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BYOSD -- Bring your own salad dressing!

I buy a lovely yogurt-based salad dressing (only 45 calories per 2 tablespoons). When I go out to eat, I put the dressing I need in a small air-tight container. I use it instead of the dressings offered at the restaurant. I save a LOT of calories and there is no guessing!

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 5/22/2014 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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PIC THE PLATE

Take a photo of your meal when you go out to eat. It will serve to remind you of what you ate and the size of the portions.

- Submitted by LIFENPROGRESS 5/14/2014 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Avoiding the munchies

I find that if I try to restrict my calories going into a non diet friendly meal (such as a celebration dinner or buffet) I tend to go way overboard because I get into reward mode. I do much better when I eat like normal throughout the day and treat the special meal just like any other meal. The same holds true if I've waited too long between meals, I overdo it.

- Submitted by VTRICIA 11/22/2012 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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It you can't track it, don't eat it!!!

When I am recording my food for the day I have come to the conclusion that if I can not track it, I don't eat it.. That way you are aware of what you are putting in your body. I find this very useful if I plan to eat out so I can plan ahead and enjoy my meal with family and friends.
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- Submitted by MAMAHOYT 11/1/2012 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Create Your Own Healthy Portion when Eating Out

When eating out, ask for a to-go box at the beginning of the meal. Put half of your entree and sides into the box before you start eating. This reduces the temptation to overeat and you can enjoy the remainder at your next meal!

- Submitted by FORGECAT 9/11/2012 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Nutrition tracking while eating out

When eating out and not having nutrition facts available, I d
first try to choose a smart meal choice. Then when my food arrives I automatically divide it exactly in half. I take the remaining half home. Then I measure or weigh the remaining half so that I can best estimate the contents of my meal. It is a good method of portion control and helps me eat out without losing track of my daily intake. emoticon

- Submitted by RLT5089 5/25/2012 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Going Out to Eat - Being Aware is being Prepared for Success!

If I am going out to eat for lunch or dinner, I pull up the restaurant online first to review the menu and nutrition values. If it is not online, I arrive 10 minutes earlier than my lunch appt and ask for the nutritional sheet (they are required to have one available) and make my decision before my friends arrive.

- Submitted by MSHELLI 12/8/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Restaurant Secret

Something that really helps me is having a "go-to meal" for all of our regular restaurants. I have the elements of the meal already entered into a food grouping so it is easy to track. Then I don't even have to look at the menu.

- Submitted by -AMANDA79- 10/19/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Investigate First!!

Stay on track while eating out. If you know the name of the restaurant you are going to, find the menu and/or nutritional values online. Enter your meal BEFORE you go to out to eat. Then you will have a plan of action to follow and won't be tempted to eat the breadsticks (unless you've added them)or extra sour cream on your baked potato. This has really helped me ;)

- Submitted by TRISHLEW421 10/13/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Plan ahead for eating out

Treating myself to a dinner out with my hubbie is very important to me. My husband and I eat out only once a week so I plan for that day by reducing my calorie count the day before and after. I still try to make sensible choices and use the restaurant's caloric counts when they're available.
This works for me.

- Submitted by POPPYHEAD5 6/7/2011 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Watch what you are putting in your mouth

I recently had a talk with my sister who brought to my notice that I binge when I eat out but I am mindful when I am eating at home and I realised it was true. So, I got myself a wrist band (those colorful rubbery things) and put it on whenever I go out. This way whenever I bring something to eat near my mouth I see the band and immediately check the portions and the food that I am eating. It is just a reminder that I should watch out for what I am putting in my mouth.

- Submitted by SHRUTI_SARAOGI1 5/21/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Counting Chips at Dinner

When I go to a Mexican restaurant and they bring the chips and salsa, I keep my straw paper and tear a little piece off every time I reach for a chip that way I can keep track of how many I have eaten.

- Submitted by KISMET68 3/29/2011 in Everything Else | 0 Comments
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Salsa on Your Salad

I just read in a magazine to order salsa on the side in a restaurant as your salad dressing. It has lots of flavor and has very few calories. No guess work in what kind of "lite" dressing they gave you.

- Submitted by NAN111 3/26/2011 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Eat out & Order special

Order the alfredo sauce on the side and only taste the pasta. Then you'll have Cajun chicken with vegetables.

When we ate out, I saw Cajun chicken & vegetable Pasta on the menu. Looked really good until I saw 'alfredo sauce'. I told our server that alfredo sauce always makes me sick and asked if I could have it on the side. She said, 'of course.' With soup. it was very satiisfying.

