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85 Tips & Strategies for Dining Out

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  • I am to the point that I ask how much of this or that is in the item I want to order. Once in a group, a comment was made to the waitress that we get picky as we get older. I replied I wasn't picky. I was taking responsibility for my health because no one else is doing it. So if asking questions is what it takes as part of that, then I will do it My choices, my body. I may have been abit touchy about the crack but not pickly!
  • Always good to have a plan if you can going out.
  • When possible I always look up the menu before going to a restaurant. It helps me make my choices ahead of time and I get to the restaurant in a better frame of mind.
  • I agree with the comment about asking to replace butter with another spread. Margarine is a transfer and definitely not preferable to butter. A better option would be to use butter in moderation. If I am served margarine in a restaurant, I simply eat my bread without anything rather than knowingly eat transfat. (I know restaurants use transfats and I can't totally avoid them when I am eating out.) Good bread is good without it.
    Goid tips and reminders.
    One tip not mentioned is to order a to go box before meal arrives. So when meal arrives half goes in the box before I start eating.
    I have a fear of restaurants I've never had before, this article helps.
  • This seems very stressful. Honestly, the article has an overall negative tone that is not parallel with what SparkPeople stands for. Sure, some of these suggestions are helpful, like not overeating and making nutricious selections, but I think this one definitely needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Also, one thing that really gets me about Sparkpeople articles are the tacky phrases and not-so-clever puns. It's a little lame. 😂
  • Ate mexican last night. Hubby and I share meals. Had chicken fajitas, veggies and meat only and hubby had the extras, rice, sour cream and cheese. I ate a usual portion- 4 oz chicken, 1 cup peppers and onions, 2 tbsp oil for cooking. Delicious and maintained program integrity.
  • This article is rather out-dated.
  • I don't dine out very much, but this article makes me not to ever again. And since when is margarine an acceptable substitute for butter? This is one where I must take whatever good/helpful information I find and dump the rest. If I'm treating myself to a meal out, which-again-is not very often, then I'm going to enjoy myself...and fruit as a side and/or dessert doesn't really scream "joy" for me.
  • Had grilled chicken and baked potato at Flanagan's yesterday. Skipped the creamy chowder soup and garlic rolls.
  • Always a good idea to work on keeping calories within reason when eating out. However, unless you eat out all of the time, why not allow yourself to splurge every now and then? Eating out does not have to be such a stressful event. And after a wonderful meal out it's right back on track, moving on with my life.

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