Eating healthy while going out?

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    Oct 05, 2010 8:30 PM GMT
    I have a boyfriend that treats me out to eat a lot (spoiled icon_sad.gif ). It ends up being really hard to manage what I eat in a day, calorie-wise. Does anyone have any tips or favorite dishes to eat when going out? It's awful hard to judge what's in food without a nutritional sheet but what are some basic things you look for when reading off those oh-so-lavish meals?
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    Oct 05, 2010 11:41 PM GMT
    Avoid cream-based dressings and sauces, consider ordering a couple light appetizers en lieu of of the entree. Even a "healthy" entree can be a caloric bomb considering increasing portion sizes.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Oct 05, 2010 11:47 PM GMT
    well that is kind hard to tell you what to eat when we don't really know where you are going to eat.
    if i were you i would stay away from red meat after 4pm. try to stay away from bread, rice unless brown or wild rice. also stay away from white sauces and ask for red sauces
  • rioriz

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    Oct 06, 2010 1:42 AM GMT
    I always order sandwich without the bun sometimes and always get fresh vegetables. Also get water...no reason to pile up on calories with sodas or beers
  • DanOmatic

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    Oct 06, 2010 1:54 AM GMT
    If you eat out alot, it's hard to eat healthy because most foods are prepared with lots of butter and salt to make them taste better. You're pretty much stuck with special orders if you want to keep it healthy, which sort of defeats the purpose of going to a nice restaurant.

    I would just say to my bf that eating out is nice and all, but you'd really rather have some simpler fare at home. Offer to cook every now and then--that way you determine what's on the menu.

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    Oct 06, 2010 2:04 AM GMT
    Skip the bread and stay away from pasta dishes.

    Chicken instead of meat and it should be grilled or broiled, not fried. Hold the sauce of scrape most of it off.

    Stay away from potatoes and starchy vegetables and opt for veggies like broccoli or asparagus.

    Entree salads can be a decent choice IF you ask for the dressing on the side and only eat about half of what you're brought.

    Just a few tips. Hope they help.
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    Oct 06, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    This thread title wins oxymoron of the year award.
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    Oct 06, 2010 2:13 AM GMT
    I eat lunch outside a lot, so mostly go with grilled chicken dishes, like a grilled chicken sandwich with whole grain bread and no mayo.
    Usually anything grilled with mashed potatoes on side (as am trying to gain), or green beans. Salads with balsamic vinegar dressing.
    Avoid eating anything Italian and Mexican, you won't find much healthy option in there.
    Oh yes skip the desert.
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    Oct 06, 2010 2:13 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThis thread title wins oxymoron of the year award.


    Ha - and I was looking for some words of wisdom from you Paul! icon_wink.gif
  • FredMG

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    Oct 06, 2010 2:13 AM GMT
    Learn your lean meats, and ask for double the veggies and no potatoes, salad dressing on the side, ask how things are prepared, or if it's like once a week don't sweat it, you're under 30, and you'll probably easily burn it off anyway. and don't feel bad about eating half and leaving it or taking it home.
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    Oct 06, 2010 2:16 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidThis thread title wins oxymoron of the year award.


    Ha - and I was looking for some words of wisdom from you Paul! icon_wink.gif
    I'll try not to mention going to Micky D's at 3am last night. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 06, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    sashaman said
    paulflexes saidThis thread title wins oxymoron of the year award.


    Ha - and I was looking for some words of wisdom from you Paul! icon_wink.gif
    I'll try not to mention going to Micky D's at 3am last night. icon_lol.gif


    Well I hope you got all the food groups. A Big Mac for the meat. Fries for your veggies. Milk shake for your dairy. And an apple pie for your fruit! icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 06, 2010 6:12 AM GMT
    Share your meal with your boyfriend! That's what I do icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 06, 2010 9:42 AM GMT
    astroFisico saidShare your meal with your boyfriend! That's what I do icon_biggrin.gif



    ^ This. You can either cut portion sizes or research (online, since it's mandated in most states for a restaurant to have nutritional info on their website) what the nutritional facts on each item are at the particular restuarant you plan to eat at. Write them down or print out a sheet. Lots of restaurants have low fat/low carb menus.
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    Oct 06, 2010 12:39 PM GMT
    Thanks guys, this was all really helpful! I do cook at home a lot, and when I do it's usually really healthy. What's a pain is that he eats whatever he wants and stays a twig. If I eat a french fry I blow up like a $3 hooker.
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    Oct 06, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    sashaman said
    paulflexes said
    sashaman said
    paulflexes saidThis thread title wins oxymoron of the year award.


