Ivette is back on the podcast this week! If you missed our conversation on being a woman in STEM, you can listen to it here. This time, she and I are talking about nutrition, embracing cultural cuisine, and eating healthy at a restaurant. Ivette is Puerto Rican, and, as you know, I’m Persian-American. We bonded over our cultures, and we both love speaking about them.
So today, let’s chat about embracing different cultures through food and how to choose healthy options at new restaurants.
Ivette and I strongly believe that it’s important to experience new cultures with food. There are actually a lot of benefits to doing so!
Experiencing a different culture through food can tell you a lot about the people. It makes everyone more connected and understanding of one another.
Now, not every traditional cultural food is good for you. There are tons of bad things in a traditional American diet, and the same is true for other cultures. So, how do you pick health options at traditional Chinese, Indian, or Mexican restaurants? Or maybe you have a dietary restriction, and you aren’t sure how to ask for menu items without certain ingredients.
You don’t want to offend them, but you also want to experience their culture’s food without ignoring your health goals. It’s a fine line, but here are some ways you can choose healthy options anywhere you eat.
It’s fantastic to go to new restaurants and try the foods of different cultures. I highly encourage it! When you go out, you can still stick to your health goals. You aren’t being high maintenance. You’re asking for what you want, and it’s the restaurant’s job to accommodate (within reason!). See how you can be creating with eating healthy at a restaurant. So, what culture are you going to try next?!
Ivette Rivera Aponte is an integration engineer for NASA Engineering at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. She is responsible for the contractor’s technical performance and surveillance processes, systems, and efforts within the engineering organization, facilitating management strategic planning efforts, and streamlining technical communications and actions. Read her full bio here.
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