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5/15/13 9:50 P

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When the item is not made the way you ordered it and you have to get 10-12 napkins to wipe off the extra mayo or dressing. or after eating it you find out all the crap that was in the dressing.

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4/15/13 1:33 P

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They should make it easier to make healthy choices. I went out for lunch with my dad, he got the burger smothered in cheese and steak fries, I got a wrap and when I asked or a side salad instead of fries she had to make a big deal out of " most servers won't do that for you". What's the big deal? I got the salad but she didn't put the dressing on the side so it was drenched so I couldn't eat most of it.

Substituting salad for fries should be an option everywhere. Just sayin. emoticon

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1/17/13 10:33 A

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Those are great ideas Jpence! I will have to incorporate those since sometimes I usually save my hunger for going out as a special event and then I end up eating way too much. What a great way to not go overboard. I will definitely do that next time we go out to eat. Thanks!

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1/16/13 2:13 P

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One of things I started doing when date night rolls around, I look at the menu beforehand to decide on what I want, that way I can order as soon as I get to the restaurant. Then before I leave, I drink a glass of water and snack on a few carrots or celery sticks, that helps take the edge off. I feel like when I'm well prepared to go out, I can handle all the temptations better and I won't be caught of guard.

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1/15/13 11:27 A

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Love your idea to stop eating when you are full. This is a perfect way to eat out. Get up and leave when you are done. If you are with friends and have to wait get next to your best friend WATER. emoticon

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9/14/12 1:41 A

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iSome places don't include the extras so if you have 2 tsp of dressing or avacado the calorie count is even higher. i assume when i eat out it will be no where as healthy as when i make it myself. i just try to be mindful of portion sizes and stop eating when i am full. leftovers make it seem like a better buy.

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8/27/12 3:59 P

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It's not easy. I know that for me there is a certain self-consciousness associated with food choices. If I am going out with heavy friends, then to make a fuss about healthy food choices sounds like I'm "showing off" that I'm trying to get healthier. If I'm going out with skinny friends (who are often just as bad about their restaurant choices), then making a fuss about healthy food choices feels like I'm setting myself up for expectations that I might not meet in the immediate future. It's often easier to go along than to trigger that self-consciousness.

I am fortunate enough to live in Cleveland, Ohio (I know that seems like a weird thing to say, but it's true!), which has become a mecca for foodies and has a big locavore movement going on, so it's pretty easy to steer my friends away from bad chains and toward some really good local places with a lot of menu variety and plenty of fresh ingredients.

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8/27/12 9:29 A

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thank you missg for the support and "standing up" with me. You are right. I should have said ew...no thanks you might as well take me to a doughnut shop LOL

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8/27/12 9:25 A

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Lynn, sometimes we end up in restaurants with only bad choices because we are unwilling to exercise the same level of determination that our friends do. If they say, "ew, no!" to restaurants that we want to go to, then we should have the right to say, "ew, no!" to the restaurants they choose. But we are often self-conscious about making those calls for ourselves because we've been taught to be accommodating. Stand up against crap food!!

And I will do the same, because I'm just as bad at it.

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I am fed up with up with eating out.... I can handle my choices at home but when I meet someone for 'lunch' my choices are limited and I have found that eating organically and there are some places to eat organically in town but my friends never want to go to them. SO when I eat I am putting crap into my body, no matter what the selection... and I end up feeling aweful and my mental health is effected, my body bloats, etc. I wish this country had better control over how its foods are processed... and that rest. would buy better quality so that eating out was not so horrific.


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8/7/12 5:28 A

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Did someone say that restaurants are a minefield? Amen to that. I went with my daughter to Olive Garden. I didn't know we were going to go there so I wasn't able to plan in advance. Long story short I went WAY over my calories for the day. I only had breakfast and dinner. I ate so much at OG that I was stuffed! lol The really bad thing about what I ordered was the sodium! I had well over 3 times my range of sodium for the day. Yes ladies and gentlemen, it was 7000+!!! For those of you who read my blog about that, I drank 19 glasses of water that day to try to combat the water retention.

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8/1/12 12:12 P

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Well said, Miss G!



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Man sacrifices his health in order to make money.

Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;

The result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
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8/1/12 10:28 A

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I think it's possible, though, to get way too over-obsessed about the calorie count of a single meal. As long as eating out doesn't become an excuse for pigging out, or too much of a habit, then making decent choices and a guess is okay once in a while. Too much obsession over these things can take the joy out of life and lead to backsliding.

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It is so difficult to eat out and stay healthy. Today, I am meeting my sister's at a little locally owned restaurant that is our favorite for lunch. There is no nutritional info to be had as everything is handmade. I thought i would have a salad and maybe some broth based soup but i am nervous knowing there is no way to track my calorie intake.

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7/27/12 11:36 P

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I'll definitely be more diligent about checking my food options before going out from now on. I've certainly learned my lesson about unhealthy salads.

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7/27/12 10:04 P

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Eating out & eating healthy is hard. I do my best to eat healthy but know that it is more than likely going to be a cheat day calorie wise & financially! so I try to really limit it. I need to limit my calorie intake & keep my money! :)

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Restaurants are definitely a minefield. I do try to use my smart phone to pull up calorie information before ordering, but it's not always possible.

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7/27/12 10:29 A

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I so agree with your posts! I remember in the 80's when the salad bars all became the craze and we would go to lunch and get these huge salads thinking we were eating so healthy and low-cal, then there was a study that showed the average salads consisted of about just what you described -1000-1600 calories.

I have a favorite frozen yogurt place I go to at lunchtime about 2-3 times per week after I eat a low-cal meal. All this time I thought I was ingesting about 200 calories with my frozen yogurt (so much better for you than ice cream - right?) and then I finally asked them for the nutrition information. The girl really gave me attitude but I finally was able to see that it is 220 calories for 1/2 cup. All this time I was probably getting 1 to 1 1/2 cups of frozen yogurt and eating about 400-500 calories on top of my lunch! (Reminded me a Seinfeld episode - LOL)


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7/27/12 9:41 A

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Oh yea, those salads can be terrible...oddly enough!

It bothers me the most when you get 'a LOOK' when you ask for nutritional information...I have gotten the LOOK from a few people that seem to say ....'Look at you, you obviously don't count calories!', and then they huff and puff around either looking for the info, or get huffy waiting on me to read it and place my order. Needless to say, we don't go to those places any more.

We started limiting our eating out places to just a few of our favorites and I always make myself a pain in the butt by requesting different things and asking lots of questions...but I make sure I tip well!

Some places have a nutrition menu and some will have info online. SP also has a smartphone app. If I order a salad, I only eat a little of the toppings, dressing on the side and when I track it, I just track each ingredient. I'm not 100% sure, but some places include the dressing on the calorie count on their nutritional info, so I usually just track each ingredient.

No matter where we go, I always request a to go box as soon as they bring the food out.
For places that I can't find nutrition info (like hibachi), I just try to eat basic portions, half of my tuna and try to keep the rice or noodles at a half cup. That along with the veggies usually fills me up anyways!


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Man sacrifices his health in order to make money.

Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.

And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;

The result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
~The Dalai Lama


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7/27/12 8:09 A

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I know what you mean! Sometimes salads are the WORST thing to get. My dad loves to take me and my husband out to Uno Chicago Grill a lot. The best thing to order there is a STEAK! Which is great because I love steak. =) So I get their 6 oz. steak with farro salad and steamed veggies for less than 600 calories, and I can eat the whole thing.

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7/27/12 7:45 A

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I felt so strongly about this I just had to share. My boyfriend wanted to go out to eat last night and his favorite place is IHOP. I'd already made up my mind I would just get a salad. Usually when i go out to eat I'll check something like myfitnesspal to make sure what I order is within my calorie budget for the day.. But this time I didn't. All I thought was, a salad can't be that bad. I ordered the Chicken and Spinach salad. It typically comes with fried chicken, so I substituted grilled chicken and had the balsamic dressing on the side. The salad was huge, and I could only eat half of it. Which was good, I'd have something for lunch today. When we got home I became curious as to just how many calories the salad had. The salad actually had 1600 calories. How is that even possible? By reading further, the fried chicken, bacon, and hard boiled egg (thank God they forgot the bacon and egg on mine) make the salad have almost 3 times as many calories as a big mac. I was absolutely appalled and angry. Here I am trying to do the right thing and order a salad, and if I hadn't been so conscious about what went on it, I could have ingested 1600 calories in one meal!

What sort of things have you encountered that bother when you eat out?

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