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CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (75,761)
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8/22/12 8:09 A

Eat slowly, savor the food and the conversation. Order your own food rather than sharing appetizers and entrees with everyone. You'll have more control over what you eat if you do that. There are lots of great articles here on Spark to help you make healthy choices when you're out to eat. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
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NIRERIN Posts: 11,906
8/22/12 7:41 A

only eat half your entree. half your entree means half the calories.

to some degree, people really don't care what you eat. i had friends come in to town and they planned on eating out at our favorite diner for dinner. problem was they told me 10 minutes before getting there, just as i was finishing my dinner. so i headed over, had pie and coffee as they had their full meals and enjoyed the conversation. they confirmed that that is all i wanted and that was the end of it.

find a balance between what you want and what is better for you. in other words, if there is a broth soup and plain salad that's really low cal, but you don't like it because you usually have the giant plate-o-deep-fried -everything, try a fried fish sandwich as a middle ground have salad instead of fries some of the time. in other words, don't use the healthiest thing you can find on the menu, simply try to find something that more easily fits into your ranges than what you would have ordered before.

also, set some calorie and financial limits if you need to. you don't have to accept every invitation that comes your way. and if you know some people ask you first, but others wait til the last minute, rotate out your declines. and also take the offensive. ask other people to restaurants that fit your food and dollar budgets or simply invite people over and cook for them. if you want to take the focus off of food you could do it as a game night, perhaps with themed food [curry, high tea, sandwich pinwheels, soup, build your own pizza/taco/baked potato] and advertised as not a whole meal [in other words, we'll be playing games and there will be things to munch on on the side, not specifically a full multicourse dinner and games]. that way you can hang out and more easily stay within your limits.


NFLATTE SparkPoints: (199,203)
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8/21/12 11:29 P

Yes...Plan ahead when you can...Make the time...

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,014)
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8/21/12 10:17 P

Plan ahead. When you know you're going somewhere, look at the menu, and determine what you want AHEAD of time. Avoid appetizer shares, and watch the drinks... they can really add up quickly.

If you know what you're doing, it's easier than when you go in starving and distracted.

JULIONE85 SparkPoints: (3,774)
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8/21/12 9:48 P

I am realizing so much from tracking my food, not just about how many calories I'm eating, but also about how often I eat, and especially how often I eat out. I've been doing a lot of socializing lately, which is great, but every time I hang out with friends or family I eat way too much! How do other people deal with this? I don't want to be rude when everyone else is eating (and, let's face it, my self control just isn't that strong). I'd love to cut down on how much I eat and how much money I spend on eating out, but I don't want to stop hanging out with my friends. How do you find that balance??

Thanks everyone for being awesome!

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