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4/6/11 10:05 A

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It's very rare that we eat out. It's only been once so far this year. Eating out is expensive and by eating at home or taking food with us, we have more control about what's in the food.

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4/5/11 6:54 P

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Lunches for work unless I'm actually organised enough to bring lunches - and I try to hit salad bars. Other than that, we don't go out often. The rare hockey game or some special occasion.

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3/28/11 6:36 P

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Not very often. We go out for birthdays or other special occasions. I sometimes go out with my friends, but not that much.

Going out is expensive, and we cook tasty food at home and with FAR less calories.

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3/28/11 12:04 P

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DH and I average about 1x/week. not including my going out for fancy coffee drinks every week. However, we ARE eating out less often. Especially since we 1) make much better food at home for less expensive, and 2) we only have one income right now.

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3/28/11 11:31 A

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Eating out usually is Friday to Sunday right now. But normally I'd like it to be only once a week. The only fast food places we go to are Five Guys (rarely), Panera Bread (mostly) and Chipotle (rarely). Otherwise, it's a sit down place.

The weekend situation is due to my DH. He likes to eat out a LOT.

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3/28/11 10:35 A

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Once or twice a month. But I do pick up fast food for my teens about once a week. emoticon

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3/28/11 6:17 A

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twice a month-not fast food

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3/27/11 11:56 P

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3-5 times a week, but it's real food, not fast food. A lot of it is due to crazy scheduling / late working / commute issues, some of it is client meetings, and a lot of it is working lunch meetings where the office caters lunch and everyone eats together. I'm quite comfortable with it and it's not a problem. Life happens, so I'd much rather learn how to deal with it now, in the controlled environment of SparkPeople, than when I'm trying to maintain!

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3/27/11 8:16 P

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A couple of times a week but I find that I'm much more comfortable eating at home where I know exactly the ingredients and portions. I try to go places that have online menus with nutritional info (love Panera) or if it's a local restaurant that doesn't have an online menu I try to eat lightly during the day to balance the dinner out, and I order lots of salads out. Eating out healthy can be hard 'cause you never know exactly what's in things unless they have an online menu.


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3/22/11 4:43 A

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we eat out alot. but when we do i always ask for a to go box. i put 1/2 in it before i eat so i stay with in my calorie range



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We eat out once or twice a month and never fast food.

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3/21/11 7:10 P

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We eat out a LOT. As in almost every day. We are trying to get out of the habit starting this week, if all goes well and I make it to the grocery store. One thing is that I often just don't have the energy when I get home and because of DH's commute he often doesn't have time to cook, hence the frequent eating out.

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3/21/11 4:37 P

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We generally never eat out it is too expensive for what you get. When we do eat out, I tend to treat myself just a little and not go overboard.

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3/21/11 1:36 P

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I now live with my daughter and son-in-law. We eat out more than I prefer but they are way to picky for me to feed them.

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3/21/11 1:32 P

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My husband and I dont eat out too often (bc its pricey and very high calorie) but when we do, we try our best to check out the online menu for nutrion facts - even though it can be difficult to find that information- we also do our best to stay away from fried foods or just share :)

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3/20/11 4:46 P

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The rare time we eat out I always regret it. First of all it costs and we are on a tight budget and I love the food I cook. I regret the far too many calories eating out gives us and it just does not taste as good or make me feel as good as the food I cook at home. That being said Charlie loves chinese and I don't particularly like it and that is usually what we eat when eating out.

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3/20/11 2:43 P

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Would love to eat out but rarely do any more for several reasons. If we do it is usually McDonalds or Burger King as a quick meal for the kids.



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3/20/11 1:27 P

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Too often!! We own a business (my husband is there 75 hours minimum a week) and I work full time outside of our business- plus we have a very involved 14 year old that we cart around everywhere. SO... we eat out too much. I only like to cook when I have all the ingredients and I hate grocery shopping!! I do use the Peapod service but during this time of year the truck can't make it up our mountian (hence the eating out during the winter).

I LOVE when it is warm and we use the grill often and sit out on our deck... I am looking forward to that!

