"Eating out is hard to do"

Friday, March 14, 2008

I love, love, love going out to eat but now that I am dieting, I find it rather difficult. Actually, I think now that I am dieting, I am realizing where I may have put on most of my weight.
When I cook at home, the process starts when I grocery shop. I read the labels of every comparable item and choose that item that is the most calorie friendly vs my old routine of buying what looked good and was the least expensive. Then once home and when I begin cooking, I immediately cut off the nutrition labels to add to my food tracker or write them down for later. When it is finally time to eat, I know how much is one portion and how much I can afford to eat. Without fail, I am almost always satisfied.
When I go out to eat, I try to plan what I am going to choose before I leave by trying to find the nutritional information on line. Unfortunately, other than fast food restaurants, not many places release this information. So instead, I am searching for somewhere that may have a comparable item and use that as my base but in checking several websites, a single item can vary a lot from place to place, so my research ends up being only a hopefully good guess. Check it out. For instance the fish sandwiches at the different fast food restaurants, you'll be shocked.
Also, you think if I just get a salad, I will be doing better than eating than other items on the menu...wrong! Some salads are much more caloric and sometimes not as satisfying then getting a grilled chicken breast with a side of rice and veggies. I wish the restaurants would become more diet friendly and release their nutritional information. It doe not mean that it would keep me away from the items that are high in calories but instead would allow me to better figure out the portion I can have.
If anyone out there is reading my blog knows of any great items at restaurants that they really enjoy that have a reasonable amount of calories, please share your secrets with me!
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  • MJMORRIS2003
    I so understand what you are saying. I find the same thing. We are always searching online before going out to eat. We've actually been doing Subway quit a bit lately. That way I know my calories. I fell of the wagon over Easter. I'm trying to get back on track. I get so mad at myself when that happens. Good Luck. Keep up the good work.
    3741 days ago
    Well, Applebees has a section of their menu that has Weight Watcher's points listed with their meals. Not a huge selection of that but it's a start. If you're not on weight watchers you can figure 1 point is worth (approximately) 50 calories. This varies but that's a general rule of thumb. But you're right, it seems the fast food restaurants have become MUCH more diet friendly than a regular restaurant. What you should do is when you're going to the restaurant's websites, if they don't have nutritional information available send them an email and either ask for it or complain that you won't go there if you don't know what you're eating! The squeeky wheel gets the oil!
    3751 days ago
    Like you, I love to eat out and making the right decisions can be hard. My favorite restaurant is TGIFridays. I always go for the Jack Daniels Chicken. Its delicious and comes with mashed potatoes and veggies. I'll usually get a salad or soup before my meal so that I'll only eat half of my entree and take the rest home so that I can have it for lunch the next day!
    3752 days ago
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