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It was interesting this past week. We were at the University Med Center and ate in the hospital every day. I really was thinking I was doing terrible. But, when I got home, I found out that I held my own there. The first day I tired to stick to my program but it was so confusing since there was a lot of people. By the end of the week, I decided to just eat moderately. I didn't try to eat "diet." I just tried to make healthful choices. It took a lot of the stress out of eating this week. They had fruit everyday at the training along with danish pastry. My hotel had breakfast in the morning and fresh baked cookies every evening. I did eat the cookies. They also had a light supper in the evening in place of breakfast, but I had plans every night, so didn't eat the light supper at the hotel. But, did eat the cookies. Again, by the end of the week I stopped stressing about what I was eating and was able to stop with one cookie.
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MORE the green book has a section about vacations. Basically she says you have to decide if you want to try to stay on track with your weight loss during vacation or let yourself splurge a bit and accept that you will have to do some work to regroup at the end. (Option three is total splurge which actually won't feel very good.) Don't assume that just because a meal or a place is "all about the food" that that means it has to be unhealthy or you need to overindulge to take advantage of it. I have been constantly amazed that the simplest sounding meals at an excellent restaurant can be just transcendent. Steamed bass with ginger and cilantro at a really good chinese restaurant, for example... heavenly! who knew?!

My approach to vacations has been to allow myself one or two treats a day and otherwise stay on track as much as possible. Vacations also offer opportunities for lots of walking and sometimes other forms of exercise that can offset the extra calories.

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This is a difficult one for me as eating out at fabulous restaurants is part of my lifestyle. Yes, there are some meals out whether at a restaurant or party where it is more about the people than the food. But there is the occassional restaurant meal where it really is all about the food. I have to say, I am not willing to give that up for good. So, how am I going to deal with this?

My plan so far is this:
1. Balance no more than 2-3 meals out a week with great homecooked meals using ingredients fresh from the farmers market.
2. Schedule fabulous food focused meals out sparingly. One fabulous untracked meal every couple of weeks is not going to make a difference in the grand scene of all the meals I eat.
3. Plan in advance as much as possible. Look for online menus. Choose the lighter, healthier options
4. Limit the indulgence to that one meal and no need to treat it like the last supper. Keep on track for the balance of the day.
5. Plan an extra workout to be conscious of the tradeoff.
6. Manage alcoholic drinks. One cocktail. Or one beer. Or one glass of wine. The first one is the most delicious anyway, no need to have more and set myself for failure later.
7. Coffee is a great dessert. Consider if I really need dessert? Wasn't the appetizer and entree satisfyingly delicious enough. Do you really need to go overboard with dessert? Or would you rather be thin and lose the extra weight?
8. Manage the bread. Do you really need a piece before the meal? Certainly don't need more than one...

I wonder if there is another task that deals with vacation. I have a vacation planned in a couple of weeks to Singapore and Bali. And I've heard Singapore is all about the food. I want to make I don't lose all the great habits I've been practising just because I'll be on vacation for 2 weeks.

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Been attending so many work events lately... My trick is to avoid all hors d'oeuvres and alcohol. But I will hold a wine or champagne glass sometimes, just so people stop asking me why I'm not drinking. At sit down meals, I check the set menu and decide what I want to eat - usually I skip the appetizer and dessert courses and opt for the main course which is usually the star anyway. I ask for coffee or tea at dessert, and usually drink a lot of water during the meal. I've been surviving many a meal this way.

I'm still learning not to let other people's opinion detract me though. I get annoyed when people keep asking me to have bread or more of the finger food. I try to be polite and just say no thanks. Still working on the being patient about this part.

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When I eat out, I avoid fried foods and liquids of all sorts, and I get some veggies along with anything else. And I plan extra calories for that meal, reducing them at other meals.

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As much as it scares me to eat out. I know it is part of life. I need be confident that I can be in control even in the midst of temptation. I always have a salad for meals when going out. But I will make several meal plans the other foods to be included. Wish me luck. emoticon

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since I am diabetic I was advice by care personnel to stay away from it. So will to just that. I have never heard smalls amounts are good but to each his or her own.

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GRACE While in general I agree with you about eliminating transfats, I also believe that complete avoidance can sometimes cause more trouble than its worth. That is, small amounts of even the most unhealthy food, once in a while will not harm us, barring an actual allergy.