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3/20/11 12:26 P

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When I lived in America, I used to eat out several times a week. I was single, eating out was cheap, and I HATE to cook. Now that I live in Holland, we rarely eat out. It is very expensive, and my husband doesn't enjoy being in a restaurant. So, I have now learned how to cook (although I still don't LIKE to cook) and eating out is a "treat" that is enjoyed maybe once every 6 months or so.

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3/20/11 12:24 P

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I eat out everyday because it's far cheaper where I live to do so and I get a better variety of food that way.

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3/20/11 11:41 A

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usually once a week - on Friday or saturday. I am now much more comfortable eating my own cooking, because I know what ingredients I use.

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3/20/11 10:45 A

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I do grocery shopping and errands with two friends every Monday. We eat lunch out on that day. Then if we do a movie during the week, we eat before or after. Better that theater snacks.We always eat out on birthdays, usually somewhere really nice. Have you noticed the really nice restaurants are actually better for your health than the cheaper ones? So I guess I would say two to three times a week, almost always for lunch. I check the menus on line, and usually find good nutrition reports. I try to go by them.

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3/20/11 10:25 A

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Rarely. We keep it to a bare minimum and if we do dine out its during the lunch hour usually on a Saturday or Sunday. I'd say maybe every few months.



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3/20/11 10:14 A

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I live alone so it is tempting. But the workers here in Wisconsin are taking a really big wage hit. I'll probably go into foreclosure. So I have meals at home and pack a lunch.

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3/20/11 10:09 A

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More often now that it just my daughter & me

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3/20/11 9:26 A

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I live alone so I usually end up eating out 2 or 3 times a week.

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3/20/11 9:08 A

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couple time a month with girlsfriends



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3/20/11 8:18 A

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We usually pick up dinner a couple times of week and then go out to eat every Friday night. Our schedules are pretty crazy on weeknights running from either school events, sports or music lessons, so we pick dinner up out of necessity. I like to go out on Friday nights to give myself a break, since I do all of the cooking and running around during the week!

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3/20/11 8:09 A

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Once every few months.

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3/20/11 7:34 A

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1 time per week

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3/20/11 1:45 A

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Only on special occasions... I love to cook and it's a lot less expensive emoticon

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3/20/11 1:12 A

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Since I have been unable to cook many days, DH and I eat out several times a week. When I feeel good we eat at home

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3/20/11 12:04 A

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Since retirement, my husband & I leave home for a weekend or 2 each month, and eat out then. We also go to an occasional church dinner, lunch out on shopping expedition, or visit a sandwich shop before a movie. Eating out is rough on our healthy eating plan - so hard to judge calories or other nutrients, sodium is always so high and portions so large, and, alas! my will power so low! emoticon

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3/19/11 11:52 P

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Regularly....I eat out daily with people ..

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only for very special occasions



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3/19/11 11:22 P

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Dinner out with the fam once per week (we take turns picking the place but most of us do take nutrition into account when picking). Saturday mornings my sister and I hit Starbucks. The rest of the time it's home cookin'.

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3/19/11 10:38 P

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The only we really go out to eat is when family comes to town. My father-in-law is visiting from Switzerland and so we are going to places they do not have over there. I dined out for lunch the entire week. I love to see him come to visit but I also love to see him go home (or at least my waistline does). LOL!!!!!

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once a week but it is planned so we can decide restaurants and menu choices

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3/19/11 10:16 P

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we go out to eat a couple times a week. usually just Subway for a healthy sandwich or Wendy's for a salad and chili. On special occasions, like a birthday or anniversary we will go to a more expensive restaurant.

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It's just me, and I practically never do because I can't afford it.

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a couple times a wk but when DH is at sea, I rarely do. Strange since he actually does all the cooking-it should be the other way around.

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We eat out at least once a week ... that's mainly because we are retired and we go out with another couple. We sometimes like to go our for a breakfast or a lunch too, but not often.

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I eat out at least 2 times a week.

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Rarely, We're spoiled on eating home cooked meals

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How often do you (and your family) eat out? :)

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