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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,213
10/18/12 7:59 A

Dont forgo your luncheons...most chain restaurants have a sirloin steak and offer a veggie...chinese always stick top beef and brocolli or chicken and brocolli & a cup of wonton

A Portobella Mushroom burger without the bread is a good choice if available
Think lentil or veggie soup..have a cup
1 Pork chop is 200 calories...add veggies
2 Crab Cakes...200 calories..add veggies
3.5 ounces of red snaper 127 calories or grouper @250 Calories
Filet mignon...350 calories

Try a kabob with 1/2 cup of brown rice

Ask for a small house salad top with fresh lemon...its refreshing and low calorie

Shimp scampi....grilled shrimp another good choice

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 10/18/2012 (08:10)
PRIM8PHD SparkPoints: (13,467)
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10/17/12 6:09 P

Awesome job! I don't think it's ever acceptable to disengage from social situations just because you're on a 'diet.' I also found it very hard to believe that there's nothing on the menu you could have eaten. What everyone needs to do is learn to use the menu, and cooperate with the waitstaff, in order to meet your needs. Salad with no dressing. Chicken and steamed veggies, no butter, no oil. Sauce on the side. Box up half the portion before you start eating. Worst case, you can always beforehand and just had a cup of tea with your friends. People and friendships are important and will be a vital part of the support system that can help in maintaining your healthy lifestyle.

Edited by: PRIM8PHD at: 10/17/2012 (18:11)
GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,764
10/17/12 4:58 P

To Chesapeake60 emoticon emoticon

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10/17/12 4:48 P

Congrats on learning to live with healthy choices as part of that life. I thought about you at my lunch today. I go back to the city where I raised my kids every month or so for a day or two. Always have lunch with old friends, Today we had lunch at one of my favorite places. I limited my portions. Had them put the sauce for the fish on the side where I sampled it with my first and last bites. Eating the rest of the fish without the sauce. Visited and caught up with good friends and had a wonderful time. The healthy choices in no way made the day any less enjoyable. And I came home feeling very good about myself.

I think we each had a win-win day!

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10/17/12 3:16 P

Good work Gram! You are very right in your reasoning that you have to live the rest of your life this way, and you made a good choice! I struggle with this a lot too though. My BFF and I's favorite past time is to go out to eat, usually to places that don't even have nutritional values available. In fact we're meeting for brunch on Saturday. I already added up what I thought was some good choices from the menu (using my best guesses for substitutes on the tracker) and it's 1100 calories :( Thankfully I can have up to around 1750-1800 a day at this point, and it's brunch so I'll just have a piece of fruit when I wake up, and maybe a late afternoon snack and then a lighter dinner. It's just all about finding a way to work it into your plan!

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,764
10/17/12 2:42 P

Such wonderful advice - thanks! I ended up going. I have to live the rest of my life this way so I'd better learn to handle these situations.

I had lunch sized grilled chicken salad with a smidge of dressing. Per their nutrition info (if you can trust it) I had 245 calories and 580 Mg sodium. The people on either side of me had cheeseburger & fries and the other fish & chips. In the past I would have caved but did well today.

The best part of course is laughing and talking with girl friends for a couple hours.

10/17/12 1:39 P

I just had to do a similar thing at PF Changs. Holy sodium batman. Some dishes have 2 full days worth! What I ended up doing is finding a couple sides and combining them. Brown rice and sauteed spinach, plus a tomato salad and I was a happy camper. People might think it's odd, but as long as the sides are big enough (they certainly are at PF Changs) you can combine them onto one plate and it will look just like an entree. Plus it cuts the cost!

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
10/17/12 12:14 P

Is this luncheon group important to you? Do you meet with them daily, once a week or once a month?

If it wasn't very often then I would have just gone and planned to get the best thing I could- salad without dressing or whatever- and adjusted the rest of my day's food intake.
If it is almost every day then I would just skip it.

I would actually reevaluate the importance of continuing to regularly participate in a group that always centers around food. Maybe it isn't the best way to socialize for weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. If you don't need to be in this group for another reason maybe it is time to look at joining non-food related groups instead.

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10/17/12 11:49 A

Eating out is often something we cannot avoid but there are healthy choices that you can make and any item at a restaurant can be altered to fit your lifestyle. You can get things plain, have them prepared differently even in different cooking oils. I do this all the time. I request changes on everything that I order because they are chefs and are capable of it. Most often with these changes I request, I'm not only saving on tons of sodium but at least 200-300 calories by eliminating the items they already come with. :)

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10/17/12 10:38 A

I would go. Work outings are important for socializing and networking with coworkers. I would get the appropriate entree that I want to eat. For the salad, don't be limited by the dressings they serve. Ask for oil and vinegar. I'm pretty sure that has no sodium and you can control your portions.

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10/17/12 10:14 A

Lettuce and fresh veggies are not high in sodium. So I would go with a salad having them hold all the extras and drag on side. I use about a half teaspoon of dressing on my salad so I can use just about any drsg. But you could bring your own healthy spritz and use.

I am a social being so missing time to socialize with people I enjoy would never be an option. If this eating is for a lifetime you have to learn how to deal with life. Or sit home......

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
10/17/12 10:08 A

To me it depends on how often this group is going out. If it's a once a week thing, that skipping isn't that big of a deal. That said though, if you know you're going to be going out to eat, which presumably you did, plan ahead. Watch your other meals the day or two before and go out to lunch with your group. Is there any baked or grilled meat & veggie option on the menu? That can be a healthy choice as soup & salad out usually isn't.

NEED2MOVE2 Posts: 1,279
10/17/12 10:02 A

I think you made ther right decision.. I wiould not go either emoticon

LOTUS737 Posts: 3,186
10/17/12 9:05 A

in addition to the good advice below, you can often figure out what's in the salad that gives it such a high sodium content- ask them to remove any salty meat or cheese, get the dressing on the side or just put lemon on it. generally you can modify items on the menu within reason and stick within your plan.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,234
10/17/12 7:54 A

there isn't a wrong answer if it works for you.
personally, i don't often consider the salads on a menu because of the dressing and cheese issue. soup would also be high, but the cups are at least smaller portions. but i'm also really happy with only eating half, which means that as long as i can find a menu item under 1000 cals, i'm topping out at 500 cals for my meal, which isn't bad.
as far as if i would skip, it would depend on what else was going on. if it were a weekly [or more often] luncheon group, i'd be more inclined to skip. if it were a biweekly, monthly, or less often luncheon group i would be more inclined to attend. i'd also think about all of the things i have over a week/two week period around this and i would rank them and pick my top few to attend. i mean, if i have 30 events over the next two weeks, i might put them in order of which i would like to attend and only do the top 7. if i only had three things coming up over the next two weeks, i might go to all of them even if they were wedged in back to back.
life is about picking which opportunities you want to take. and if right now, today, being a little more faithful to your weightloss than your friends is what is topping your list, then that is fine. if your weightloss keeps topping your friends every time you may want to look at loosening the restrictions on your weightloss or looking for a new group of friends that you like more than the ones you have. but having different priorities for different days and scenarios is fine, provided that is the decision that will make you the happiest and most fulfilled.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,764
10/17/12 7:28 A

My luncheon group is eating today at a local chain restaurant. I checked their nutrition info online (not user friendly, hmmm) and there is nothing for me. The sodium in the garden salad is even high. Having just lost the water weight from the pool party snacks last week, I am not anxious to gain it back. So I am phoning this morning to say I won't be able to attend. What would you do?

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