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BRAVELUTE
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8/3/13 1:35 P

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I find that when I go out to eat at a restaurant, it throws my sodium off. But just as important, I don't reach my goals for fruits, vegetables, and fiber. Most salads at restaurants around here are a cup, maybe 2 of a green. Then 1 slice of onion pulled apart into rings, 1 slice of tomato. Then whatever animal protein you've ordered.

No fruit. And I figure the salad gives me one serving of veg.If I add a potato, whether fried or baked with toppings, my calories are gone, usually for the whole day,

An option of throwing on some chickpeas or edamame would be nice.

Or some steamed veg like green beans, carrots, broccoli/cauliflower, or even some fruit like orange slices, banana, apple, or berries and sliced raw almond, walnuts, or cashews or seeds would go a long way toward providing a healthy option for diners.

If I were younger, I'd start a restaurant where you pick a certain # of items from 3 columns:

Column 1 The base of your dish:
baked grains: rice, quinoa, oats, pasta
Greens: spinach, chopped kale, mixed greens

Column 2: Fruit/Veg add ons
Fresh fruit Salad
Fresh Veg. salad
Veg. stir fry
Tomato/veg sauce

Column 3: Protein topping
chopped nuts or seeds
legumes
soy/grain product
animal product: egg, cheese, meat/fish

Column 4: flavorings
balsamic glaze
choice of oils, vinegars, juices, etc.


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6/25/09 6:12 P

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That sounds delicious! I had salad and sweet potato (and chicken and some veggies) for dinner tonight.

I've never been a person who went out for lunch, but this week I went out TWICE! Was working with a co-worker who's a great guy, but isn't a big healthy lunch kind of person.

Monday: Five guys burger and some fries.

Wednesday: gyro and some fries.

Each day I had to have a tiny dinner to keep from going over calories. I estimated Wednesday's lunch at just over 1,000 calories!



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6/24/09 5:04 P

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I went to lunch today. I had a salad and a sweet potato.


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6/22/09 9:27 P

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I agree w/ Rosafus, they'll be another opportunity like dinner to make healthier choices. I am a "frygirl" from way back, but I notice now, I don't enjoy them nearly as much, and only now am more prone to make substitutions, which is huge. At least you are aware of the selections.


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6/21/09 6:02 P

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NO STAYING IN TODAY AND EVERYDAY. CHEAPER TO MAKE IT YOURSELF THEN TO BUY OUT.

LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST!!!
PRAYING IS GOOD!!!
GOD IS GOOD!!! :-)


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6/21/09 9:39 A

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going out for Father day.
I will post what I had tonight

I am in TOPS just ask me about it !
Leslie Central time Persistence is more rewarding than perfectionism!


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ROSAFUS
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6/21/09 9:24 A

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Great advice Lori, its a speedbump, so now its time to move on.



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6/21/09 9:14 A

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Agreed. I'm glad you enjoyed your lunch.

The most important thing about maintaining a healthy weight IMHO is when something happens to derail you you can't let it ruin your whole plan and you can't let it serve as an excuse.

Mess up? It happens. What's important is that you get right back on track and move on.



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6/20/09 7:57 P

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An occasional treat is ok, if you completely deprive yourself, then you would be setting yourself up to fail. Enjoy the time you had with your friends & move forward!

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6/20/09 5:10 P

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Hey, plan to have days where you enjoy the food that is not the best for you and balance out the fat grams and calories and you never break pace. Where the unplanned occurs it is serendipity!



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6/20/09 2:24 P

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Dont be too hard on yourself, there will be other times, great job on recognizing, and glad you had a fun time with friends.
Rosa



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6/20/09 2:18 P

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Today I met up with a few friends for lunch. It is a beautiful day and we decided to eat outside. Since it was so windy we quickly moved inside. Instead of leaning towards a healthy choice (there were not many at this place)I went for my usual chicken fingers and fries. It was like I could smell the yummy fries cooking and all my good intention to eat healthier went out the window.



 
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