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7/30/09 6:55 A

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I went out to Applebees a few weeks ago with family and had the hardest time trying to find something to eat. (And, if it was the tomato basil soup there that you had, it's actually made with chicken stock. I asked first.)

If I know ahead of time where I'm going -- and this is easier if it's a chain -- I always go to their website first to see if I can find any nutritional and ingredient information beforehand. That way I know as soon as I sit down what I'm going to order. I can take my time studying the menu to decide what I'm going to get instead of feeling pressured to just order when everyone else does.

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7/29/09 4:33 P

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Eating out is really hard which is why I often eat before I go or become "flexarian" so I can get food and not be a crazed lunatic.

But you can ask for a specific menu - some of my favorite places to be veg'n is at steak houses because they cook veggies well. I can get a big plate of veggies and a potato or rice and it's delicious. As someone else mentioned the fajitas wtithout meat is good too.

And definitely caesar salad is NOT vegan at all, though I suppose it could be vegetarian with all the anchovies, milk and cheese.

Mostly if I eat out with friends, seriously, I eat before I go. And if I'm out of control, (I'm ready, I'm ready, go ahead, beat me up) I am flexarian just simply so I can get adequate nutrition for my physiology. I tried being raw or cooked food vegan, I can't tolerate dairy, so it limits what I can have at reastaurants. So I try to get the fish or other seafood.

When I can, I go to veg'n reastaurants, but as most of my friends or family are omni- they find these restaurants "too weird".

But I agree - no matter how you eat, if you're trying to be healthy, restaurants aren't really the way to go!

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7/29/09 2:50 P

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Be careful when you order Cesaer salad also, traditionally the dressing is made with anchovies, so if you don't eat any animal ingredients it would not be for you.

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7/28/09 6:47 P

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Wow! Things like that should be illegal. Sometimes you really have people that HAVE to watch what they are eating for Health reasons other than losing weight and something like that could really hurt them. We should be able to trust what they print on their menus.

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7/28/09 6:38 P

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TRAVELNISTA, we went to IHOP for Father's Day and I was looking at their "healthy" options--it was a veggie scramble made with egg substitution and somehow it had over 1200mg of sodium!! I was appalled. Makes you wonder how many people think they're being healthy and actually eating their entire day's worth of calories in one sitting!

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7/28/09 1:18 P

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Ceaser salad has to be the absolute worst choice for a salad in a restaurant, it has the highest fat and calorie count of any type of salad. Any creamy dressing is big trouble. I went to Boston Pizza and had a heart healthy meal, while low in fat, the wrap still had 440 calories, not overwhelming, but still.
Unfortunately, the things making your food tasty quickly add up in calories like mayo, sauces, etc. I really can't bring myself to eat stuff plain. I like my spices and flavourings. I eat my raw veggies with a low fat dip, or sometimes use yogurt as a dip instead. Fortunately, I don't eat out a lot and have also refused friend's offers of eating out as their choices are usually buffets.

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7/28/09 1:14 P

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Another thing I want to mention is for those of you with food sensitivities, be aware of how the food is cooked. Many of the grilled veggies and veggie burgers are cooked on the same grill along side the meat. Some people may easily get an upset stomach when all the food is cooked together.

Some restaurants may steam the veggies for you. I got them to steam some spinach for me at Carrabas Italian Grill. It usually comes cooked in butter.

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7/28/09 1:09 P

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I understand that it is necessary for some people to go out for dinner some time or another. Hitting McDonald's or these other franchises for the kids I don't think is a good idea. Start the young out now in making good food choices. There is a reason America is so overweight.

I have been making it a practice not to go out to eat. # 1 I can stay on my eating plan better. # 2 I know the quality of the food I am eating if I make it. #3 I will admit this, I am weak and I don't need the temptations.
#4 If I do go out I definitely plan ahead as to what I will order. You can either go on line or have them fax over a menu.



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7/28/09 1:01 P

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Applebee's did make a substitution of a side of veggies in place of meat on one of their salad options for me and worked with me to find something I could have.

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7/28/09 12:39 P

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Alot of restaurants I have pretty good luck turning their fajitas veg. I have them leave of the meat and Don Pablos has a Portabello mushroom fajita and a veggie fajita option. I'm sure it still isn't low in calories though, but I don't have it very often. The only thing I've been able to find veg at Applebee's is their veggie patch pizza.

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7/28/09 11:58 A

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applebee's just isn't a good place for a vegetarian or anyone on any kind of diet. unfortunatly my mom likes to go there so from time to time i end up there. EVERYTHING has meat in, on, or with it. I think last time i ended up getting the grilled cheese blt minus the "b" and it was still very greasy.

i like the Guiltless Black Bean burger at Chili's. unfortunatly i think it is still rather high in calories...but when i am on the road, i know it's a veggie option.

and actually i just looked on the chili's website and noticed they now have a "Suggested VEGETARIAN* Menu Options" PDF that you can check out..it doesn't contain nutritional info though

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7/28/09 11:54 A

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Yes, Applebee's does have what they call healthy options, but they mostly have meat in them or are in creamy sauces/marinades that are fatty and high sodium foods. Some are low cal, but if it's high in other things, what's the point. UGGGH!!!!!!!!



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Now that is an eye opener. Don't they run advertisements on TV for their Healthy Menu Options?
I thought they had a whole section just dedicated for those who were trying to eat light and/or healthy.

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I ordered a standard house salad at Applebee’s this past Sunday and when it arrived, the salad greens had about 4-5 tablespoons of bacon on top of a bed of shredded cheese. My gosh, that ruins a meal for me.

If you order the veggie burger at Ruby Tuesday, be sure to get it without mayo and don’t eat the whole thing. Even without the mayo, if you eat everything else you’re taking in about 850 calories and 650 mg of sodium. It’s amazing. The nice thing is that lately, I have had positive experiences when I explain to the servers what my dietary needs are. They have generally been very accommodating. Of course, I always use sugar and not vinegar when I tell them, and that makes a big difference.


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7/28/09 11:38 A

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Lately my husband and I have been turning down offers from friends when they ask to go out to eat. For one, we can't eat much on the menu. And for two--the stuff that is in restaurant food! It's horrifying! We went to Applebee's about a month ago where I ordered tomato soup and Caesar salad. We happened to get our hands on their nutritional info (it was hidden in a small menu) and I balked! The amount of salt in both my entrées was ridiculous. When the server saw us looking at it, she actually tried to take it away and told us we "really don't need to look at that."

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What does that tell you when even the employees don't want you looking at what the food has in it?

Anyone else have an eye opening experience with a "healthy" meal?

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