Excerpted from "A Year of Health Hints"
365 Practical Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer
People who are watching what they eat can stick to their diets
anywhere--even in restaurants! Eating establishments don't have
to be automatic waistline expanders, if you observe the following
restaurant that offers a wide variety of food, to increase the
odds of finding fewer fatty,
highly caloric foods.
Ask to have the
bread basket (or at least the butter dish) removed from the
fries, potato chips, and desserts, even if they're included in
the price of your meal.
Ask for food
broiled without butter, salad without dressing, and baked or
steamed food that's
If servings seem
especially large, portion off the excess and put it aside before
you begin eating.
Leave some food on
your plate, or take it home for tomorrow's lunch.
Share one meal
with a companion.
Order a la carte
so you won't feel obligated to eat side dishes just because
you've paid for them.
Partying Down to a Slimmer You
As with most festive occasions, food plays a prominent role at
most parties. It gives people something to look at, something to
do, something to talk about, and something to remember. But you
don't have to stay home just because you're dieting.
Here are some ways to join the party and not blow your diet.
At a buffet
dinner, first look over all the food presented, then decide what
you will and will not eat.
inquire ahead of time as to what will be served at a party. If
nothing on the menu is
allowed on your diet,
plan to eat at home first.
Ask your host or
hostess if you can provide a platter of raw vegetables or other
so you'll be assured
of something you can munch on during the party.
To avoid being
tempted to eat hors d'oeuvres and snacks, don't sit near them.
your host and hostess of your diet and ask them not to coax you
water or diet soda instead of alcoholic beverages, or at least
alternate them with
Make a point to
socialize with other people or enjoy the entertainment rather
than concentrating on