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If your dinner mates are eager to start off with carbs, then order a glass of water and take a sip each time you are tempted to break bread. Besides, youíll want time you would have wasted buttering and dipping to spend reading menu for smart, sensible choices.
Donít assume that youíll be able to hold out on temptations throughout entire meal. Set yourself up for success when you order by requesting they leave off oils and sauces. Request that your meat and vegetables be steamed, not fried. Order a salad (with light or no dressing, on side) or side of veggies instead of fries or mashed potatoes.
Tip 4: Fill up on good stuff
Drink plenty of water before you leave for restaurant, and while you wait for food to arrive. This will help fill you up and prevent hunger-inspired indulgences.
Request your salad (and/or soup, if itís not creamy) be brought out first, and dig in. By time your food arrives, you should be able to more rationally determine what portion sizes are appropriate, and if anything needs to be avoided.
Tip 5: Dreaded desserts
First of all, do not order dessert until you are completely finished with your meal. You may be full and not want anything. And thatís certainly not a crime! After meal, if everyone is splurging on dessert menu, keep in mind that you donít have to join in just to be part of ďgang.Ē Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea to end your meal. Or ask someone to split a dessert with you. Hint: Doggie bags can also be used for desserts! So split it in half and take part home for another day or your neighbor. You have to be left out of choosing a neat dessert, either. See if kitchen can put together a fruit bowl or a sorbet dish to satisfy your cravings without putting all your conscientious work at dinner to waste. This might be something to call ahead about..hint!
With right approach, eating out can be a pleasurable experience. Remember, a successful diet is a lifelong lifestyle modification. You need to be able to incorporate healthful eating out activities into your routine.
What happens if you DO stress? Add extra activities to your schedule. Swim some laps. Walk or jog. Leave your wallet in trunk and go to a mall for a shop-walk. Take a tour. Visit a museum. Enjoy a park and feed ducks. Just get out, focus on something else and enjoy life.
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