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Dining out – NUTRITION TIP OF THE WEEK

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Eating robious CorridorDo you feel that eating out is slowing down your fitness goals? It’s definitely more challenging when you are in social situations to be mindful of what you’re eating. Sharing an entrée can help with portion control, but sitting next to someone that has similar fitness goals can be easier than having to stare at your friend’s dessert or mound of fries.

If you have the time to check out menus online, it will usually list at least some nutrition information, but tools such as Myfitnesspal have a great selection of restaurant items with calorie, fat, and sodium counts.

Sauces and salad dressings can add 500 mg of sodium, up to 50 g of fat, and hundreds of extra calories. Just getting them on the side can reduce the levels by over half. The second factor with many restaurant meals are the calories from beverages; whether it’s sweet tea, soda, wine, beer, or cocktails, those calories add up fast! I suggest if you really want that glass of wine with dinner, start with water and end with water (and skip the dessert).

Life is about having a balance and restaurants really don’t mind making a few healthy swaps of extra vegetables without the butter sauce or a side salad instead of potato salad. Trying different foods with a variety of spices can also help with portion control simply by slowing down: we tend to savor foods that we

are less familiar with. We don’t need to feel stuffed at the end of a meal and there’s no harm in leaving something on your plate. We don’t belong to the clean plate club anymore; portion control is more important and you will feel better for it.

 

Written by Donna Wheeler, acac nutritionist

acac Midlothian has provided Robious Corridor Magazine and Robious Corridor Online with valuable health, nutrition, and fitness information for years.  Since our first issue, we welcome their guidance and recognize them as a Keystone Corporate Partner!

 

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