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Mission 29: Enjoy Eating Out

Now that you’re seriously on the weight-loss path, you’re going to have to make some sacrifices. For instance: No more eating out.

Just kidding!

Of course you can be slim and have a fun life – one that includes eating out!

You simply need to have a few tricks up your sleeve for navigating the menu, the ordering process and the dessert cart.

In this mission we’ll set you up to enjoy eating out while staying true to your weight loss goal. And I’ll share some of my favorite strategies for planning ahead and ordering strategically.

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4 thoughts on “Mission 29: Enjoy Eating Out

  1. Terry Currie says:

    My group has researched the following restaurants:
    Panera Bread: Healthy: Delicious, nutrient-packed combos like a half–Turkey Artichoke on focaccia bread with a bowl of black bean or garden vegetable soup. Bad for your health: Sticky buns & cheese Danishes are on display at the counter.
    Noodles & Company: Healthy: The whole-grain linguine—usually hard to find when eating out. Bad for your health: The desserts. The only options are two kinds of cookies & a Rice Krispy Treat bar that checks in at 530 calories & 19 grams of fat!
    Chipotle: Healthy: Burrito Bowls, which let you skip the tortilla—and the extra carbs. Bad for your health:
    The dark side of a buffet is that you can go wild. So you have to go light on cheese & sour cream.
    Atlanta Bread: Healthy: The entrée salads like Salsa Fresca Salmon Salad: grilled wild Alaskan salmon filet on greens with fire-roasted black bean and corn salsa and pineapple-mango vinaigrette. Bad
    for your health: Pasta entrees at some locations are offered with bread … that’s a whole lotta carbs!
    McDonalds: Healthy: The chains 260-to 270-calorie Snack Wraps (choose grilled chicken) for protein without a lot of unwanted carbs. Danger zone: Although McDonalds made our list, this is still the land
    of supersizing & giant sodas. It’s up to you to request a small.
    Here are the healthiest restaurant chains:
    Subway
    #1 they have taken over McDonald’s
    Bruegger’s Bagels
    Jersey Mike’s Subs
    Panda Express Chinese Restaurant
    El Pollo Loco Mexican
    Strategies for planning ahead and ordering strategically:
    1. Go online to local restaurants and check their menus for healthy eating and
    lower in calories.
    2. Steer clear of buffets and all-you-can eat –the path of least resistance
    tends to be a full plate – you eat too much and unhealthy.
    Ordering Strategically: Ask for fruit.
    1. Salad [have dressing on the side] Goal is to use none or less dressing].
    2. Skip the bread = easy sacrifice. Whole Wheat bread is better for you.
    3. Choose lean meats, poultry, game or seafood: shrimp; mild fish = these are
    good for you.
    4. You want your food grilled, baked, broiled or crock pot or roasted for healthier eating.
    5. Avoid dishes with creamy or cheesy sauces.
    6. Pasta: opt for tomato-based [healthier] plenty of vegetables and seafood.
    7. Ask for salad or vegetables instead of fries. Burger King has apple and
    chicken fries.
    8. Order a side of steamed vegetables.
    9. If this is a large meal you have ordered – ask for to go container – place half
    the meal in the container and take home to stretch your food. You don’t want to
    waste the food – you can get one more meal out of it.
    10. Share a dessert – ask the waiter to bring and extra plate to share with your dinner date.
    11. Park away from the restaurant in good weather so you can have a walk after
    dinner. Park close in inclement weather!

  2. Kylie Browne says:

    Having little kids we don’t eat out very often, so my main goal here is to splurge strategically! I do avoid the creamy options and limit the pieces of bread prior to the meal. I also take particular care in other meals that day to ensure my calorie intake isn’t ridiculous.

  3. Terry Currie says:

    Strategies for planning ahead and ordering strategically:
    1. Go online to local restaurants and check their menus for healthy eating and lower in calories.
    2. Steer clear of buffets and all-you-can eat –the path of least resistance tends to be a full plate – you eat too much and unhealthy.
    Ordering Strategically:
    1. Salad [have dressing on the side] Goal is to use none or less dressing].
    2. Skip the bread = easy sacrifice.
    3. Choose lean meats, poultry, game or seafood = these are good for you.
    4. You want your food grilled or roasted for healthier eating.
    5. Avoid dishes with creamy or cheesy sauces.
    6. Pasta: opt for tomato-based [healthier] plenty of vegetables and seafood.
    7. Ask for salad or vegetables instead of fries.
    8. Order a side of steamed vegetables.
    9. If this is a large meal you have ordered – ask for a to go container – place half the meal in the container and take home to stretch your food.
    10. Share a dessert – ask the waiter to bring and extra plate.
    11. Park away from the restaurant so you can have a walk after dinner.

  4. Danielle Desjardins says:

    I will be going away for a few days next week and we will be eating regularly in the restaurants, so I am planning to eat a lot of grilled salmon and lots of veggies and fruits. I will be continuing my daily 2-3 hour walks to maintain my weight and not gain:) Looking forward for my husband to see me with all those 31 pounds off and 13 inches off also. I haven’t seen him since the end of April. It will be a good surprise for him:)

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