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HAVING TROUBLE EATING OUT

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Yesterday I went to the movies with my adult son. One of my challenges in going to the movies is that my old habit was to always get a large butter popcorn. So, I tried to pre-plan to avoid being tempted and made sure I ate a nice healthy, protein filled lunch before the movie to ensure I wouldn't be tempted or be hungry. I also packed an apple to eat during the movie just in case. Of course, the guy sitting next to me in the theater was scarfing down his popcorn and I had to smell it and wish I had some too but I got through it. So far, so good, right? Then we ended up going to Carrabas (at my son's request) for dinner. I thought I was being rather virtuous by ordering a chicken dish (instead of a cheese-laden pasta dish) of which I only ate half, with a side salad and broccoli (instead of mashed potatoes). I even turned down dessert. Turns out I still went well over my daily allotted calories, anyway. My conclusion: It is still very hard for me to eat out at restaurants.
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  • DJAYBX
    Never mind the calories. You thought it out and you did the best you could. Brava! It's hard for me, too, every time. Other than checking out the menu online ahead of time, if possible, I've now been ordering 2 items from the appetizer menu rather than an appetizer and an entree. The portions are more realistic and the price is more reasonable. It helps because I LOVE to eat out. We're always learning and we'll conquer the restaurant beast! emoticon
    498 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    I have successfully lost and maintained, and I was always determined to think I could always find something to eat in moderate amounts at restaurants. But I have become rather resentful at times at just how careful I have to be not to overeat when eating out. I don't count calories, but I do keep aware of how full I feel later and even a few extra mouthfuls at a restaurant can make me feel heavy for hours. The same doesn't happen when I'm the one preparing the food. But humans are wired to prefer dense calories and businesses are there to make money. It would be easier if it were different. I know of people who rarely eat out for that reason, but I'm not willing to live that lean.

    It may always be a challenge to eat out but may it get easier at least!


    500 days ago
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