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Order Fruit or salad instead of fries

When things get busy during the week and it gets really late before we can eat, fast food is always the final meal of the day. Most fast food joints have fruit options or salads as side items now, so I always order that instead of french fries to keep 400 calories off my menu.

- Submitted by GNISULA 1/24/2013 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Eat more S-L-O-W-L-Y tip

here's my favorite secret weapon . . . use chopsticks. works particularly well with spaghetti and other 'challenging' foods.

- Submitted by ZIPPERGIRL_ 8/12/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Evernote to the Rescue

I have a notebook in Evernote with a separate note for each restaurant I visit and what the best options are for my diet plan in each. I don't write down the "best options" that I wouldn't like either - just what I'd actually order. With my smart phone, I have that custom reference to keep me on track.

- Submitted by ARAMIS5 8/3/2012 in Organization | 0 Comments
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Portioned lunches

Every week I use 1 cup and 2 cup glass bowls with lids to set up lunches and snacks for the week. When I cook dinner I do not put the leftovers in a big bowl to be forgotten, I measure an appropriate lunch time amount and put in a glass bowl with a strong sealed lid.

- Submitted by MRS_PALMER 4/26/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Simple Fast-food or Restaurant Strategy

Instead of agonizing over what to eat, stick to this simple strategy: salad topped with grilled chicken, skip the croutons, light dressing on the side, water or unsweetened coffee or tea. Dip the tines of our fork into the dressing to get a taste in each bite. You'll probably eat less than half of the dressing this way. You should easily be able to eat less than 500 calories for the meal while getting your veggies and protein. (click title for more info)

- Submitted by STORMY724 7/24/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Tip To Skip Fast Food

I used to visualize what I'd eat from fast food before I pulled into the drive-thru! Now, I envision how it's filled with saturated fat, how off-track my nutrition tracker would be, and how it's mostly NON-FOOD! It works!

- Submitted by WOLFKITTY 3/13/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Fast Food

Kids are starving, you missed lunch because you had a report due, and it will be hours before dinner and you're hungry now! You pass by the ever tempting fast food places. Instead of getting a combo and supersizing, get a kids meal. The nutrition is closer to what your body needs for a meal. Then, you can give the kids the toy to entertain themselves for the rest of the ride home!

- Submitted by JUST_FORME 2/11/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Carry healthy snacks

I make sure I have food tucked away in my handbag when I'm out and about. Because it's not in my line of sight I forget about it but I do remember it's there when I'm tempted by something unhealthy.

- Submitted by JUICIEJU1 2/9/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Healthy Eating while Traveling

Bring snacks: carrots, celery, broccoli, grapes, berries, apples, wheat crackers, hummus, low fat cheese. If you have to eat out, split a meal, or get a sandwich and salad and share with someone else. Always ask for dressing on the side.

- Submitted by GREGOBR8 12/28/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Eating at Wendy's

My favorite fast food meal, especially in the winter months, is a Wendy's plain baked potato topped with a small chili. Total calories: 490. This may seem a little high, but the large amounts of protein and fiber will keep you feeling full for hours!

- Submitted by BETHKK 12/8/2010 in Healthy Eating | 4 Comments
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Choose your restaurant meal before leaving the house

Many restaurants post menus and nutritional info online. If you are eating out, you can make your meal choices before leaving for the restaurant.

Most fast-food & national-chain restaurants post nutritional info. Local restaurants may post only menus.

Make a list of good choices to keep in purse or car, in case you need to eat out unexpectedly.

Just search for "XXX nutrition" or "XXX Menu" online.

FYI: Denny's gives a 20% discount to AARP members between 4 & 10 pm.

- Submitted by STORMY724 10/9/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Self control when eating out

I believe that once a healthy lifestyle is established it is possible for a person to lose weight while occasionally dining out at fast food restaurants.

- Submitted by NBURTON308 8/13/2010 in Staying Healthy | 4 Comments
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Do your research!

I don't want to feel like I'm missing out when the family goes out for dinner so I prepare myself! I always find the healthier things on the menu so I know in advance what I am getting. This way I can enjoy myself without all the guilt. and I don't go off track.

- Submitted by JUVE1986 7/21/2010 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Proclaim your healthy habits

Instead of looking at unhealthy foods and thinking "I can't eat that," or "I shouldn't eat that," I look and say, "I DON'T eat that." I find this kind of proclamation makes it easier for me to stick to my principles of good eating. I don't eat fast food (and haven't in years).

- Submitted by EMME-RUNNER 7/3/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Use the Napkin-O-Meter

They always give you a fistful of napkins at fast food joints. I monitor my drive through "splurges" by keeping those napkins and using them. I put the pile where I see and use it; if the pile goes up, our family is eating too much fast food. If it goes down, I know we're eating healthy at home!

- Submitted by TAROTGARDEN 6/17/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Dining out - Save half your portion BEFORE you eat

When ordering your food at a restaurant, ask for a To Go container at the same time. When your food (and the container) arrives, take half and put it away immediately.

- Submitted by WIGIME 6/1/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Fast Food

Research your favorite fast food restaurants ahead of time. Pick healthy choices & keep a list on a 3x5 card in your purse or wallet. You'll be less likely to make a hasty decision.

- Submitted by TULIP_MOM 3/30/2010 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Read your way to a healthier diet!

Treat yourself to a book you really want to read. Keep it at work and only allow yourself to read it when you pack a lunch from home. My desire to find out what happens next in my book is greater than my desire to hit a fast food restaurant or go out to eat.

- Submitted by MIAMAY79 3/30/2010 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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