In this case, however, there are no transfats in the instant oatmeal I use (Spartan brand-plain and cinnamon raisin). There IS more sugar than I would prefer, but still, this is actually a very good travel option especially when I'm staying someplace that doesn't provide breakfast or just has a "continental" aka white carb bar. At home I make the steel cut oatmeal that needs to be presoaked. In a motel that's not an option.



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Girl will avoid the transfats as much as I can. They are of benefit to anyone and they are unnecessary. I for one don;t want it in my food. I only eat 100% whole grain oats. Quick cooking version are less nutritious. manufactures need to keep finding healthier substitutes. Pretty they will be enforcing all goods have labels and rightly so. Other than that they will keep using crap in our foods. Use them for more weight or not.

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They don't put fats in to make the item weigh more. They do it because humans tend to feel more satisfied with some fat (early humans ate a lot of fat because they had to take the concentrated calories where they could get them). Transfats are cheap to process and don't spoil as easily as some others. Now that consumers want to avoid them more, many manufacturers are finding substitutes. Compared to eating way too much food at a hotel breakfast, the instant oatmeal may be the best choice for you right now. Later, you may find you can eat reasonably from a hotel buffet. Our skills can change over time! emoticon

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Heidi I thought that instant oatmeal example blueberries n creme, bananas n creme, strawberries n creme etc. was healthy but I read the label from the box and it has transfats in it. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil or PH peanut oil all bad for you. I ask my mother why would they add such unhealthy stuff to food she told for weight reasons. To make it weigh more. I think that is aweful. I read labels now. I did not always. I thur it in the garbage.

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I travel quite a bit so there are times when I have to eat out for most or all meals. When I can, I like to bring my breakfast with me (fruit and instant oatmeal, which I can make in the hotel room with the coffee/tea maker). It took a long time to shake off that idea that eating out meant I got to "treat" myself to unhealthy foods. books and tv trainers kept saying things like "decide ahead of time what you will have" "look for the healthiest thing on the menu" "ask the server for healthy recommendations" And I would roll my eyes because of course what I wanted to do was puruse the menu for what "looked" the yummiest. Well, as I say, it took a lot of practice and paying attention to how I FELT after eating a plate of fettucini alfredo for dinner after a lunch of grilled cheese and fries.

GRACE is right-- some restaurants should just be avoided altogether. Others, I've found one or two things that I can really enjoy that don't mess up my system while dh has his choice of fried foods/burgers whatever (we go to an Irish pub pretty regularly and in between all their fried and meat-y items is an amazing seafood stew in tomato-broth with barley... it took a long time for that to "look good" to me but once I tried it, its now one of my favorites)

And I LOVE taking leftovers home! That's a whole nuther meal :D



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Revisting this chapter also. previous post I did not mean to gross out anyone but we should know the facts. There is risk with eating out and things do happen. I still wash my hands and sanitize when visiting the restaurant. I really enjoy (well can tolerate) going to the Golden Corral they have a web where you can see what is served and the nutrients a must for me. My hubbie is dying to go to the Beacon ( a place where we used to eat when we were dating) I did not care about cals at 150 pounds. I had no clue about cals and did not count them either. I vowed that I am not going. They serve noting but fried everything!! WILD HORSES could not drag me there! emoticon . Seeing if I can add anything to what I already know about this. Still got notes from read material before.

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A good option. Thanks for telling us about it. emoticon

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We eat out several times each week. I like to use the Spark tools to plan what I'll have in advance.

Dining out restaurant guide http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/sparkd
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Dining out articles for specific cuisines
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My downfall is Mexican food... not exactly the most low-cal of cuisines. I found a good strategy this week. I wanted Mexican but my husband didn't. Instead of going to a Mexican restaurant with bowls of chips, we went to Chili's. I had the Margarita Grilled Chicken (a grilled chicken breast over a reasonable portion of rice and black beans with salsa and tortilla chip crumbles) for 700 calories. This fit in with my 300 calorie breakfast and my 200 calorie lunch. My husband had a burger and everyone was happy. I didn't feel stuffed or have to worry about having blown my day.

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The best thing is when I go with someone who likes to split things. I take pride in not having a doggie bag anymore but also not being stuffed. I'm stronger than I used to be, so I'll take food home rather than finish it, if I have to. And won't even eat it right when I get home! emoticon

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Eating out is not a problem for me with one exception. If we go someplace where nothing healthy sounds good, then I tend to order something that is not healthy.

