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Light and Lean Restaurant Tips and Tricks-Part Two

The last article contained some tricks and tips for light and lean restaurant eating. Here are even more tips to help keep you on track the next time you dine out:

• With food still left on your plate, you can casually add some salt, pepper or other seasoning that would make the entrée less appealing to you.

• You can put your napkin on the plate indicating (even if it's only to yourself) that you're done.

• You can say something like "Wow that was great, I'm stuffed." Making a public declaration may make you think twice about digging back in once again.

• You can push your plate out of reach.

• You can put the opposite ends of your utensils onto the plate. Now they're unpleasant to pick up.

• You can pay attention to things like the flavor, texture and aroma the food was designed to give. Being more mindful of your surroundings will help you feel more satisfied with less food.

• When drinking alcohol, you can pre plan the amount you'll have and stick to it! Remember, if you "fail to plan, then plan to fail!"

• You can slow down! Put your fork down between bites, drink plenty of water to pace yourself and enjoy heaping conversations versus heaping portions of food!

One of the main reasons we don't order foods healthfully is because we don't want to inconvenience the waiter/waitress or bring attention to ourselves. Remember the restaurant staff has probably heard your requests before and if you don't order a meal the way you'd like, the only person you're really inconveniencing is yourself because you won't feel proud of the choices you've made as well as the way those choices make your body look and feel.

Restaurant ordering doesn't have to be a daunting and confusing task. It can be simple, delicious and enjoyable with some education and a few smart choices. Enjoy!

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