Be careful with bringing outside food into restaurants or eateries, there are health department (and profit) concerns regarding that. A possible way to help with the chips is also to count out a set number onto your napkin and then have only that amount. Break them into smaller pieces and eat them slowly.
As to your first, very good to remember. Also, just the type of restaurant can help you with ideas of what to have before you go. If you know you're going out to Italian, you know that minestrone soup, tomato-based pastas, and salads with dressing on the side are all good choices to make, etc.
Great job making better choices even when the circumstances aren't ideal.
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