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10/15/12 7:57 P

Hi, most chain resturants are listed with just type in the resturant and find the calories,fat, carbs, Some offer nutritional information on their site, such as Longhorn Streakhouse. I like to browse the online menu first, check calories, then choose what I'm going to order. I'm sure be the first person to order as not to be influenced by my friends/family. I don't go out to eat often, about once a month, but want to make a healthy choice without ordering only a salad.

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10/15/12 7:49 P

I have compiled a list of every restaurant that I go to and what I order at each. It took some time, but I used the "group" food option and labeled them with the restaurant

Example : Zach's Sports Bar
3oz top sirloin
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 oz provolone cheese
2 tablespoons french dressing

If it is not a chain restaurant, then I break it down by individual ingredient. I have a list of "safe" foods that i know will always work in my plan. Like a sirloin steak and steamed veggies.

I also do this with chains. I find it makes going out to eat a lot easier and enjoyable

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10/15/12 6:43 P

Thanks! This advice seems to make a lot of sense!

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10/15/12 5:06 P

I have problems when eating out too...I'm guessing that the longer I'm at this, the easier it will get. In the meantime, I try to make the best choices I can and if I don't do so well, I don't beat myself up about it.

We're only human!!

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10/15/12 4:28 P

Guessing is better than nothing. I take a best guess at the main ingredients, eyeball the portion size (then add 30% into my spark tracker), add a couple Tbsp of olive oil in the tracker, then go on with life. My reasoning is that there is usually hidden sugar/fat/salt in restaurant food, so by adding oil and increasing portion size in the tracker I'm probably accounting for most of that.

It aint precise, but a good guess is better than not accounting at all.

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10/15/12 4:02 P

Hello! I've pretty well mastered tracking my nutrition while eating at home...the recipe calculator is pretty much the best invention ever for helping with this. What I have a really hard time with is tracking when I eat out. I end up getting discouraged, and then just don't account for that meal. Any suggestions anyone has are most appreciated. Thanks much!

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