Going out to Restaurants

  • reload16

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    Aug 12, 2009 3:32 AM GMT
    Hey guys,

    So I wanted to know what some of you do to stay healthy when eating out at restaurants?

    I typically go out to eat 2 or 3 days a week. Usually on friday, saturday and sometimes sundays. The rest of the days I eat at home.


    When I do remmember to eat healthy at restaurants I usually do these things:
    salad dressing on the side or order oil and vinegar on the side
    fish or seafood that is grilled or baked and without salt
    Not eat as much bread in the begining before the meal lol


    I wanted to get more tips as to how most of you still stay healthy while going out to eat at restaurants? Because alot of the times restaurants meals are like over 1000 calories for what looks like a somewhat healthy meal.


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    Apr 18, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    Almost everyplace cooks to order. You can even order healthy at a fast food joint. My rules:

    - nothing fried, breaded or battered
    - only steamed, boiled, baked, poached or grilled
    - sweet potato instead of white
    - no white processed food, only whole grains or even better, substitute vegetables
    - brown rice instead of white
    - if pasta (rarely), whole wheat instead of white
    - only beverage is water
    - no bread
    - no salt or MSG (most other seasonings okay)
    - minimize or avoid dairy
    - no cheese
    - no mayo
    - no butter
    - no cream sauce
    - any other sauce or dressings on the side
    - except for cheat nights, no dessert except fresh fruit
    - if fast food, just grilled chicken salad with straight vinegar or a grilled chicken breast sandwich (or two) minus the bread and sauce

    Note that I like to eat. I once went to an all-you-can-eat lobster buffet and first had dozens of shrimp, mussels, crab legs, oysters and clams at the raw bar, then had NINE large lobster tails and claws with only lemon juice or cocktail sauce, saving a few dips into the drawn butter for last. I not only didn't get sick and could've eaten even more but I lost another couple pounds over the next two days of normal eating.
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    Apr 18, 2012 5:51 AM GMT
    Good grief. I go out to eat 2 or 3 times a year. Eat whatever the fuck I want.
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    Apr 18, 2012 6:09 AM GMT
    This is what I would do- If you have access to a nutrition menu, figure out a protein ratio. Figure out how many grams of protein you want, and how many calories you can eat for the day and divide the calories by the grams of protein to get a certain ratio. For example, if I want to eat roughly 3500 calories and 270 grams of protein, my calories-to-protein ratio would be 13, so I'd want to eat around that much per meal.
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    Apr 18, 2012 6:12 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidGood grief. I go out to eat 2 or 3 times a year. Eat whatever the fuck I want.


    this

    edit- eh that's probably a lie...maybe once every 3-4 weeks, often less than that. If at any point it gets to be more often than that I'm like geez I'm eating out a lot! And I guess it doesn't count when I'm traveling and eating out every day...
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:26 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    mindgarden saidGood grief. I go out to eat 2 or 3 times a year. Eat whatever the fuck I want.


    this

    edit- eh that's probably a lie...maybe once every 3-4 weeks, often less than that. If at any point it gets to be more often than that I'm like geez I'm eating out a lot! And I guess it doesn't count when I'm traveling and eating out every day...


    WTF, you guys live in places with cheap eats. Why not go out more?
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:27 AM GMT
    I order a grilled chicken breast with unbuttered steamed veggies.
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:33 AM GMT
    cold said
    Ariodante said
    mindgarden saidGood grief. I go out to eat 2 or 3 times a year. Eat whatever the fuck I want.


    this

    edit- eh that's probably a lie...maybe once every 3-4 weeks, often less than that. If at any point it gets to be more often than that I'm like geez I'm eating out a lot! And I guess it doesn't count when I'm traveling and eating out every day...


    WTF, you guys live in places with cheap eats. Why not go out more?


    It's cheaper to eat at home =D If I had someone I could frequently go out to eat with I would probably go out more though.
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:35 AM GMT
    I indulge and enjoy the food I'm eating since I usually prefer to cook my own food. It's nice and refreshing and I consider it a treat personally to go out and experience something outside my kitchen. I know how my body works and I know that eating out a few times each month won't ruin or throw me off balance.