    Ha - and I was looking for some words of wisdom from you Paul! icon_wink.gif
    I'll try not to mention going to Micky D's at 3am last night. icon_lol.gif


    Well I hope you got all the food groups. A Big Mac for the meat. Fries for your veggies. Milk shake for your dairy. And an apple pie for your fruit! icon_lol.gif
    Nope...5 piece Chicken Selects for my protein, fries for my starch and carbs, and Dr Pepper for my daily dose of high fructose fat syrup.
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    Oct 06, 2010 7:49 PM GMT
    my best advice is jsut try to cut back on friend things. do a side of veggie instead of fries.

    i used to jsut do salads, ....then i realized... some of those salads have like 1200 caleries! u might aswell get soemtime ur interested in when u go out.

    oh and i always do water instead of soda. i hate the idea of drinking calaries. unless ofcourse im getting schwastey with some beers or margaritas or soemthing!
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    Oct 07, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    Water instead of pop. (We call it pop here people... don't argue with me on the Soda thing)
    Try to eat more protein than other things. Attempt to avoid breaded, and go for a side of veggies.

    http://eatthisnotthatbook.com/uof/eatthisnotthatbook/

    It's a good site as well as a kick ass book. icon_biggrin.gif
  • nicelyproport...

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    Oct 07, 2010 9:10 PM GMT
    When I'm at a restaurant where the menu seems to lack any healthy choices, I tell the waitstaff that I'm a fitness model and that my livelihood depends on keeping in shape. Invariably I'm offered a healthy -- and tasty -- meal cooked with little added fat.
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    Oct 07, 2010 9:21 PM GMT
    nicelyproportioned saidWhen I'm at a restaurant where the menu seems to lack any healthy choices, I tell the waitstaff that I'm a fitness model and that my livelihood depends on keeping in shape. Invariably I'm offered a healthy -- and tasty -- meal cooked with little added fat.

    I'm sure you get a free super-size serving of eye-rolling whenever you grace everyone with your presence! icon_rolleyes.gif
  • nicelyproport...

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    Oct 08, 2010 1:35 PM GMT
    swimbikerun said
    nicelyproportioned saidWhen I'm at a restaurant where the menu seems to lack any healthy choices, I tell the waitstaff that I'm a fitness model and that my livelihood depends on keeping in shape. Invariably I'm offered a healthy -- and tasty -- meal cooked with little added fat.

    I'm sure you get a free super-size serving of eye-rolling whenever you grace everyone with your presence! icon_rolleyes.gif


    I misquoted myself above. When I'm traveling, if I'm especially concerned about the menu, I sometimes say that I work not as a fitness model but as a fit model -- the kind designers use to make sure their clothes are the correct size -- and that staying the same size is important.

    Yes, this might sound obnoxious, but for social and business reasons I often find myself at restaurants where eating healthfully is the last thing on anyone's minds. It has been said (by Anthony Bourdain, I believe) that a diner at a fine restaurant should expect to consume a stick-and-a-half of butter during his meal-- not to mention whatever other creams, meats, and other ingredients are included.

    If I tell the waitperson that I'm health-conscious -- that I worked very hard to lose the weight and that I don't want to risk regaining it -- no one wants to hear it. The chef feels offended that someone might suggest that his meals are less than healthy; the other diners don't want to be reminded about that stick-and-a-half of butter they're about to eat. By putting it in economic terms -- by saying that my livelihood depends on staying a certain size -- no one takes offense.

    My other option is simply not to eat everything, to stick to what looks healthy and to avoid what doesn't.

    And to dance it all off at a club later that night. icon_smile.gif