Reading this day made me realize that I should just say no to going to those restaurants. If I don't know in advance that it isn't a good place for me, I should either leave and find another restaurant or order a simple side salad and say OH WELL and never go back again.

When I have no satisfaction from eating out, I have to be very careful what I eat the rest of the day. I used to feel that I was entitled to a "treat" if I didn't enjoy eating out. But now I will be different.

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I pretty much stick to certain restaurants and certain menu items at those restaurants.
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Ewwww, I really got grossed out by that previous post.
It may be a while before I visit a restaurant again.

I have improved greatly with eating out, paying attention to portion size, selection and slowing down.
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I like eating at chains for that reason too. Being prepared is key!

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ewww! Between that & the ice in the vending machines, I could really cut down on eating out too!

I have been doing much better with this, as I have to attend a lot of functions & often arrive at parties knowing this is my main meal since I'm usually strapped for time. I try to portion off my meal & eat as much veggies & water as I can to fill me up. The internet is such an awesome tool, now that most restaurants place their menus on their websites now... Renee

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Good Job, Do2Heal! I don't think I want to know about the food handlers!

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We don't eat out too much. Since we saw on Tyra Banks and Oprah (when I watched them) how yucky the spoon handled by peps who don't wash their hands after using the toilet...Y'all get the picture. It took the fun out of eating out. But hd and myself do go out to eat some Mondays when the kids go to school. My rituals include bring plenty hand soap along with washing my hands. I could say more but I won't

emoticon emoticon .

Anyway she had a lot of good points that I had not considered before. I was about to think that she left out buffet style of eating but she addressed it. That is we eat out.

Hd says more for your money. I thought that way too. But, too much on the lips means too much on the hips! Having a plan sounds good. This circumstance fits me now. I'd find it too tempting to go too far from my meal plan. I'd rather eat a small amounts earlier then go to the buffet.

Eating cake I don't think so I would not be able to stop. It would be too hard to return to my plan. I will work things out to suit me for now. She said that "it would be unreasonable to say while vacationing I'll eat light". Well I battle diabetes so I would have to stay some where near my range. Everyone is different just like every circumstance. Still learning.. I have made myself some cards to help out. Finally finished this chapter emoticon Eat more exercise more sometimes nada for me.

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we don't eat out much anymore either and since dh has picked his favorite restaraunts, i've found my best choices there.

for new places, my favoriate habit is putting my napkin over my plate when i've had enuf -- i get really embarrased picked at food from underneath it! And it seems the wait staff will pick the dishes up quicker when it's obvious i'm done...

a big thing i've had to get over is throwing food away - one of the notes i wrote down from listening to BDS "it's going to go to waste on my hips or in the trash" and i'd much rather *not* have it on my hips! ;)

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It's good to have the knowledge for when the occassion does arise.

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Just starting this. We/I do not eat out much. So I was almost tempted to skip this but...I will not.

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I agree that this is too big a part of our lives not to learn how to live with it. My mom loves to eat out so I've learned to either order a lite meal or eat half of it and take leftovers home to hubby. Sometimes I only have 2 meals that day so it evens out, but I definitely look over the menu to try to find the lighter selections -- no sauces or gravies.

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I hear you.

Preparation and practice are key for me. Reminding myself to plan ahead... that is give some thought to what I plan to eat as opposed to relying on spontaneous behavior. Planning without obsessing helps me feel in control of the situation.

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I have to say I don't eat out that often but figuring out happy making guidelines for special meals out at restaurants and family get2gethers was a huge thing I dealt with...

i spent a lot of years either trying to follow my *diet* and it's rules or eating with complete abandon like it was my own personal feast trying to order up the biggest possible meal...

neither was good and both made me feel bad.

so, i really had to find something that works for me emotionally and i came to a different approach than what Beck suggests, although it is similar in some ways and i agree with some things she says... & I hope this doesn't discourage anyone else from trying what Beck suggests...

What she says that I do really like is a lot like my approach to finding happy making guidlines for eating for me...

for example, she says: "It's important for you to fully engage in life and to enjoy going to restaurants, parties, celebrations, special holiday feasts, and other people's houses for meals. You just need to develop helpful attitudes and have a plan of action."

For me, that was deciding that it's ok to indulge in some of my favorite foods but not stuff myself. Then push the plate back and enjoy visiting with the people ~ which is the real reason for the get2gether... It's not the food, it's the people.

So indulging in some for me means a nice serving of what I want. I don't count the calories and I just go back to my regular routine the next meal or snack...

