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Tips on Eating Out

  1. Order food to go - studies have shown when people do not eat at their own kitchen table they eat more than usual. If you take food home, you also have the option of adding fruits or vegetable from your kitchen to the meal.
  2. Avoid buffets - when there is a whole buffet of food in front of you, it is easy to overeat. If you avoid buffets, you will not have the temptation to overeat. 
  3. Don't be afraid to special order - many foods at restaurants come with high calories sauces on top. Don't be afraid to ask for foods without the sauce or with sauce on the side. If foods are fried and cooked with butter, ask if you can have them in a more healthy way, baked without butter. 
  4. Watch your portion sizes - the more food people put in front of them, the more food they will eat, even if they are full. Ordering a "half size" or "lunch size" will help you avoid overeating. If it is not possible to order a smaller portion, ask for a to-go box and pack up half your email before you start eating. You won't overeat and you'll have a meal for the next day!
  5. Share - sharing is always a good idea whether it is appetizers, entrees, or desserts. It is still important to make good menu choices to avoid high calories and fat.

Information from the Wellness Council of America and the Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology, Ball State University.