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3/31/11 9:10 P

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What I would do would be order something you 'know'. Grilled meat like chicken breast plain... don't have them put sauce on it that is wear all the unknowing comes. Many places have steamed veg you can order for a side ask for no butter or butter on the side so you can control it. A baked potato or sweet potato is easy to track but once again get the butter or sour cream on the side to control how much. If you get a salad ask for a light dressing on the side, or go for a vinagerette. Most Italian dressings are similar calorie wise or at least close enough to guess. Stay away from the 'extras' like cheese and croutons or tortilla strips on salads. Write down what you do eat that way you can track it later. Basic things like that are easy to track.

If you don't want to bothered with that or it is a special occasion give your self a pass... but eat very lo-cal and healthy the rest of the day.

Even if you give yourself a pass try to stay away from breading, gravy,cheese, anything fried, cream soups, appetizers, and desserts. Use common sense so you don't 'regret it'.

Matthew 4: 4- Jesus answered; it is written, man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.



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BUMBLEBEE00's Photo BUMBLEBEE00 Posts: 189
2/19/11 11:12 P

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I just usually compare it to a like item on another chains menu. Example would be how i went to tx roadhouse a couple weeks ago. Of course they dont have nutritional info posted because of difficulty to do so, so i looked at the applebees website to see how many calories there burgers and fries were. Well it ended up being over 1300. I just rounded it up to 1500, and did a lot of excercise that week to make up for it. You won't ever get the exact calories to be accurate in your tracker, but it's better than not adding it at all.

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2/16/11 11:45 P

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I eat out every day so I know how you feel. try to order something that doesnt have much sauce or no sauce on it. then add each menu item by itself on here.

for example ask them how much meet is in a hamburger. then put 6 oz ground beef. then put a hamburger bun... restuarants are usually not that bad if you get low calorie sides. like veggies and corn.

just try to peice it together. I try to stick to chains since they mostly have their nutritional info on their website

If you aren't living on the edge then you are taking up to much space.


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MADIECATJEN Posts: 41
1/13/11 4:29 P

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I am having a similar conundrum. I usually only eat out at places that I can find listed nutritional info, or are my fav, so I don't mind for the whole day to be fruit and veg other than that meal (such as Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, etc). Those can be hard to estimate.

However, my husband's family is coming down for a celebratory dinner thing this weekend and of course picked a super fancy (super fatty and salty) french place to eat out at. They have a menu online that is really vague, in french, and supposedly (from Yelp) isn't updated to the menu they actually use. So, I guess Ill starve myself all day Sat and then eat small portions. It will be hard though they are food pushers and will order multiple appetizers and small plates and desserts, and they will act like I am being weird if I don't eat and drink everything they order. They are more than aware of my healthy lifestyle. Of course I am freaking out a little about it. Because its such a nice place and I don't want to have to have a long drawn out convo with the waitstaff in front of the in-laws, I actually emailed the restaurant that I have dietary restrictions and to see if there are any menu items they would suggest. A little over the top perhaps, but his fam comes down every other weekend and always expect me to eat out with them and aren't considerate, so I am hoping if the restaurant writes back that this will at least prepare me ahead of time to make good choices without making their celebratory dinner awkward!

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1/13/11 4:28 P

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I am having a similar conundrum. I usually only eat out at places that I can find listed nutritional info, or are my fav, so I don't mind for the whole day to be fruit and veg other than that meal (such as Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, etc). Those can be hard to estimate.

However, my husband's family is coming down for a celebratory dinner thing this weekend and of course picked a super fancy (super fatty and salty) french place to eat out at. They have a menu online that is really vague, in french, and supposedly (from Yelp) isn't updated to the menu they actually use. So, I guess Ill starve myself all day Sat and then eat small portions. It will be hard though they are food pushers and will order multiple appetizers and small plates and desserts, and they will act like I am being weird if I don't eat and drink everything they order. They are more than aware of my healthy lifestyle. Of course I am freaking out a little about it. Because its such a nice place and I don't want to have to have a long drawn out convo with the waitstaff in front of the in-laws, I actually emailed the restaurant that I have dietary restrictions and to see if there are any menu items they would suggest. A little over the top perhaps, but his fam comes down every other weekend and always expect me to eat out with them and aren't considerate, so I am hoping if the restaurant writes back that this will at least prepare me ahead of time to make good choices without making their celebratory dinner awkward!

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1/12/11 12:20 A

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If I know that I am going to go out to eat before-hand I find out where I am going and try to find a menu online and then I find something I think would be healthy and then google nutrition facts for that meal. I know this doesn't always work because not every restaurant has an online menu and when there is a menu you cannot always find the nutrition facts when you google, but it is worth giving a try. emoticon

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1/11/11 5:31 A

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Like you guys, I just consider it my main meal of the day and I assume it has more calories that it may. I try to make good choices at the restaurant. When I want to put something in the nutrition tracker I estimate the best I can as to what was in the meal, but I always assume it was more cals than the tracker says.

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1/10/11 4:26 P

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I was in the same situation this past weekend. I ate a healthy natural breakfast, then went out to eat to this restaurant which i was not able to find nutrition facts on so i ate a small portion of my lunch, and the rest of the day i ate like fruits and veggies, just in case my meal had alot of calories/sodium/fat which most restaurant do

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1/10/11 2:42 P

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I have noticed that I am unable to find the nutritional information for some of the restaraunts that I eat at someitmes. Like today, I went to Saltgrass Steakhouse for lunch, and I can't figure out how many calories my meal was so that I can track it on my nutritional tracker. What do you do in this instance?

~ Laura ~


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