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How do you track your foods when eating out?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

I try to make healthier choices when I eat out.

Then I come home and look up what I ate, hoping it's a normal portion.
Today we went to Black Eyed Pea. I chose the half turkey sandwich (I asked what was on it and was told bread, turkey, lettuce, and tomato), and the Caesar salad that went with it. I took all of the croutons off of the salad and left most of the dressing in the bottom of the dish. The sandwich came on bread that had been toasted with butter or oil and with cheese on the sandwich--I was not told about this or would have requested otherwise. I ate about 1/2 of the sandwich, then took the turkey out and ate that by itself.

So, now I find that I just consumed 700 calories???? 43 grams of fat??? 51 carbs??? For a half sandwich and small salad?

Obviously the numbers are not quite accurate because I did take off the croutons and left 1/2 of the bread and cheese on the plate, but how do I compensate to get accurate numbers for tracking?

Found a website that lists the nutritional breakdown of many restaurant items.

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    Just do the best you can! I usually err on the side of MORE calories counted when eating out.
    2433 days ago

    Sometimes it's just not possible to get accurate numbers for that. Because I've been measuring my food down to the ounce and the teaspoon for over a year now, I have a pretty good idea of amounts but even so, when it comes to restaurant meals, I'm making an educated "guesstimate".

    One suggestion I'd like to offer is that you ask for dressing to be served "on the side" & then dip the very end of the tines of the fork into the dressing and then spear your salad ingredients.

    2437 days ago
    I look up before I go! If it's not online I guess with the closest online comparison. emoticon
    2437 days ago
    If I know where we're going I look up the nutritionals online beforehand. (I've even found a moderate-carb treat at Dairy Queen, of all places, that way!)

    If I don't know I usually either ask the hostess if they have a list (most places do) or I just wing it: no bread, no rice, no potatoes, no problem! I'll deal with a little sauce but I scrape off most of it.

    Pork chops are my usual go to. Broccoli and salad with sour cream (not dressing).
    2438 days ago
    I very rarely go to restaurants, but just as dangerous.. I do go to pot lucks which are usually vegetarian, and I do go to senior lunch, which one would think would serve healthy meals. But alas they do not look very healthy to me. I guess what is in the meal and go with it.

    I will check out your link... maybe someday I will need its help.
    Thanks for sharing.
    2438 days ago
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