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Healthy Eating While Eating Out!

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Today, my mom is taking on the topic of one of the most frequently asked questions we get… How To Survive The Restaurant. I must admit, I am awful when it comes to eating out. I have a huge appetite which can really get me in trouble. I have a rule that my girlfriend hates, but I try to stick to… only 1 night of eating out per week. (I think she would go every night) This not only saves money, but many calories. In this post my mom gives great practical advice.


Last week’s blogging was phenomenal, not just the volume (with a little administrative incentive!), but the content was so very very useful and at times in-your-face.…who can forget the:

“what you eat today you wear tomorrow”


“a minute on the lips, forever on the hips”!!!!

Those little ditties will haunt us at all future sites of temptation. Needless to say, we are still in business and this week we get to share our tricks when eating out-a different scene from the potlucks and grad parties, etc.

Depending on the size of the servings, one of the easiest ways to do it smart at a restaurant is to split a meal with a companion; if that doesn’t work out, ask for a take-home container brought with your meal and immediately stash half of it. Our country has become famous for SUPERsizing meals; let’s sabotage it all by splitting meals and DOWNsizing ourselves!

I think you can’t go wrong choosing some kind of well prepared fish, with certain guidelines, like asking if the salmon is wild caught Alaskan vs. farm raised. I try to always stay away from any farm raised fish, but Angela (Dustin’s sister) had a chart from a college class that made some exceptions, so I will not try to be an expert here! If only the breaded version is available, simply peel off the coating. Walleye and tilapia are other good choices, asking for them to bake or broil it for you without any added fats or sauces and simply use some fresh lemon juice. Now what you eat with this healthy entrĂ©e is what will make or break this meal, as we all well know! Several sides of your less starchy vegetables, such as steamed asparagus, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. will be your best choice; however, if it’s carb-loaded veggies you are making room for, a small baked potato with some light sour cream or a small serving of sweet potatoes will not bust you; always remember that size can be the killer even more than small “cheats”. It goes without saying that the dinner roll is best left covered up in the basket, or removed from the table if you are all of one mind. Read More