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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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Nutrition tracking while eating out

When eating out and not having nutrition facts available, I d
first try to choose a smart meal choice. Then when my food arrives I automatically divide it exactly in half. I take the remaining half home. Then I measure or weigh the remaining half so that I can best estimate the contents of my meal. It is a good method of portion control and helps me eat out without losing track of my daily intake. emoticon

- Submitted by RLT5089 5/25/2012 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Eating Out, In Points

Planning my menu choices before I arrive at a restaurant helps me stay in my daily points range. If I arrive without having a chance to look at the menu online, I request the nutritional information when we are seated.

- Submitted by ANNAMITCHELL77 4/22/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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In a restaurant, if you aren't sure, try soup

I usually look at the nutritional info for a restaurant if I know I'm going later, but sometimes I'm surprised by an invitation to dine out. When calorie information is not easily found out, go for the soup! It works every time. In Mexican restaurants, try tortilla soup. In Chinese, try wonton. I always come out way ahead by sticking to soup!

- Submitted by HOTSTENO 3/19/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Eat half at a restaurant!

If you go out to eat, bring a tupperware container with you. As soon as the food is served, put half in the container, enjoy your meal, and put any leftovers into the container. You won't overeat, and you'll have something delicious for tomorrow's lunch!

- Submitted by MADZTEIR 11/11/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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When eating out, get what you want, but only get the highest priority item

It can be hard to stay on track while eating out, because it seems like you either have to order something you don't really want, or you just can't stay within a reasonable calorie range. What has worked for me is determining the one thing I really want -- whether it is an appetizer, cocktail, entree, side dish, or dessert. I can have any of those things, but I usually cannot have all of those things, so I pick the one I want most and plan the rest of my meal around that item.

- Submitted by GILLIMONSTER 10/31/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Order a la carte items in restaurants

I have found that when I order a full meal off the menu in a restaurant, I eat far more calories than I had planned on, and on things that I don't even care much about. I have been much more successful eating out and staying on track when I only order the specific items I want. If what I want doesn't come without sides, I will ask them to leave the side off altogether or replace it with vegetables. It doesn't always save money, but my health is worth more than an extra dollar on the tab.

- Submitted by GILLIMONSTER 10/29/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Traveling. Food & Calories - IHOP

We all know that when traveling it can be a bear eating healthy - or eating as healthy as you can.

We've been on vacation for the past 10 days & I've been surprised by the restaurants that have changed their menu to attract the nutrition conscious.

One restaurant that totally surprised me was IHOP. Yes, IHOP. Home of the 2500 calorie breakfast and other unhealthy road blocks. First they have a separate menu section for those of us who are trying to eat healthy. Then, they will work to

- Submitted by POPEYETHETURTLE 9/27/2010 in Staying Healthy | 6 Comments
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Cut Your Meals in 1/2 when dining out

When I go out for a meal, before it is delivered to my table I always ask for a to-go box. Once the food arrives, I immediately put at least half of it in the box and set it aside. You may get strange looks at first but it will definately stop you from overeating. (Don't eat out of the box!!)

- Submitted by CORCORJL 8/10/2010 in Healthy Eating | 3 Comments
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Get restuarant gift certificates online for less than half the cost!

I utilize restaurant.com, they usually have $25 gift certificates for sponsored restaurants for $10, it really works! I signed up for their emails and today I bought $100 in gift certificates for $10 as a special! No expiration dates either!

- Submitted by CUBFANGIRL1 7/23/2010 in Saving Money | 4 Comments
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Eating out

When I go out to eat I always ask for a bread plate. When my entrée comes I transfer some of it to the bread plate and I immediately ask for a to go box for whatever remains. This helps me with my portion control and also gives me a leftover meal for lunch the next day.

- Submitted by MARYSPARKLES 7/6/2010 in Everything Else | 2 Comments
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Order take out

If you don't feel like cooking but don't want the big bill of a restaurant or fast food, order to-go. Not paying for drinks saves you a lot of money. Some people tip the to-go person at least a dollar or two, but it's still often much less than you'd end up tipping a server for dining in house.

- Submitted by BECOMINGDEB 5/25/2010 in Saving Money | 0 Comments
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Ask for what you need in the restaurant

If you need to have your dressing on the side, or your stir-fry done with broth instead of oil, etc. just ask for it!
Most restaurants are in the business of keeping their customers happy, and will comply with any reasonable request.

- Submitted by JRBASKIND 5/6/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Eating Out at a sit down restaurant

When eating out at a sitdown restaurant I want to enjoy a good meal not bland grilled chicken. Most restaurants have huge portion sizes to begin with so me and my husband choose to split a meal and end up saving on calories and getting a great meal for half the price which is a great bonus!

- Submitted by LOSINGJESS 4/28/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Water with a twist

When eating out, I always ask for ice water with a lemon slice.
It encourages me to drink my water, the lemon cuts the chlorine in the water, and makes it easier to drink. It also saves money to drink water.

- Submitted by LUNADRAGON 4/14/2010 in Everything Else | 6 Comments
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Skip the buffet and order off the menu

Whenever I go to a restaurant that has a buffet, I ask to order off the menu. I've learned that I just don't have the willpower for a buffet, and I'm always trying to "eat my money's worth." I'm just as satisfied with a plate of my own.

- Submitted by BITRSWEET 4/5/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Don't Do Credit Cards!!

My husband and I have recently paid off every credit card we had; after working on this task for nearly two years! It just aggravated me to no end to see all that interest that we did pay and would have paid had we continued to keep them alive and acitve!

- Submitted by MYJOURNEY51 3/25/2010 in Saving Money | 11 Comments
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