- Submitted by OKIE_NANA 3/18/2011 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Surviving the Eating Out Option

When planning to eat out, I search the menu online first, and make a decision of what to have based on what will fit into my counts for that day. When I get to the restaurant, I'm already looking forward to my chosen meal, I don't look at the menu and so I'm not tempted by other, less healthy choices. :) Good luck everyone! emoticon

- Submitted by NSAMPSON17 2/13/2011 in Weight Loss | 0 Comments
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Eat Half, Leave Half

I've found a lot of success when eating out if I ask for the "to go" box to come with my meal. I literally cut the portion on my plate in half, put one half in the "to go" box and enjoy the other half without guilt! And I have another meal for the next day.
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- Submitted by FEMAIDEN 1/29/2011 in Healthy Eating | 4 Comments
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Portion Control Trick

There are plates that are smaller than the normal dinner plate and bigger than a small plate. We have one. I use it. When the plate is smaller, it looks fuller with lots less food. I also teach clients that 1/2 the plate should be green veggies, 1/4 protein (size of a deck of cards), and 1/4 Carb (1 potato/1 cup pasta) It's a great system especially if you are away from home and need some feeling of control

- Submitted by 1DRWOMAN 1/28/2011 in Weight Loss | 5 Comments
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Preview the restaurant menu before you go

Most restaurants have their menus online. Look at them before going, and you can decide what to have before you get there and get tempted to eat some of those great sounding entrees or appetizers. You can also Google the restaurants entrees and appetizers for their caloric values before going so that you can choose the best foods to eat and still remain in your calorie range.

- Submitted by CCRUSS 1/22/2011 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Single Ingredients Over Expedience The Secret to Eating for Weight Loss

Im a fan of creating rhyming phrases to help remember important things. Hence the title: Single ingredients over expedience. I hope it helps you remember this healthy tip when youre eating out, shopping, and preparing a meal.

It's so tempting to cut corners with an expedient meal at a fast food drive-thru or pick up pre-made mixes to make a quick meal at home. But, if you care about your health and your weight and your fitness, you have to take ownership back of what goes in your body.

- Submitted by DRLCORNETT 12/4/2010 in Weight Loss | 1 Comment
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When eating out, get what you want, but only get the highest priority item

It can be hard to stay on track while eating out, because it seems like you either have to order something you don't really want, or you just can't stay within a reasonable calorie range. What has worked for me is determining the one thing I really want -- whether it is an appetizer, cocktail, entree, side dish, or dessert. I can have any of those things, but I usually cannot have all of those things, so I pick the one I want most and plan the rest of my meal around that item.

- Submitted by GILLIMONSTER 10/31/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Order a la carte items in restaurants

I have found that when I order a full meal off the menu in a restaurant, I eat far more calories than I had planned on, and on things that I don't even care much about. I have been much more successful eating out and staying on track when I only order the specific items I want. If what I want doesn't come without sides, I will ask them to leave the side off altogether or replace it with vegetables. It doesn't always save money, but my health is worth more than an extra dollar on the tab.

- Submitted by GILLIMONSTER 10/29/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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Choose your restaurant meal before leaving the house

Many restaurants post menus and nutritional info online. If you are eating out, you can make your meal choices before leaving for the restaurant.

Most fast-food & national-chain restaurants post nutritional info. Local restaurants may post only menus.

Make a list of good choices to keep in purse or car, in case you need to eat out unexpectedly.

Just search for "XXX nutrition" or "XXX Menu" online.

FYI: Denny's gives a 20% discount to AARP members between 4 & 10 pm.

- Submitted by STORMY724 10/9/2010 in Healthy Eating | 1 Comment
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Eating out success!

Thanks to the state of California, all chain restaurants have to give nutritional info to consumers. Even if you live elsewhere (like me!!), you can generally access info at restaurant websites. Went out to Red Lobster last night, and took a look at the website before leaving home to make a couple of choices before dinner - kept me within my calories for the day!! www.dwlz.com also has nutritional info for many restaurants.

- Submitted by EDKIRSTEN 10/8/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Key to eating out: portion control!

Eating out was always scary to me before I'd learned what portion sizes should look like. Ask for a "to go" container with your meal. As soon as you get your food, portion out what you should actually eat, and put the rest in the container. You'll stay on track and have lunch for the next day!

- Submitted by KOPPERMAN 9/16/2010 in Weight Loss | 2 Comments
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Eating at a friend's house

If you are invited to a friend's house for dinner, but don't want to go off target, offer to bring dinner cooked and they can do the washing up! It allows me to spend time in friend's homes easier without going off track!

- Submitted by LUCYCT001 8/30/2010 in Healthy Eating | 0 Comments
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