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Healthy Tricks When Dining Out

Speak Up: What Are Your Healthy Tricks When Dining Out?

Going out to eat is meant to be fun, but when you're trying to watch your waistline, the experience can be more overwhelming than anything. While it's true that healthy eating is much easier when you dine at home, you shouldn't deny yourself the occasional pleasure of eating at your favorite restaurants. Before hitting up one of my personal faves for a relaxing meal made by someone else, I remind myself of little tricks to make good choices. What tricks do you use when dining out?


blueyedbombshell blueyedbombshell 8 years
I eat very slowly and guzzle diet coke in between every bite... i seriously go through about 8 diet cokes per meal. its probably not the most healthy way to do things, but its filling and keeps me from eating too much.
maddie522 maddie522 8 years
avoid bread, savor a glass of wine, and give my husband half my entree. i rarely enjoy leftovers so i don't bother to pack them up.
Advah Advah 8 years
No real tricks, if I eat out I want to enjoy my food and not feel any pressure about what I should eat. I usually eat just a bit of bread is if it looks really good and homemade (I'm not a big bread person) and drinks lots of water - but that's because I want to enjoy all the food I order and not feel full after starters only because I've stuffed myself with bread!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 8 years
I order a cheeseburger with extra mayo and gorge myself =)
sandy82 sandy82 8 years
I look at the menu before I go but that's about it. I go out to eat 1-4x a week but I dunno.. I like to enjoy myself. It's hard for me to restrict myself when I'm at a restaurant. I just try not to go overboard and then I workout a little harder the next day.
cnyc1a cnyc1a 8 years
I do portion control. I always have a salad for myself and a glass of wine and depending on what the entree is , I share it. For example last night I went to Delfina. Shared with two of my girlfriends warm marinated olives, Insalate Tri-colore, Tuna Conserva, and a sinful pizza called Purgatory. It was delicious but we shared and now off to the beach to do yoga!!
omigosh omigosh 8 years
sheesh i cant believe some of these replies here isn't going out to dinner supposed to be a treat? i say order whatever you want. eating something high in calories one night isn't gonna make you fat maybe if you go out to dinner every night you should be careful, but i mean once every few weeks eating whatever you like isn't bad!
ladolcealana ladolcealana 8 years
I live in a small city, so most of the restraunts in my area are generally lacking in Vegetarian options. When I go out, if there's nothing Vegetarian on the menu, I'll ask for alternatives, which will normally be some form of salad. I don't go out very often, but when I do I don't want to be monitoring every single calorie that goes into my mouth. I want to have a good time, otherwise what's the point of going out at all? Wouldn't it be easier to make a meal for yourself at home that fits inside the food boundries you're wanting to follow?
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
I don't often eat out, so I get what I want. However, I avoid heavy cream sauces, fried stuff, mayo, added butter and other unhealthy foods that don't really add to my pleasure. Also, I love salad bars!
EastVillageAmy EastVillageAmy 8 years
If i know where I'm going I'll check their menu online and pick out something and then budget the rest of my day's calories accordingly. Sometimes I go healthy, sometimes I splurge. Or occasionally I will just flat out splurge, within reason and just run a little more than usual the next day.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
No real tricks while I'm eating out...if I eat out, I'm going to let myself eat what I what, however much I feel like. The only "tricks" I have is searching the menu for things that are grilled or baked instead of fried - because I can't eat them, not because I don't want to! If it's a buffet or something, though, every time I go through the line I pack my plate with fresh fruits and veggies before I get anything else. I'll get full off of the healthy stuff first.
switchmeup switchmeup 8 years
I stay away from pasta dishes cause I can eat that like there's no tomorrow...I usually get fish/chicken for the entree...if I find a yummy-sounding salad I always ask if I can get grilled shrimp/chicken for protein since its more satisfying that way...I usually pick at the appetizers and have a few bites if I want it [usually my boyfriend orders whatever he wants]...everything in moderation! :)
mek123 mek123 8 years
Split the entree and stay away from the bread basket
karina2244 karina2244 8 years
don't touch the bread basket!
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
I always go to the website and view the menu, preplanning what to order based on my nutrition needs.
Alithyra Alithyra 8 years
I'll make sure to order the vegetable of the day over something fried. I'll usually only eat about half my entree and I'll skip the appetizer and desert.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I know it's probably a pain for the chef, but I am always very "high maintenance" at restaurants. I order my veggies steamed with no butter/oil/salt on them and I always order a salad with the dressing on the side. A lot of times, I'll order an entree salad, but I'll make it healthier by asking for them to not put cheese on it and put only half the chicken on it (and I ask for the chicken to be grilled). I also avoid the free bread and I order water or tea to drink instead of a mixed drink or a beer or something. Also, I never get dessert because it's always super expensive, so I just get coffee and put half and half and a little sugar or Splenda in it and it tastes just like dessert, but it's a lot lower in calories.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well my fiance and iwill typically share a dish. we'll also usually share a salad too like a caprese or something that's easy - and that way we're eating smaller portions. we also rarely order dessert.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
The only thing I do is order my dressing on the side, for my salad. But with two young daughters, we don't go out to eat all that often, so if I want something heavy or fried, I'll get it. I'll also tack on an extra 30 minutes of cardio at the gym the day of and the day after!
Tiger_Lily Tiger_Lily 8 years
(I should get new friends heh)
Tiger_Lily Tiger_Lily 8 years
ah dining out is a toughy... my friends always make me feel like a party pooper when I don't want to share something unhealthy with them. The worst part is I usually give in, eat it, and don't enjoy it knowing how bad it is for me.
misskacie misskacie 8 years
I ask for necessary changes to the menu items. It's amazing how quickly restaurants will allow me to alter menu items to be healthier after I tell them I'm diabetic. (I am actually diabetic and it's a great reason to live healthy!) Seems with that piece of info restaurant staff is much less likely to roll their eyes and much more likely to worry about liability. Haha! For what it's worth, I've known people to lie about diabetes, etc. for this very reason. They get healthier choices in a snap. To each her own. Also seconding what kscincotta said about not finishing everything.
danni2009 danni2009 8 years
I avoid the bread basket, don't drink alcohol/calorific drinks and try not to eat my entire plate of food...and attempt to pick the healthiest thing on the menu.
kashore kashore 8 years
-Choose the healthiest sides (vegetable of the day over fries) -Be creative - sometimes 2 apps is better than 1 entree (and you get more variety!) -Soup and salad, with dressing on the side of course -Go for filling over rich - e.g. a bowl of mussels is much healthier than an portion of artichoke cheese dip
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