What you eat can have a large impact on your health. If you suffer from a disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, what you eat could be the difference between life and death.
Of course, everyone likes to go out to eat on occasion, however, not every restaurant offers an adequately healthy menu. Unfortunately, many people think that restaurants labeled as a "health food restaurant" only offer strange dishes that are tasteless or worse. A true health food restaurant provides a variety of foods meant to please customers while adhering to different dietary restrictions.
A vegetarian/vegan diet is almost always a choice. While it has been shown to reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular diseases, it is very rare that a doctor will mandate you to quit eating meat and animal products. However, it is a lifestyle choice that should be honored and respected. A health food restaurant will offer many options for this type of diet whereas many "normal" restaurants only offer a salad.
People with diabetes need to limit the number of carbohydrates and sugar in their diet. It can be surprising how many carbs are in food, especially at restaurants that serve carb-heavy side dishes like noodles, rice, and bread. In addition, many sauces have a lot of sugar in them. A health food restaurant offers dishes that are not only low in carbs but also do not contain any added sugar. In most cases, they will have a whole section of diabetic-friendly meals.
Many farmers use pesticides and chemical-laden feed for their fruits and vegetables. The toxins, however, remain in them after harvest. While individually the toxin amount is not high enough to be of concern, they can build up in your body to toxic levels. Livestock treated with antibiotics are fed foods that contain hormones and chemicals to help them grow faster and bigger, then produce more products like eggs and milk. People concerned with ingesting these chemicals choose to eat only organic foods that have been raised naturally. Look for the organic section of the menu if you choose to eat this way.
A healthy food eatery will offer you the same type of foods you are used to eating, but with ingredients that fit your dietary needs and choices. If you do not have any restrictions on what you eat, you will be pleasantly surprised at the options and the taste of the dishes you are served.