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9/20/17 10:01 A

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I think you will find that most restaurants have a menu available on the internet. The menus typically not only list what they have, but also the nutrition (calories, grams of carbs, fat ...).

So you can make a lot of your decisions before you even go.

Lastly don't forget to ask for substitutions if that is what you want. I am a low carb person, so when the menu says one of rice, potatoes, pasta, and two veggie options, I ask if I can skip the starch ad have three veggie options. They have never said no, and this is a short question when ordering.

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9/19/17 10:38 P

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https://www.maxandermas.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/ME-Nutritionals-5.1.17-FINAL-rvsd2.pdf

This is the link I used. I found some low calorie options so it wasn't as bad sas I first thought.

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9/19/17 10:35 P

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Thank you for the moral support. I went and had a turkey burger instead of beef and asked for baby greens instead of fries. Water to drink,no sundae bar! I stayed within my range even for salt!


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9/19/17 11:32 A

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Many times the restaurant portions are large enough for 2 meals; while the calorie counts etc are for the entire entrée, you could plan to eat only 1/2 of it, and take the remainder home. Oftentimes, I order a meal based on what will still taste good, leftover the next day.

Even the dinner salads-- it's not the salad greens that boost the calories, it's the extras like 2 or 3 kinds of cheese, dressing, bacon bits, etc. So I'll get the grilled chicken, ask for no cheese or light on the cheese, dressing on the side. Eat most of the greens, half of the chicken, go very light on the dressing. Leaves me some chicken breast for lunch the next day.

jmo but restaurant food is always too high in sodium and usually too high in fat as well. We don't eat out that much, though-- so I'm willing to let go of sodium & fat goals for one day (granted, I'll try to adjust the rest of my day somewhat, to balance things out some), try to keep the calories in range, and not weigh myself for a couple days til the sodium's out of my system.


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9/19/17 11:28 A

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Hello,

Based on what I was looking at from their menu they offer a decent option of low calorie items you can order. I am not sure where their fat/salt info is listed but the tortilla soup is (cal - cup 190). A bowl of French Onion Soup is 290 Calories. Looks like their Village Salad (A smaller version of our signature 3rd Street salad) without the chicken. (cal 430). The Side Ceasar is 270 Calories and their House Garden is 60 Calories without dressing.

They closed the Max and Erma's near me a few months ago but they used to have a menu specific to low calorie items. I think it's ok (if you're concerned about it) to arrive a few minutes early to take a good look at their options since a lot of places have varying menu's by location. If you aren't able to find something that meets your needs you can always order something you will enjoy and eat half there and save the other half for tomorrow's lunch.

Also, I'm sure the person you are there to celebrate will be happy that you can make it and less concerned with you asking questions about healthy options. Plus...you never know if someone else is looking for lighter choices and is afraid to ask.

Have a great time! Enjoy the experience and the people you are with. Everything in moderation!

Be well,
Kelly

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9/19/17 11:06 A

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My family is meeting for dinner to celebrate a birthday. I thought I could look up the nutritional info on their site, enter my meal choice into my tracker, and figure a way to fill in whatever is lacking at breakfast and dinner.
Looking at the choices,there are few options that don't exceed my limits either in salt, fat, or calories. I was thinking of having just an appetizer and found guacamole and chips under "shareables" I was pleased to see only 430 calories but now I wonder whether the count is based on the assumption that the dish will serve two or maybe even four people. Guess I will ask the server but I hate to be that person who wants all sort of extra attention at someone else's party. emoticon

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