Sometimes it is challenging, but it can be done. Here are some restaurant survival tips:
- Go for variety. Choose restaurants that have a variety of menu choices, including healthy ones.
- Get two meals for the price of one. It’s easy to overeat if it’s in front of you. Get a “to go” box before you start eating and put half the meal in the box. You avoid temptation and get a meal for another time.
- Share a meal, appetizer or dessert. Ask for an extra plate or have the server spilt it before it is served.
- Ask for the lunch portion. It’s usually smaller than a dinner portion.
- Order off the appetizer menu instead of an entrée for your meal. It’s enough food and if you splurge on a higher calorie item, you won’t be tempted to overeat.
- Beware buffets. Avoid all-you-can-eat buffets and supersize specials. The temptation to overeat is just too great!
- Understand the menu.
o Less fat: Baked, grilled, broiled, steamed, poached, roasted, stir-fried, lightly sautéed.
o More fat: Creamed, buttered, breaded, fried, sautéed, au gratin.
- Have it on the side. Order gravies, sauces and dressings on the side. You can control how much is used and a little adds big taste.
- Have it your way. Don’t be afraid to make special requests. Ask for a baked potato instead of fries.
- Don’t drink your calories. Stick to unsweetened drinks or water.