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Healthy Tips For Dining Out

Your Tricks For Dining Out Without Porking Out

I live in a foodie town and sometimes I feel like dining out is a sport here in SF. With menus full of decadent foods, it's hard not to be tempted to overindulge, which can be bad news for your waistline. I appreciate you sharing some of your tricks for dining out without throwing your healthy ways out the window. Here are some of your helpful suggestions:

  • "When I eat out, I focus on portion control. I order what sounds good to me on the menu, which is not necessarily what is labeled as a healthy choice. When I get the item, I divide it in half (or even in a third if it's an extra large portion) and I only eat one half and box the other half." — kimmieb124
  • "I usually look up the menu and the nutrition prior to going out. I pick out something that won't go over calorie limit and I get psyched for it." — belle28
  • Deidre says, "I think the biggest thing for me is eating slowly and making sure to talk a lot. Socialization is a big part of the reason I'm dining out to begin with, right? By eating slower I fill up on less, so I can take the leftovers home for later."
  • "I never go on a completely empty stomach, I always have a small snack bar (about 120 to 150 calories) in my purse just in case — I will eat it even if I am waiting 30 minutes for a table. I always make sure my blood sugar is level so I don't scarf down everything in sight." — lemuse20
  • An anonymous reader wrote, "I prefer to split an entree and avoid leftovers so I can get back to clean eating the next day. Restaurant food always has a lot of sodium and, for me, the more I consume, the more it tends to trigger sodium cravings."
  • "What I do is when I know I will be eating out, I eat very responsibly the rest of the day." — Anonymous
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