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Restaurant eating.....how to make it okay

Thursday, October 22, 2015

We eat out....A LOT! Now, before you think it's because I am too lazy to cook or am looking for an easy way for dinner, that is only half the story. We travel frequently on weekends to our granddaughter's gymnastics meets. That usually means at least one night in a hotel, which translates into eating out. This weekend, we will be gone 2 nights.

Breakfast is not an issue; we stay at hotels that have breakfast and I often get oatmeal or yogurt. I usually forgo the juice, as those are empty calories that I would love but know I don't need. Lunch and dinner can be a problem, depending on where we eat. My daughter NEVER eats fast food, so that is not an issue. But, sometimes I am limited on choices.

After the meet, our granddaughter usually gets to pick the restaurant since she has worked so hard (physically and mentally). Again, she, being her mother's daughter, is not much of a fast food eater; she would rather have fresh fruit than a cookie, so generally eats well. But, she often picks a pizza joint; salad is not always a menu choice, so I either limit myself to 1 slice of pizza and am hungry or eat more than I really want (should). Also, depending on what time her meet is, we might eat late (last time we ate dinner at 9:30p.m.)

We carry snacks with us, so have food for the trip to and from the meets and nighttime munchies. But, I struggle with those lunches and dinners.

How do I work with the unknown (we often don't know where we will eat until we get there)? Getting 4 adults and 2 children to agree on a place is difficult in the best of times. So, I drink lots of water during the meal and hope I don't overeat. But, I know I go over my calories on those days. There is not always time to exercise more when we are away, because we are constantly on the go. I always have my swim suit and workout clothes with me, in case I can sneak in a few minutes for myself.

I will try extra hard this weekend, as we are also celebrating our other granddaughter's birthday while we are away. I will need to write down some strategies to take with me and sneak a peak at when I am tempted to eat more.
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    I try to stick with salads only when eating out. It is tough love on myself. It is too easy for me to over indulge. Your plans are solid. You can do it!
    2028 days ago
    Sounds like a good plan
    2029 days ago
    My Mom taught me something that is a lifetime motto "Where there's a will there's a way.

    When ordering pizza,,, ask for thin crust, ask if they have whole wheat available. Tell them to cut the cheese in half, order with all veggies, no meats. Eating a slice in small bites. It takes 20 minutes for the first bite to register. Small bites, paying attention to the company, not losing it on food. Have a cooler with you,,, I do for a week at a time,,,,use plastic water proof containers,,,, change ice at the hotel. Do NOT go the vending machines. Pack high proteins items.

    At the restaurant u know to eat healthy, skip the appetizers, desserts,,, order meat and veggies,, even if it means ordering off menu.

    U r always responsible for ur choices. I eat out, not much,,, but it's easy to order off menu. It's the company I care about.

    As for exercises,,,, the meets I did ran from 2-4 hrs. There's time to fit in exercises.

    As Mom said "Wheres there's a will ,, there's a way."

    2029 days ago
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    It doesn't matter if I plan ahead, or not, I always eat way too much in the car, in spite of my wonderful plans that I had.! I choose to gather information by the ones who have gone before me.


    - Nancy Jean -
    2030 days ago
  • CINDYKC2000
    Bring along fresh/dried fruit or salad fixings if you can.

    Search for salad in a jar and you will find lots of options. If you don't have a fridge, you can always pack a cooler with ice to keep everything fresh.

    Good luck.
    2030 days ago
    Planning ahead is the key to success!!
    2030 days ago
  • NEEROD08
    Maybe bring along healthy homemade granola bars and eat a couple literally right before you go to the resturant that way if it is unhealthy yoy do not overeat?
    2030 days ago
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