out The link between fast food and cancer.
  4. Do you provide filtered water and use filtered water when cooking? Clean and pure water is not necessarily guaranteed in many places across the United States. Shock, isn’t it? This is one area of ​​concern that you cannot overlook. Check the Cancer Connection in our article, If you have cancer, clean your drinking water now! And by the way, it’s not just your drinking water that you need to watch out for, the water you bathe or shower in can also put you at risk.
  5. Do you use real butter and not margarine at all? Unfortunately, many waiters across the country don’t realize the difference between real butter and alternatives like margarine. This is one of the reasons why we feel it is important to check restaurants for you. Margarine was found A horrific number of carcinogens It must be avoided.
  6. Are you GMO Free? Genetically modified foods are more likely to be contaminated with pesticides and herbicides because they are genetically modified in an attempt to be more tolerant of chemical exposure. Glyphosate is one of the most deadly chemicals to date. Not only does it kill weeds, it can also kill you. Any plant sprayed with glyphosate takes the chemical into its tissues – you can’t just wash it. Because glyphosate drifts in air currents when sprayed and runs into waterways, it is found in nearly all US-grown produce, but at much lower levels in organic foods. Learn more: The dangers of glyphosate.
  7. Are you MSG-free? Monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer that originated in Japan, has been around for a long time. Unfortunately, it has been implicated in many neurological symptoms. It remains one of the most harmful food additives and hides in everything from frozen dinners to processed meats, salad dressings, broths, nut milks, etc. Learn more about Find hidden ingredients on food labels.

The bottom line is that you have a right to know what’s in your food. Templeton List I can help. This is a completely free, interactive restaurant guide for the sole purpose of helping you identify health-checked restaurants in your area.

Is there a restaurant you frequent that is not part of the guide? If so, please ask the seven important questions above before you dine there again. And if your favorite restaurant says “yes” to most of these questions, feel free to send us that information. Our team will follow up and you may find your favorite restaurant in our exclusive list the next time you’re looking!

note: Templeton List It is a work in progress with many new restaurants being added every week. I encourage you to check it out, save it to your Favorites and come back often to see what healthy restaurants are in your area or your next travel destination.

This story was originally published on Templeton Wellness Site.


James Templeton founded Uni Key Health Systems in 1992 and now Templeton Wellness Foundation As a way to give back and help others achieve the health and wellness they seek.

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