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    Apr 18, 2012 7:36 AM GMT
    Check for the use of MSG (monosodium glutamate). It is a tenderizer and flavor enhancer, and does a fantastic job on taste. However, it is probably the leading cause of heartburn in the country, and some people are unduly sensitive to it, causing tachycardia among other symptoms. It is used in all sort of processed foods and canned foods one buys in the grocery store; read the labels. For people who have to limit their intake of sodium (Na), limiting their use of table sale sodium chloride (NaCl), MSG also provides a free sodium ion as table salt does.

    The easiest way to recognize MSG "poisoning" when one cannot read a label is as follows: If you are eating a food which you normally have eaten with its "usual" taste and this time it tastes utterly fantastic, the best you've ever had in your life, then the chances are excellent that the chef has loaded it to excess with MSG. If you continue to eat it, a couple hours later you likely will have a massive heartburn, as the MSG "tenderizes" your stomach. (Examples: "best" swordfish steak I ever had; seafood restaurant on wharf in Oxnard--up all night with painful heartburn. "best" soup, nicknamed "cream of MSG", local restaurant, where two soupspoons full were enough to induce the heartburn.) MSG is often added to season tortilla chips in Mexican restaurants, of which one can easily overeat. Also, it's widely used in Chinese restaurants although usually not to excess.
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:38 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    cold said
    Ariodante said
    mindgarden saidGood grief. I go out to eat 2 or 3 times a year. Eat whatever the fuck I want.


    this

    edit- eh that's probably a lie...maybe once every 3-4 weeks, often less than that. If at any point it gets to be more often than that I'm like geez I'm eating out a lot! And I guess it doesn't count when I'm traveling and eating out every day...


    WTF, you guys live in places with cheap eats. Why not go out more?


    It's cheaper to eat at home =D If I had someone I could frequently go out to eat with I would probably go out more though.

    Aw, come to Australia. I love dining out. I'm a terrible cook and this way I don't have to clean either.
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:43 AM GMT
    cold said
    Aw, come to Australia. I love dining out. I'm a terrible cook and this way I don't have to clean either.


    I think that's why going out isn't too attractive to me, I cook every day 365 days out of the year. I'll cook for you =D That way we have yummy food and you're stuck cleaning afterwards, EVERYONE WINS!!!
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:44 AM GMT
    ^You like cooking?
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:46 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    7Famark said^You like cooking?
    I actually like cooking and doing the dishes... I'm weird...


    The liking to cook part isn't so weird, not sure I'm on board with the dishes part.
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:46 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    cold said
    Aw, come to Australia. I love dining out. I'm a terrible cook and this way I don't have to clean either.


    I think that's why going out isn't too attractive to me, I cook every day 365 days out of the year. I'll cook for you =D That way we have yummy food and you're stuck cleaning afterwards, EVERYONE WINS!!!

    You enjoy cooking? Maybe we could eat on disposable plates and my time could be better spent eating various cheeses.
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:47 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    7Famark said^You like cooking?
    I actually like cooking and doing the dishes... I'm weird...

    I will marry you.

    ... and by marry I mean trap you in some kind of debt bondage situation.
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:55 AM GMT
    cold said
    Trollileo said
    7Famark said^You like cooking?
    I actually like cooking and doing the dishes... I'm weird...

    I will marry you.
    ... and by marry I mean trap you in some kind of debt bondage situation.
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    Apr 18, 2012 7:57 AM GMT
    cold said
    Ariodante said
    cold said
    Aw, come to Australia. I love dining out. I'm a terrible cook and this way I don't have to clean either.


    I think that's why going out isn't too attractive to me, I cook every day 365 days out of the year. I'll cook for you =D That way we have yummy food and you're stuck cleaning afterwards, EVERYONE WINS!!!

    You enjoy cooking? Maybe we could eat on disposable plates and my time could be better spent eating various cheeses.


    But...I want you hunched over a sink icon_sad.gif be-aproned and with pruned hands from scouring the various pans, pots, utensils and dishes I will needlessly dirty just to give you more cleaning work <3
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    Apr 18, 2012 8:34 AM GMT

    I don't worry about it too much. Being a vegetarian already limits what i can eat. It really depends on the restaurant.

    I go to Red Robbin with friends every week. There, I usually get a garden burger and have fruit instead of fries. I normally don't really eat a lot but I do sometimes inhale my garden burgers for some reason.

