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MISSRUTH
Posts: 3,298
3/28/13 9:19 A

If I know in advance where we're going to eat, I'll look online at the restaurant's website for nutrition information. If not... I'll look at the menu for a "lighter fare" section; low cal or low carb or low fat. Lots of chain restaurants now have at least a few things available. Personally, I wish it was a law (because I can't imagine they'd ever voluntarily do it) that all restaurants had to post calorie/carbs/fat/protein listings on their menus, for every single item they offer.

And if that doesn't help.... my basic "never fail" choice is a grilled chicken salad. Dressing (if any) on the side. Watch the cheese and croutons and extra bread they like to pair with it. I always drink just water with my meals anyway.



DANAKA4
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3/28/13 8:26 A

Having my salad dressing on the side and if there is a grilled,item little or no butter.



AREEJ_R
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3/28/13 2:05 A

having water as a beverage



AREEJ_R
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3/28/13 2:05 A

checking the menu if there is part for the low fat or diet meals

it depends on what i will order i am asking them to make an adjustment

replace the white pasta/rice/bread with whole wheat
no mayo
for the salad the sauce to be on side in separate dish
grilled instead of fried
steam veggies instead of fries or mash potato




JENSTRESS
Posts: 940
3/27/13 10:21 A

Usually I do a bit of research on the menu, check the calorie content on line if it is available. If not, I know what meats are lean, and what typically is a healthier side dish. I also, if I know I am eating out, try to reserve calories for the meal. I have a few small meals instead of large ones and keep the calories high for dinner. It usually turns out okay. I just try to use my head and make sure that I am not making a poor choice. Also, I try to limit going out to eat as a treat now. That way if I go a little over, it won't ruin me, because it isn't daily.



PAMLICO-DAZE
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3/27/13 9:28 A

Steamed veggies with steamed fish or peel and eat shrimps



CILER11
Posts: 265
3/27/13 9:28 A

I use my smart phone to research calories if it is a chain restaurant. If not I order a salad with grilled chicken, dressing on the side. Or I order grilled chicken and veggies if they have it. You can also ask for the cheese and/or croutons to be on the side or left off.



SUNSHINE6442
Posts: 1,757
3/27/13 9:13 A

A small House salad with vinegar and oil dressing, a cup of veggie soup if they have homemade vegtable soup, minestone or lentil.

I choose a filet mignon, sirloin steak, shrimp scampi, musslels in marinara sauce. Some times a pork chop which is about 200 calories broiled or baked. A sweet potato and brocolli or the vegtable of the day. Actually any kind of fish is good that is baked or broiled. A mushroom burger is also good...so juicy.

I skip any kind on bread, crackers, etc. and I skip desert as well.

If I do Chinese, I have a cup of wonton or egg drop and stick with the beef and broccoli with no MSG and a cup of brown rice...no fried or white rice. Sometimes all I want is the Garlic Green Beans. Keeps me on track with calories and carbs staying with these choices.

If I am in a Japanese or Thai restaurant I have their clear broth soup, the house salad, a chicken or sirloin stir-fry and a cup of brown rice.




DIDS70
Posts: 5,070
3/27/13 8:50 A

You plan ahead.
Don't be afraid to ask for something. (my lifestyle I don't eat cooked food. Restaurants usually have salads. I ask them to make me something-- cut up veggies, extra fruit or veggies on a salad. If not, I do the best I can)
Ask them not to add the extra butter on the meat. They do that so it looks pretty when they bring it to the table.
Ask them to grill the meat with no butter or oil.
Ask for sauces on the side
ask for dressings on the side
maybe once you get your plate ask for a take home container. Put half the meal in the container and eat the other half
chew your food. Take the time to chew.
Put your fork and knife down between bites
Maybe have an apple or small bowl of soup at home
If there is a breadbasket or nacho basket, take one piece or nothing and ask them to remove it. If your partner/friend isn't on a healthy kick, ask them to take from the basket and then would they mind removing it from the table.

The biggest thing-- don't be afraid to ask. Many restaurants are cognizant that people are eating healthier and many are willing to help out.





PATTIANN10
Posts: 41
3/27/13 8:15 A

I watched a SparkCoach video today about eating healthy when dining out. I want to know what my fellow Sparker members do to eat healthy when they are in a restaurant?



 
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