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How I Stay On Track When I Dine Out At A Restaurant...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A couple SparkBuddies remarked about my self discipline on not eating dressing and only eating 1/4 of a dry breadstick on my last blog.

This is how it works for me...

Plan A: If I know where we are eating ahead of time, I look up their menu ahead of time and then figure out the low calorie options (and also something I would like). If it is a big chain restaurant, it's extra easy because they have the calories listed too.
I pick the meal before I go out and add it to my SparkPeople app in my iPhone.

Plan B: If I don't know where we are going until we get there, I pull out my app and compare meal calories and then decide. If I am at a big chain restaurant, I use my iPhone to go online to their site and compare then enter it in my Sparktracker. Warning: this can prove to be quite annoying to other people at my table who don't want to know!!

Most important: I keep my tracker out on the table next to me. Anything else I decide to eat gets added before I eat or drink it. This holds me accountable, especially when out with friends socializing!! If I decide I want a dry breadstick, I check it's calories in the tracker first and look at my total eaten so far. That's why it is so easy for me to stop and eat 1/4 of one! The same goes for salad dressing. I find that salads served at restaurants don't need dressing. They are usually mixed with fresh, tasty vegetables or seafood. I don't want to lose that taste!

Hope this helps!!

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    1357 days ago
    Awesome! But, if it tastes good I will eat it. I do manage to only dip my fork in dressings I really like and eat msot salads plain, but a few bites with forked dressing. I know I am not as disciplined as you! Congrats!
    1362 days ago
    Good ideas! I ask myself do I really want that on my tracker?
    1363 days ago
    Thanks for sharing how you do it. So happy for you have been able to learnn what you need to do to be successful when you go out. Well done.

    1363 days ago
  • KIMPY225
    I do this same thing! I try to figure out what I am getting before I go there. If I can't decide, I keep my phone out too! I get frustrated when I can't find something similar to what I am eating on the tracker!

    keep up the great work!
    1363 days ago
    That's why I love my smart phone, and that's usually what keeps me on track as well.
    1363 days ago
    thanks for the info!! great to know...
    I try to do the same, but I end up scoffing... and then just holding myself accountable to work off the extra calories... funny how my weight is stagnant.. haha
    1363 days ago
    I completely agree about salad dressing. I use so little of it now, because throwing other flavors in -- especially with at least one moist ingredient -- usually makes it unnecessary.

    (Having said that, my stepdaughter gave me a fantastically light blush wine vinagrette that is fantastic, and a very little on some baby spinach is quick & awesome. :) )

    Another great resource for restaurant menu nutrition info:
    (It also provides weight watchers point values for people who track them.)

    1363 days ago
    If only I could afford a smart phone, the proper tech makes these things easier.
    However looking it up ahead of time where possible really does help.
    1363 days ago
  • STODD251
    This is one of the reasons I am strongly considering getting a smart phone.
    1363 days ago
  • JENAE954
    Eating out can be a challenge.
    I usually go on line to check out the menu ahead of time.
    Have been known to call the restaurant and ask if they have steamed veggies and dry grilled proteins and even salads.
    That way I have made up my mind before going out to eat.
    Another thing that helps me is I don't even open the menu.
    No temptations there.
    1363 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    It's so great when you can find the calorie counts on-line - it does help you make better choices. Sometimes it's frightening how many calories are in a seemingly healthy meal emoticon

    I did the same on a recent brunch to Egg Harbor Cafe and to my dismay, found that their menu options were so calorie heavy that I probably will never go there again. I had a small cup of soup and a salad...I can think of much better ways to enjoy lunch out with a friend! emoticon
    1363 days ago
    I make sure I drink a fairly decent amount of water about 30 minutes before I eat, if at a restaurant etc. It really does cut down on the hunger feeling and tricks your mind into feeling fuller, so you eat less.
    1363 days ago
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