• Before you enter the restaurant, pause to reinforce your intentions and reassure yourself that you are in control of your eating habits.
  • Restaurant portions can be pretty big! Don't feel obliged to eat everything on your plate just because you paid for it or because you might be embarrassed. Stop eating when you feel full. Aim for satisfaction, not satiation.
  • Eat slowly. It takes about 20 minutes for your stomach to send a "full" signal to your brain. Select restaurants that prepare food to order and allow substitutions.
  • Call a restaurant in advance to see if they have choices that meet your dietary objectives.
  • Try creative ordering: Instead of ordering an entire meal, an entree soup and a salad may be a better choice. Put together combinations that will satisfy your appetite without compromising your diet!
  • If possible, order a la carte. It will enable you to control the amount of food that is served to you!
  • Ask for a "doggy bag" before you eat and set aside the amount that you don't want to eat to take home for later.
  • If you choose to drink alcohol, stick to white wine or light beer and try to limit yourself to one glass. Alternate sipping water with your alcohol.

Remember some key tricks to low fat eating:

  • Remove the skin of chicken before eating.
  • Have salads served with the dressing on the side.
  • Use skim milk in coffee instead of cream.
  • Remove high fat foods such as eggs and olives from salads.
  • Eat bread with no butter.
  • Ask if foods can be prepared without butter or cream sauces.
  • Take care not to override the advantages of a salad bar with the disadvantages of the salad dressing.
  • Lean toward selections of fish and chicken instead of red meat.
  • Don't add salt to your dishes, and request that the chef do the same!

Here are some requests that you can make in a restaurant to help assure a lower fat diet!

  • Will you serve the dressing on the side please?
  • Would you serve the sauce on the side please?
  • Do you have skim milk?
  • Could I have yogurt instead of sour cream?
  • Would the chef prepare his food in wine instead of oil or butter?
  • Could you leave off the soy sauce?
  • Is it possible to have a smaller portion of meat and double portion of vegetables?
  • Could you please serve the potato without butter?
  • May I have sliced tomatoes instead of french fries?

Remember that the best way to get what you want is to ask for it!!

Read Any Good Menus Lately?


* Buttery
* Butter sauce
* Sautéed
* Fried
* Pan-fried
* Crispy
* Creamed
* Cream sauce
* In its own gravy
* Au Gratin
* In cheese sauce
* Escalloped
* Au lait
* A la mode
* Au fromage
* Marinated
* Basted
* Prime
* Hollandaise


* Steamed
* In broth
* In its own juice
* Poached
* Garden fresh
* Roasted
* Broiled
* Stir-fried
* Lean

For more tips on healthful eating, see Smart Eating by Covert Baily & Ronda Gates or get personal guidance from Ronda Gates. coach

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