Restaurant meals are always really tempting, especially since you can't see the nutrition facts. Most restaurants will have them and all you have to do is ask. Many times they will turn you off the meal you were considering ordering, and it will help you pick the healthiest choice.
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Looking at the Nutrition Facts on my former favorite noodle snacks left me passing them up, until I found a better alternative. Mama Bean Thread Noodles (50 cents or so at Wal*Mart) have a mere 140 cals/3.5 g fat for the whole package. My MO - Steam bok choy & mushrooms with the seasoning packets in the microwave, then add the boiled noodles. Spicy and a little garlicy & won't send you over your tracker count...who could ask for more?
Take mental notes of calories in food, do flash-card drills if you have to. Practice estimating the calorie count in foods you didn't prepare, ie. let your spouse make the food or estimate the calories when you go out to dinner and then ask for a nutrition fact-sheet if they have one to compare. This way when you find yourself Out, at a Party or Family event you'll be able to keep yourself inside your calorie budget even if you don't know exactly what went into each entree.
Ask for a magazine about nutrition at your library
Ask your local branch to carry a good nutrition magazine, like Cooking Light. We are going to get that magazine at my branch because I asked for it. A small victory for health! Or maybe you prefer to ask for a fitness magazine - whatever it is, Ask! You may help others, too.
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