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8/18/11 1:37 A

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When eating at families houses for suppers. I will casually ask what we are having for a meal. I will also offer to bring a salad.. that I prepared. I also try to have a little bit of a heavier lunch or an apple before going for supper. This cuts your calories and makes you less hungry.

When eating out, eat half of the meal. Ask for a container right away and pack half away. This does work. Also if you are eating hot food. It will bring your metabolism up. Have you're treat for the week and get in more exercise then normal. This could be walking around the block twice. Every bit counts. Ask what is in the ingredients and go from there. You can always call the restaurant a head of time and pick your meal... and ask questions. I hope this helps with tracking your food intake for the day. Take care.



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8/11/11 3:21 P

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Very true, Barbara!

And remember - if we are eating well 80% of the time, that's pretty healthy!

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8/11/11 8:18 A

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Welcome!!! WHen we go out to eat, if I order something with a sauce, I always ask if it can be on the side, so I can be the "boss". It really saves on the calories/fat.

Barbara .....that's what my friends call me! Never cared for the name Barb.

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8/10/11 9:50 P

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8/10/11 5:34 P

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Thanks guys, I guess I feel better knowing that I'm not the only one going on a guess. I'll guesstimate last night's meal as best I can. Oh boy! This ought to bring my calorie and fat count wayyy up. I WOULD have reset the counter (only have 2 days counted) had I known how... but I think a quick guess is better. Next time I'm going to go to a larger restaurant that's has online menus rather than a little hole in the wall restaurant (that has awesome food by the way.. darn it!)

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8/10/11 5:08 P

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Also, you'd be surprised how much is already in the Nutrition Tracker. If you can't find the Exact, I'd just pick something that sounds really close to it. And nowadays, most restaurants can provide you with at least calorie counts. Don't know about smaller restaurants?!

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8/10/11 2:36 P

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Good questions!
If I'm at my mother-in-law's or mother's, I usually estimate as well as I can - if they does pasta, or something else I know is in the food tracker, I measure it out (I'm not shy!), and then jot it down quickly so I can log it when I get home. I try and pick healthier choices, so at least I get nutrition, even if I go over with calories (lean meats with no sauce, veggies instead of chips with the dip, salad, no bread when I already have a starch, etc.). If she does a recipe I myself have, I either already have it in my tracker, or I add it.

With restaurants, we try to avoid them as much as possible, but we can't always do that. I check on line if I know I will be going out - that way I can pick a lower calorie entree. I often split my dinner in two, one for then, and one for lunch or dinner the next day. That way, I am cutting calories easily, as the portions are always so huge. If that is not possible, I just enjoy myself, and track well the next day! We usually don't buy desserts at restaurants, though, and might pick up a small treat on the way home or something instead (that I know how to track - like a fudgesicle).

cj

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8/10/11 12:32 P

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During the weekends, we as a family often eat out or we go to eat at families home. What do you all do when recording these in the nutrition counter?

Last night, husband didn't feel like cooking, yes he does all the cooking since I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, and besides, his food tastes so much better :) , so we went to eat at an indian restaurant. You know, butter chicken, rice, veggie korma, and all other kinds of goodies. I have no idea what goes in these types of foods, but I do know it's not "diet friendly" with all those creamy sauces.

I'm so new to all spark'ing so I figured maybe someone here can guide me.

Thank you and God Bless

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