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FREEMONT12's Photo FREEMONT12 Posts: 369
1/7/19 1:41 P

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I eat slowly and visit with the person(s) I'm eating with. I also try to take half of whatever it is home with me... and never order dessert. I say I will have one bit of yours but I'm too full to order one. I've had to have one bit now & then but never a whole dessert.

Don't put it off until tomorrow because you're just delaying the joy.



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MARYJOANNA's Photo MARYJOANNA Posts: 11,093
1/3/19 1:08 P

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I try to pick low-cal and always take one-half home for the next day.



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12/31/18 1:49 P

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If it's available I look at the restaurant's online menu before I go out.

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12/6/18 12:03 P

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When I was losing weight, I'd ask for the takeout container first and split my dinner. Now I tend to order wisely and almost always leave part of my meal. I found that denying myself food I love ended up backfiring. Moderation works for me.

And I do eat at home a lot and most of my meals are healthy.

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11/30/18 9:01 A

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Honestly, this is one of the times I allow myself to not worry too much about what I am eating. I know that I eat healthy at home 90% of the time, so going out to eat will not derail my efforts.

We do not eat out much, but we do enjoy it.

I always take leftovers home because the portions are huge and I can never finish them.

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11/24/18 10:46 A

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when at a fast food place, order something that hasn't been processed...if there are no options, then just get a drink



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11/24/18 10:20 A

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In addition to trying to lose weight, I have a couple of food allergies so eating out is always fraught for me. That said, we have been without a working refrigerator for the last six weeks so I have become somewhat of a pro at it. I managed to maintain this entire time while eating up to 2 meals a day out every day. Here are my top 5 tips:

1. The internet is your friend. Most every restaurant has its calorie counts and other nutritional information available online. Check that out BEFORE you go. I've reached the point where I rarely will eat at one that doesn't.

2. Be ok with asserting what you need/want. With my two problem foods being pork and wheat I have had no choice but to learn to request the server tell me in detail what is in the food I am looking at eating. I live in the south, bacon grease is a condiment, even vegetables aren't necessarily "safe" here. ASK. Be kind and polite about asking but ASK. I have had very excited chefs create completely unique meals just for me because I explain my situation and ask what is safe for me to eat. I have also had servers with an attitude and nights when I ate a plain iceburg salad with dressing on the side but honestly that's been the exception. Most folks want you to enjoy their restaurant and will be glad to make that happen.

3. TIP. WELL. Seriously. Servers depend on those tips for their income, in the inverted world that they live in, their check pays their taxes (barely) so the tips are what pay their bills. Accomodations do slow their ability to turn over their tables so be sure to tip accordingly.

4. ASK what the portion size is on their servings. This is standard information as most restaurants plate with standard sized scoops and most restaurant cuts of meat are cut and sold in standard sized weights to aid in batch cooking. If you know that the chicken breast you are ordering weighs 8 ounces then you can portion it out in an appropriate sized serving for your plan and go ahead and box the rest.

5. Drink water. Not only is it cheaper it will help with flushing any excess salt from your system since often restaurants use much more salt than we typically do at home.

Above all remember YOU ARE WORTH IT. Plan, Ask, Enjoy. Repeat.


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MARYJOANNA's Photo MARYJOANNA Posts: 11,093
11/24/18 7:20 A

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We always split our order and take home for the next day.



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11/23/18 10:47 A

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Just because they bring it to you doesn't mean you have to eat it.

That goes for bread baskets/oil dips, but also an entree. It can be difficult to measure calorie counts in places that don't provide them on the menu, but if you're honest with yourself about what's on the plate it isn't impossible to get a close guess. If you wouldn't eat three whole chicken breasts at home, chances are it isn't the best option to do that when dining out either. Take it home, split it with another family member, but don't cheat yourself by pretending that you can't estimate.

Rule 1: Don't eat foods with ingredient lists containing numbers, colors, or the word "flavors".


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11/22/18 4:46 P

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we often eat out

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MARYJOANNA's Photo MARYJOANNA Posts: 11,093
11/20/18 7:24 A

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We eat out at noon on Saturday and always take half of our meal home for Sunday.



