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Do you cringe at the thought of going out to eat? Do you avoid going out just so you don't have to deal w/ the temptation? I used to do one of two things - either not go out at all (how fun is that?) or I'd go out and totally blow my diet. But not anymore. Here's what I do:<br><br>
- when dh asks where I want to eat I say, "Anywhere I can get a chicken caeser salad." I plan ahead of time what I will order instead of looking over the menu and trying to pick something healthy. That never works for me because I'll see all the yummy stuff - like cheese ravioli w/ alfredo sauce - and totally give in. Now I just look at the salad section <b>only</b>, confirm that they have a chicken caeser salad and then put the menu down, totally avoiding all temptation.<br><br>
- otherwise we eat at Applebee's or Ruby Tuesday's because they both have certain menu items that list the caloric values. That way I can pick something yummy and keep track of my calories.<br><br>
What are your tips for eating out?
 

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Hm, this is new to me as this is my first time ever consciously trying to lose weight. My strategy so far is first, to still eat and have a good time - I know if I deny myself any treats I shall get discouraged with the whole thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I try to make up for it during the day - make sure I exercise, and eat fairly lightly during the day before we go out. I also choose the restaurant wisely, as long as the choice is in my hands. Luckily dds' absolute favourite restaurant is one with a huge salad bar, and I have my set plate that I make up, which isn't too bad. I do love the frozen yoghurt, and always indulge in that afterwards, but have cut out the chocolate brownie that I always used to have. One strategy that works is telling dh what dessert I want and sending him to get it while I mind the kids (it's buffet style). That way, I dont get tempted to add any extras to the bowl <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:<br><br>
The toughest one I find is when we go to friends houses to eat. The politeness in me means that I often eat dessert etc that I don't want, because the hostess has made the effort to provide it. Dh thinks I"m crazy, but to me, it's bad manners to say "I'm dieting" and not eat enthusiastically when someone has cooked for you. So, I forget the diet when we're with friends and just eat what I would normally.<br><br>
If dh and I go out together, we may indulge for example in dessert or appetizers, but we are both good at suggeting we share. Dh eats soooo fast that I dont often get much - which used to really annoy me, but now I see it as him supporting my diet. :LOL :LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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I wish more places would list the nutritional info (or at least the caloric values) of their foods. It drives me nuts trying to figure out if a certain food is healthy/low calorie or not. It is also frustrating to try and figure out if they put other things in an otherwise healthy selection. For example, some places put butter on their steamed veggies. Even if you ask the server, they sometimes aren't totally sure how the item(s) are prepared.
 

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I forgot one:<br><br>
You know how restaurant servings are HUUUUUGE? Well, one thing you can do is ask the server for a to-go box right away, put half the food on your plate in the box before you begin eating. That way, you won't be so tempted to "clean your plate" and you'll have another yummy meal for later or the next day.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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You can look a lot of restaurants (if they are big chains) up on the internet. I know what I can have at McDonald's, Taco Bell and others and still stay within my caloric limits. Not exactly <i>healthy</i> but if we're on a road trip or need to eat on the run I can still get something w/o completely blowing it. Search "nameofrestaurant calories" and see what comes up.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">If dh and I go out together, we may indulge for example in dessert or appetizers, but we are both good at suggeting we share. Dh eats soooo fast that I dont often get much - which used to really annoy me, but now I see it as him supporting my diet.</td>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/biglaugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="laugh">: Way to look at things positively! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Thanks Pukka!! We went to Joe's Crab Shack the other day and I looked at their website beforehand and could not find any nutritional info about their food. I didn't think to just do a search for "calorie for". So, I just did one and found a great website that lists a bunch of restaurants on it.<br><br>
Great idea on getting the to go box right away. Dh and I try to split meals now, so maybe that helps a bit with overeating and/or eating to many servings.
 

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we ate out a lot last year while I was losing weight, and I'd say splitting with dh (or your kids, if they eat a lot!) was a big thing for me. I also would plan my day around it, as in, having a very low-points (or calorie, I was on ww) breakfast and lunch and then figuring out how much I could have for dinner.<br><br>
Also, I was doing marathon training and would plan a big meal out for the day of my long runs! :LOL that rocked.<br><br>
There is a great site, <a href="http://www.dwlz.com" target="_blank">www.dwlz.com</a>, that has points/calories for lots of restaurants too, if you can't find it on the restaurant's website. Good luck!
 

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Mamabeth - WOW! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bigeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bigeyes"> That web-site is AWESOME! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbsup"> Thank you for sharing. I can't believe that restaurant list and their message board is HUUUUUUGE! I'm definetly going to be checking it out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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one thing i do is order any type of sauce or dressing on the side. then i use it more to dip and i use a ton less.
 

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Excellent tip and one that I have just started doing. I eat a lot of salads when we go out and I must keep reminding myself to ask for the dressing on the side. I have perfected the art of knowing how much 2 tablespoons are when I pour from the bottle at home, so I can use that to my advantage when I'm eating out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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i act like i am allergic to things....or diebetic or something.<br>
like i CAN'T have it<br>
it makes it easier<br><br>
i really can't have sugar or white flour or dairy<br>
or i do feel sick<br>
so that pretty much cuts out all foods that could be bad for you<br>
oh and i only eat organic food, so i can't really go out to eat, but<br>
the above<br>
helps me when i am at potlucks and dinner parties.
 
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