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HAPPYTUHA SparkPoints: (16,381)
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1/21/13 10:03 P

olive garden is good and u can easley calculate the calories

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,281
1/21/13 9:10 P

We live where there are no restaurants worth anything, so only go out once a month or so. And then we eat something tasty and good, and don't worry alot about all the unpleasantness, lol. But, if I'm really obsessed, veggie omelets are good, egg white omelets, dry toast. Lunch time, 1/2 a turkey sandwich and a cup of soup is good and filling. Salads bore me, so I only have a dinner side salad if I must. Small steak and veggies is easy to get, or chicken and veggies is easy to find. Let's face it, when we go out, we are tempted, so often, we over eat, and then we need to just let it go and move on. You have a lifetime ahead to try to eat healthy, it never ends, even reaching some goal, you still have to eat the same way that you lost the weight. Famous diet plans don't like you to realize that.....

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,529
1/21/13 8:56 P

I tracked and figured out that I did worse than I thought, but still better than I normally do.

I cannot have cheat days anymore. I can pick a day where I eat in maintenance calorie range. An all out cheat day derails my success

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (81,670)
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1/21/13 3:16 P

Chain restaurants are easy because you can look up the nutrition facts on their website or request the information at the restaurant. When I go to chain restaurants, I try to pick a healthy entree because I know whatever I get isn't going to be too fancy. Places like Ruby Tuesday, Applebees or TGI Friday, I stick with Salmon with 2 veggies on the side. When I go to a nice, local restaurant, however, I usually indulge. Not to the point where I'm ordering Alfredo and Cheesecake, but I'm less concerned about how many calories I'm consuming because I want to enjoy my food. Still, I try to make healthy choices - nothing fried, no cream sauces, etc.

ZELDA13 SparkPoints: (79,275)
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1/21/13 3:14 P

I find a small grilled sirloin is often my best choice along with a veggie and salad or plain baked potato. I was stunned to learn how many calories are in a lot of dinner salads.

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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1/21/13 3:09 P

steak... I always go for a lean cut of steak and veggies

I don't make steak at home so for me it is a "treat"

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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1/21/13 1:53 P

I'm sort of in the boat as 35BYMAY... if I am eating out, I want to eat something I couldn't or don't want to make at home, so it's usually not something healthy.

But if I end up going out unexpectedly without having planned for it, I might get like a cup of soup and a half sandwich or something along those lines. I'm not a salad lover so I rarely order those. If none of their soups sound good, I might look for a grilled chicken dish. I like eating fish at restaurants but unless it's a really nice place, I won't order it because the quality of the fish is usually not great... unless I'm near the ocean! :)

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 1/21/2013 (13:53)
MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,529
1/21/13 1:50 P

Longhorn has a menu with options under 500 calories and they are delicious. Yesterday I got Flo's Filet, red rock shrimp and the seasonal vegetables. I also got a dinner salad. And allowed myself some nibbles from a couple appetizers. So my meal probably ended up being 800 calories. Most important, it was good and I was satisfied.

Much better than what I used to do. I would have previously consumed at least 4000 calories

MISSYK25 SparkPoints: (3,440)
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1/21/13 1:34 P

I've learned to look past things that are fried, but my biggest change has come with staying away from cream sauces, and if I'm insistent on ordering pasta, then I stick with tomato sauce.
I also always try to plan ahead and look up the nutritional info online if I know which restaurant I'm going to. A lot of things on the menu at different restaurants have really surprised me, so it never hurts to look :)

CHEETARA79 Posts: 3,918
1/21/13 1:34 P

Fish. I don't cook much fish at home so it's always a treat to have at a restaurant. Fish, when prepared correctly, is healthy and filling.

35BYMAY SparkPoints: (1,477)
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1/21/13 1:17 P

sorry... that didn't really help you, did it lol.

35BYMAY SparkPoints: (1,477)
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1/21/13 1:15 P

When I eat out, it almost always puts me over for the day. When I am serious about losing weight, one of the things I have to do is make the decision to just never eat out, or if I must, make it a cheat day and eat something I truly enjoy. I have never understood those people who can go to restaurants and order a salad with dressing on the side... to me, it defeats the purpose of having a yummy meal I wouldn't ever be able to make at home... I could make a salad at home for 1/3 the cost.. so ya, when I am trying to get healthy, I save the restaurant for special occasions, and make healthy food at home for a lot cheaper :)

C-MERRIE11 Posts: 748
1/21/13 12:13 P

What foods do you order when eating out that keep you on track? What menu items have you found to be figure friendly?

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