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PREPLOGLE5 SparkPoints: (498)
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3/7/13 5:10 P

I ate at TooJay's Deli & had the Mandarin Chicken Salad with side of Tropical Dressing. Like you said I tracked another MCS but it wasn't Wendy's. I didn't know what restaurant we were going to so I couldn't look online. I will, though, look if I know where I am going. That is a good point.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (73,428)
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3/7/13 9:42 A

Look at the menu ahead of time if it's available online and go to the restaurant with a plan of what you're going to get. You can look at the nutrition info of dishes at chain restaurants and find comparable items just to get an idea of how many calories you consumed. Example: a few months ago, I got Eggplant Parmesan at our local diner, but tracked Olive Garden's Eggplant Parmesan in my Nutrition Tracker just to get an idea of how many calories it was.

Another option is to immediately box up half of your meal and save it for the next day. If you can, get steamed veggies as a side (ask for no oil/butter). If you decide to get a salad, ask for dressing on the side and just dip your forkful of lettuce in your cup of dressing. Eating out can be tricky, but don't worry about it too much!

DGEOGHEGAN Posts: 447
3/7/13 9:11 A

I typically plan ahead. Pull up the nutrional menu like suggested below and put it into my daily plan. That way I know what to eat for the whole day, and I can make a smart plan. Plus then you don't even need to open the menu when you get there and be tempted by all of the pretty pictures. Make sure if you are going to be drinking you track that as well.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
3/7/13 8:54 A

if the restaurant has an on-line nutritional info page, it may give you an idea of what to expect in their offerings.

Otherwise, you could find something similar to give you an idea of the nutritional info.

nothing will be perfect, though

KCLIME12 SparkPoints: (7,041)
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3/7/13 8:32 A

I would stay away from restaurant salads because they're usually a lot higher in calories and fat than other menu items. Avoid items with words like loaded, smothered, breaded, fried, buttery, creamed, etc. that will ensure those items are bad deal. This link is really good advice, too:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=544


PREPLOGLE5 SparkPoints: (498)
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3/7/13 7:55 A

What should I focus on when eating out with friends. Should I focus on portions or just get a salad. I can't record cause I don't know how many calories I am eating. Thanks for any help.,

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