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Dining Out

Dining Out’s No Problem

Eating out is always a challenge when you’re trying to follow a plan. You have to make quick decisions based on a menu that someone else has dreamt up. Then when the food arrives, you have to re-evaluate proper portions.

 

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  • Appropriate arrangements. Sometimes choosing the right restaurant is the key. Most eateries now offer healthier items, but it’s smart to research the restaurant before you go. You can find many menus online now—do a little research to choose a restaurant that will have more options for you and have a game plan for when it comes time to order.
  • Activate the portion patrol. In general, portions are larger than ever. Ask for a To-Go box before you start eating, that way you can divide the meal into more proper serving sizes. Eat some now and save the rest for later.
  • Avoid a sneak attack. Dressings and condiments are loaded with added sugar and sodium! Order sauces and dressings on the side so you can control how much goes onto your food. Avoid them altogether with healthy alternatives like a spritz of fresh lemon or a sprinkle of vinegar.
  • Adjust accordingly. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and request modifications to your meal. Most restaurants allow substitutions (like steamed or grilled chicken instead of fried) and all-together omissions. 
  • Accessorize aptly. Check out the sides that are offered—look for veggies that are steamed, grilled, or sauteed and avoid starchy vegetables such as potatoes.