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Eating out a Challenge!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

--There is so much to learn about "'eating out""---
I still have problems----
In the book, "The End Of Diabetes"", by Joel Fuhrman, he recommends we choose restaurants with healthy options. He says to eat early so the staff will have time to modify a dish. If it's breakfast, go for oatmeal and fruit--no bagels. For lunch and dinner, ask for steamed vegetables to accompany your main dish-no white rice or pasta.
Stay away from soups which are made ahead and loaded with salt.
Order a double sized salad perhaps-- Tell the server to NOT bring bread to the table.
Sometimes, heading to a grocery store and boosting your meals with nuts and fruits in season, help.

I find eating out, a challenge. In our area, we really have no healthy restaurants----
Son #1 owns a popular restaurant in our town---He maintains that people desire all the creamy pasta and garlic breads as eating out is their treat---but---(The big "'butt"")----for me, I have to eat to live, and it's a challenge for me to create a healthy meal .
But it can be done if I plan ahead---

Happy St Paddy's Day Sparkly people!
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    I love to cook at home and have made it a priority to cook healthy meals. DH and I eat out rarely and so when we do it is a treat.for us. I like it that way it saves money and it is not a challenged any more. Love your blogs Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2501 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    emoticon Happy St. Paddy's Day to you too!!! emoticon
    2501 days ago
  • ANNIE924
    Eating out is a real challenge for me also. I read this blog this morning before I went to church - we had a pot luck lunch after the service. Your blog inspired me to make healthy choices. I chose green salad, roast chicken and ham, and I did indulge in a small serving of a casserole that looked good. I didn't even look at the dessert table. Imaging that. emoticon

    So thank you for the inspiration.

    Maybe you can convince your son to offer a few healthier options at his restaurant in honor of his wonderful mama.

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    2501 days ago
    Happy St Paddy's day!!!!
    2502 days ago
    Since I have gotten so serious about what I eat, I don't eat out but if I had to it would be baked fish and salad.
    2502 days ago
    Yea - eating out is tough. Since I try to go low carb, the good tasting fat in many dishes is not a problem for me, providing I can manage some portion control. I keep working at it. Thanks for sharing your experience.
    2502 days ago
    I am in your camp! I have to eat to live! But if all else fails I order an appetizer and am done with it!

    HUGS and here's a emoticon toast to you on St. Patrick's Day! May you always have the luck of the Irish!
    2502 days ago
  • no profile photo SWIMLOVER
    As mentioned you do have to find what works for you. I do what someone else had mention also and that is asking for more veggies and not the potatoes. Usually a Greek will have healthy food options. Actually, most resturants do but you have to ask.

    2502 days ago
  • GABY1948
    I LOVE to eat out and we do often. Not at Pasta places etc. though. I can almost always find a Reuben and I have them replace the corned beef with turkey but I have it with the sauerkraut and dh always brings home the fries or chips that come with it. I can almost always find a sandwich which I love but always have NO sauce...not even on the side. You just have to find what works for you and DO it. I'm sure it is different for each of us.

    Happy St. Paddy's Day to you too, Lynda! Have a great one!
    2502 days ago
    I have determined that it is easier and makes for a happier me if I make all my own food. I know what's in it, and I am not tempted to eat things I do not want or need. But that was after trying to figure out ways of doing the restaurant thing regardless of diabetes. It didn't work so instead of fighting, I relinquished the battle and I'm winning with staying home. It's better for me all the way around.

    I hope you find a happy in your eating dilemma. It isn't easy, but you have to keep at it and it will happen.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! emoticon
    2502 days ago
    It's always a tough challenge.....it's one of the things I had to come to terms with early in SP because I travel and eat out a lot.

    But it is possible! Little things like you describe (no bread, easy on the starches) work. I order up double servings of veggies in lieu of baked potatoes or fries.

    I drink a big glass of water while ordering off the menu. I've also switched to a low carb lifestyle and have found this is quite easy to maintain from eating at posh restaurants to going to Golden Corral!

    Good luck & keep at it!
    2502 days ago
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