I try to minimize some calories... like having dressing served on the side and using a little instead of having it served with it slathered all over...

speaking of slather, i don't slather my bread with butter any more ~ can we have a little bread with that real butter??? or a little pie with that ice cream or whipped cream??? I used to really heap it on... so now I focus on taking a serving... or sampling a few things equal to a serving...

it was a compromise... and sometimes i don't do so hot and i go back to my old thinking, but i keep coming back to this strategy for me...

so it doesn't trigger days of bingeing or later that night after I get home or the next day out of rebellion...



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You'll be strong, Mazzy!! It's smart to plan to eat some. Maybe try to start putting food away while people are there? Enjoy!!

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Quoting Dr. Beck:

"Sticking to your diet every time you eat out or while celebrating is a skill that requires preparation and practice."

"Once I start preparing myself in advance for eating out, dieting will be easier."

I've read these quotes over and over again, preparation and practice are key.

I'm going out to dinner with friends tomorrow night. I'm feeling good about this restaurant challenge, however, we'll be coming back to my house to bring in the New Year. I'll be serving some favorite desserts and will need to be very careful about over indulging. I'll plan to have a very small serving, but again will need to be careful when everyone leaves.

I love the new feeling of control when eating out, and all the advantages of losing weight when I eat right. I need to remember this when I'm faced with temptations.

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12/18/07 6:56 P

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I always felt that eating out was a "special treat" and an opportunity to over-indulge. Although now people eat out alot more, they are still over-indulging! I think when we get the mindset that being out is special enough and we don't have to gorge ourselves, it'll be better!

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This is my biggest challenge and the main reason I believe I gained most of my weight. Over the past 10 years I have begun to eat a lot of fast food (pizza, hamburgers) and the sky was the limit on what I would eat when we go out to eat on the weekend. This will take much practice to chose the healthy or lower calorie items on the menu. The high calorie fast food and restaurant food must be very addictive...I am convinced.

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Quoting Dr. Beck:

"Sticking to your diet every time you eat out or while celebrating is a skill that requires preparation and practice."

"Once I start preparing myself in advance for eating out, dieting will be easier."

These are very good reminders. Tonight I have dinner plans out. I'm planning ahead by choosing to eat 2 very light meals in preparation of eating OFF my planned menu. I'm willing to take the time to plan in advance what and how much I going to eat tonight... keeping in mind my goal to lose weight. And, I'm willing to immediately get back on track after dinner.

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It's a good idea to wait a few weeks until that Resistance Muscle is really strong! Good Job!

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Stay in Control When Eating Out

Plan to Eat Out... my very favorite activity.

I'm able to maintain weight when eating out, however, these days I don't have the confidence I'll lose if I do.

There was a time in my life when I felt confident that I could adjust my diet to accommodate eating out and still lose. I remember feeling so good about losing weight and not feeling deprived.

I'm planning to give myself two weeks of eating at home unless I truly start to feel confident that I can get what I planned to eat for that meal in a restaurant.

This challenge is a very hard one for me, but I know with time and success my confidence will come back.

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It is really amazing how many calories are in some foods that you think are "healthy"; like some of the salads at restaurants. I guess maybe because of the portions. It is good to check on-line before you go out so you can be prepared. I didn't know that Fridays had healthy portion meals; have to check them out.

Good Job, Mary!!

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Hi,
I ate out last Saturday night and I found a healthy portion meal on the menu at Fridays it was really good. It was fettucine with summer vegetables and tomatoes and a thin grilled chicken breast. No cheese no bread, just a regular size plate.
It was so good and I was satisfied.
I have been going online to the restaurant sites and looking for nutrition links, some have calories listed. I know what to stay away from.
Mary

 
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Eating out is not difficult for me as these days restaurants have healthy choices.

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I know the thing that helps me alot with eating out is planning beforehand what I'm going to eat. If it's a chain restaurant you can check out the menu online and see if you can find nutritional info. If not, you can find something close to what you want to eat. Plan out how much bread you'll eat and if you love dessert, just order a salad or something lite. Most restaurants are used to people with dietary needs and will be accommodating to your wishes. We just have to remember that we are worth taking the time and it's not inconveniencing anyone to ask for dressing on the side or to remove a sauce. Most meals are ok if you just eat half and take the rest home for lunch the next day, or for your hubby (mine loves that!).

I know we all have great eating out stories, let's share some!

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Is this an excuse to overeat? How do you order wisely? How do you handle eating out?

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