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11/19/18 5:17 P

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In Ontario,

There is no bad food, only bad cooks.
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11/19/18 5:15 P

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“I live in Canada and laws here state that all restaurants must have full nutrition information available”

I’m Ontatrio, 20 or more restaraunts mandate that. Where in Canada do you live?

There is no bad food, only bad cooks.
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11/19/18 4:39 P

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I try to plan ahead when eating out and look up the menu.

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11/19/18 4:19 P

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When eating out for special occasions, I try to get ahold of the menu ahead of time and pick out what I'm going to have, then plan the rest of my day accordingly.

If I'm just running out for lunch or something, I set a calorie goal, then just order to stay within that, using my best judgement if the restaurant doesn't have calorie amounts posted.

If I'm going out with friends for dinner or something, I'll typically have a small snack so I'm not starving when choosing my food, like an apple, a handful of nuts, or a protein shake.

If I'm ordering anything in the Midwest, I typically ask the waitstaff to split the meal immediately and put half in a to-go box. Portion sizes here are frankly ridiculous.

I miss the reasonable portions of the West Coast... where you could order an appetizer, salad, dinner, and dessert, eat everything that was brought to you, and just feel pleasantly satisfied, not stuffed to the gills after the appetizer and salad.

Take life one day at a time - enjoy today before you worry about tomorrow.


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KEELYME Posts: 1,235
11/19/18 10:57 A

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My suggestions are:

- Stick to lean proteins (as opposed to pasta) and avoid anything that's fried, stuffed or smothered.
- Always get sauces and dressings on the side.
- Distance yourself from the bread basket.
- Only get a dessert if someone will split with you.

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11/18/18 4:51 P

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Just saving half isn’t my style. If I am to take leftovers, I’ll think about it a bit.

A very common serving is 1/3 protein, 1/3 carb, and 1/3 veg. I’ll eat all my veg at that setting and save roughly half the protein and carb. Supplement that with veg when you serve the takeout.

There is no bad food, only bad cooks.
MARYJOANNA's Photo MARYJOANNA Posts: 11,093
11/18/18 1:55 P

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Save one-half of your meal for the next day.



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11/18/18 3:36 A

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I live in Canada and laws here state that all restaurants must have full nutrition information available, I check online ahead of time to decide, McDonalds here lists calorie count at the cashier price list so you can see that part before you order, every place and restaurant has complete information online and we are also required to have a 500 calorie meal menu at every restaurant in plane site, we can always find a low calorie option.

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11/16/18 1:27 P

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I try to eat protein for lunch, so I order chicken without a side dish and salad.

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11/14/18 11:13 A

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We always take one-half of our meal home to eat the next day.



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11/12/18 12:36 P

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If possible, read the menu ahead of time and plan what you'll have. And then enjoy.

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11/12/18 12:29 P

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Plan ahead but don’t forget to enjoy yourself.



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11/12/18 11:16 A

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Check the calorie count for salads...Some salads are over 600 calories!

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11/12/18 12:33 A

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* Split the meal with someone else.
* Bring half of it home in a doggie bag.

Me, I use a cheat day. :D

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11/11/18 7:31 P

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I eat out a lot, 1/4 to 1/3 of the time is an honest guess. It’s work, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun.

Skip the fast food if possible, it’s sodium laden and bland.

Mom and Pops, the odd balls, and certainly the upscale are my preferences.

There are novel ideas, creative servings, and amazing tastes that await all of us. Do not fear it, embrace it.

I carry a cooler religiously when on the road. That’s for water, electrolytes, and yes an apple. It works well for leftovers too.

Enjoy, just be mindful. Gains, for me, are sodium, 2-3 pound and temporary. That’s typically a drive through fast food sorta week. If that is the trend, I’ll market at a delicatessen to try and compensate.

There is no bad food, only bad cooks.
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11/11/18 4:25 P

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You can use the nutrition calculator on the spark app.



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11/8/18 9:08 A

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Choose wisely from the menu, and have fun with those you are dining with!



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11/8/18 8:37 A

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Mine for today is to eat an apple before you go into the reataurant

If you don't change, you will end up where you are headed.


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