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Sunday, May 10, 2009

I just returned from a three day trip to Maine with my in-laws, husband and son. Since we were away from home, we had to eat out at local restaurants. I was determined to try to pick healthy choices for meals and even brought a little note pad to write down what I ate.

As we visited each restaurant, it became increasingly harder to find a healthy meal. I stuck with the grilled chicken and barbecue sauce, but they always come with fries emoticonand you always end up eating a few of those. I did discover that one restaurant in Maine, Kens, had ALL fried food, literally. The portions were HUGE and it was very difficult to make a good choice. I ordered grilled chicken again, but was horrified as the waitresses kept bringing out these huge plates of fried food to their customers. Poor America...no wonder we are unhealthy.

At breakfast on Friday, I ordered scramble eggs (they have protein) and white toast but forgot to say, "no butter" emoticon. The meal was drenched (literally) in butter. At least my milk (they only served whole milk) was healthy. It reminded me of that scene in "My Cousin Vinny" when they order breakfast.

Anyway..what is one to do on vacation? Just allow ourselves to gain weight? What is the solution? Does anyone have any solutions for me as a trip to Long Island is a few weeks away and pizza emoticon and bagels loom ahead of me! emoticon
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  • SHERIK67
    It is very hard sometimes. I usually ask if I can substitute a vegetable for the fries. If not I tell them I don't want the fries. Salad is always another option with low fat dressing on the side. Also for breakfast most places have a fruit plate and plain oatmeal. Most places will also make hard boiled eggs, even if they are not on the menu.
    4386 days ago
    It is a delemma when traveling. I will ask for fruit or a side salad instead of fries. even applesauce would be better..I know carry individual packets of low fat dressing in my purse (Kraft makes them).
    If pizza and bagels loom on the horizon...hopefully the places you go you will be able to order a salad and enjoy one or two slices of pizza. If bagels (which can be huge)...order it 'dry' and ask for the cream cheese on the side...ask if they low fat cream cheese, but still get it 'on the side' that way you can put on your own amt.
    only eat half of the bagel and ask for a to go box if you want to take it.
    When ordering eggs, asked for them to be poached, well ( the yolk will be cooked and no butter involved) If the place has Canadian bacon, order that, also order a dry english muffin and you can make a healthy egg mcmuffin minus the cheese.
    If you are ordering a sandwich, roast beef and turkey are healthy choices, try mustard with roast beef that way no mayo. Also don't forget to order whole wheat bread instead of white.
    Good luck...
    Jo Ann
    4386 days ago
  • LICIA4608
    I feel your pain. Here's some tips that I've picked up from experience.

    1) Order a salad first 90% of restaurants offer a house salad, if you start with that you'll fill up faster and eat less of the unhealthy food

    2) If there really isn't anything at all healthy on the menu order a soup and salad and eat that

    3) Try to substitute a salad for fries, most restaurants will let you do it (They may charge a small fee).

    4) Split an entree with someone

    5) Go to a grocery store and pick up fresh produce to keep in your hotel/wherever you are staying, eat some fruit before you go out to dinner

    6) Order an appetizer, with or without a salad, often they are smaller portions and you can share those with someone too.

    7) Try to find an online menu before you go, decide what you're eating before you get there so you won't be tempted to switch it for something that someone else suggests thay may not be as healthy.

    8) Take half of it home, you can have them box up half your meal before it even gets to your table.

    Hope that helps!
    4386 days ago
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