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Published on July 06, 2015

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Take These Dining Out Tips on Vacation

Couple eating at a restaurantWe’ve all done it: Packed on a few pounds when traveling.
It’s not unusual to abandon all dietary common sense when vacationing, only to fight the battle of the bulge when you get home. While you should take the opportunity to try regional dishes and local cuisine, keep your diet in balance by making wise choices. These suggestions can help:

Speak up

  • Order salad dressings and other sauces on the side. Use a small amount as needed.
  • Ask for a substitution, such as half a yam, a salad or cooked veggies instead of fries.
  • Request that the bread or chips be removed from the table to avoid mindless eating.

Decode the menu

  • Choose tomato-based sauces or broths over cream-based Alfredos and carbonaras.
  • Look for dishes that are baked, grilled, broiled, poached or steamed versus those that are fried, creamed, au gratin, Parmesan, scalloped or breaded.

Watch portions

  • Share an appetizer, or choose one as your main meal along with a salad.
  • Share a dessert with a friend or two. Usually a little taste is all you need.
  • Pay close attention to your body’s signals, and stop eating when you are full.
  • If you are staying somewhere with a kitchen, save leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner.

Think ahead

  • Don’t go to a restaurant famished; you’re more likely to gobble up everything in sight. Have a light snack an hour before you go to prevent attacking the bread basket.
  • See if your restaurant has an online menu. Checking out the menu ahead of time gives you time to plan your choices.

Menu Options

  • For breakfast, go for oatmeal, fresh fruit, and/or scrambled, poached or over-easy eggs or omelets instead of pancakes, waffles or bagels.
  • For lunch, aim for salads with grilled chicken, shrimp or salmon. Or have a burger (with half the bun) and a salad instead of fries.
  • For dinner, good appetizers include shrimp cocktail, broth-based soups or steamed dumplings. Main dish choices could include grilled local fish, chicken or a modest-size steak with a double side of veggies.

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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