    I don't drink soda or alcohol so that alone saves a lot of calories.



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    Apr 18, 2012 8:47 AM GMT
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    Yeah - trying to get on now and again.
    Haven't seen your posts around either - have you been taking a break too?
    <3

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    But...I want you hunched over a sink icon_sad.gif be-aproned and with pruned hands from scouring the various pans, pots, utensils and dishes I will needlessly dirty just to give you more cleaning work <3

    You always know exactly what to say. You're so charming. You'll have to take care of me though, I'd be fragile from water-logged deterioration.
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    Apr 18, 2012 9:37 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidAlmost everyplace cooks to order. You can even order healthy at a fast food joint. My rules:

    - nothing fried, breaded or battered
    - only steamed, boiled, baked, poached or grilled
    - sweet potato instead of white
    - no white processed food, only whole grains or even better, substitute vegetables
    - brown rice instead of white
    - if pasta (rarely), whole wheat instead of white
    - only beverage is water
    - no bread
    - no salt or MSG (most other seasonings okay)
    - minimize or avoid dairy
    - no cheese
    - no mayo
    - no butter
    - no cream sauce
    - any other sauce or dressings on the side
    - except for cheat nights, no dessert except fresh fruit
    - if fast food, just grilled chicken salad with straight vinegar or a grilled chicken breast sandwich (or two) minus the bread and sauce

    Note that I like to eat. I once went to an all-you-can-eat lobster buffet and first had dozens of shrimp, mussels, crab legs, oysters and clams at the raw bar, then had NINE large lobster tails and claws with only lemon juice or cocktail sauce, saving a few dips into the drawn butter for last. I not only didn't get sick and could've eaten even more but I lost another couple pounds over the next two days of normal eating.


    ^^^^ This. - However if you don't want to think that hard about it - look to see if the restaurant has a "lighter side" menu. For instance - a chain restuaruant like Chili's. Not one of their current salads is on the light menu. However, you can order the margarita lime chicken and ask them to leave off the tortilla strips and it's a reasonable meal that rings in at about 650 calories. --

    You might do some advance research - look at their menu online.

    When in doubt - go with a salad (dressing on the side) - or steamed veggies - and the leanest protein you can see. That's usually what I do.
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    Apr 18, 2012 9:39 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    cold said
    Trollileo said
    7Famark said^You like cooking?
    I actually like cooking and doing the dishes... I'm weird...
    I will marry you.

    ... and by marry I mean trap you in some kind of debt bondage situation.
    Uh... What?

    Edit: Also, that was my favorite kill from The Walking Dead.


    Well I do all the cooking at home. Thus when we go out (my man and I), I never have to pay for dinner, and am allowed to pick whatever I wish, I even get to pick the resturants too. Sure the cost of living in America is bloody cheap comparied to Oz, yet many Americans would not like to hear that as it's all relavent; just as me spending $50:00AU and Jamenesse take away (to go in USA)to me it's not expensive, thats just what it costs, and I'm happy to pay that.
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    Apr 18, 2012 3:02 PM GMT
    onaquest said
    ...a chain restuaruant like Chili's. Not one of their current salads is on the light menu. However, you can order the margarita lime chicken and ask them to leave off the tortilla strips and it's a reasonable meal that rings in at about 650 calories.
    That's so funny; I've been to a Chili's just once in my life, that's exactly the one thing I ordered and that's what I did. (Though I think I also substituted a side of black beans for something.)
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    Apr 18, 2012 3:23 PM GMT
    I eat out a few times in a year. And when I do I eat whatever I want.

    I do all my food prep on the weekend. I dont have a prob eating leftovers. That way I dont have to bother cooking during the week.
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    Apr 18, 2012 3:30 PM GMT
    Breing that I travel a lot for my job, and they pay for meals when traveling. I eat out A LOT....all three meals a day, 5 days a week sometimes...

    I thought I'd totally love it and be all snobby about it and order appetizers, draaanks, entrees, etc. I'm actualy pretty bland. I always order a glass of water for a drink. . .

    and will get an entree consisting of a meat, a starch (like a potato or something else) and a vegetable....

    so I try and balance as much as I can....
    My problem is the morning time...and starbucks. I get their super-sugary fancy $6 coffees and their breakfast sandwich... sooo goood omg. nom nom