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Old 12-22-2009, 11:04 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Do any of you do that?

I looked at the nutritional info for Carino's because a group I'm apart of eats there every Monday. I was definitely shocked and disgusted by the calories in a lot of their food and all the freakin' sodium.

I'm not a big Carino's fan and I would feel weird not eating anything while everyone else is eating; I ended up not going to the event.

Of course I realize one can't look at the nutritional info for locally owned restaurants unless they take the time to tell you....
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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Do any of you do that?

I looked at the nutritional info for Carino's because a group I'm apart of eats there every Monday. I was definitely shocked and disgusted by the calories in a lot of their food and all the freakin' sodium.

I'm not a big Carino's fan and I would feel weird not eating anything while everyone else is eating; I ended up not going to the event.

Of course I realize one can't look at the nutritional info for locally owned restaurants unless they take the time to tell you....
Couldn't you have just ordered a small salad with dressing on the side? A group of girls from work go to Applebees every once in a while and their menu makes me sad

I always get a house salad and bring my own raspberry vinagarette from home. One of the other girls has started doing the same thing
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Old 12-23-2009, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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[quote=JetJockey;12146013]Couldn't you have just ordered a small salad with dressing on the side? A group of girls from work go to Applebees every once in a while and their menu makes me sad

Doesn't Applebee's have a Weight Watchers menu with listed points? I thought I read that somewhere.
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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Couldn't you have just ordered a small salad with dressing on the side? A group of girls from work go to Applebees every once in a while and their menu makes me sad

I always get a house salad and bring my own raspberry vinagarette from home. One of the other girls has started doing the same thing
I looked at their salads and even those were loaded with calories.
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Old 12-23-2009, 04:47 PM
 
Location: West Chester, Ohio
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I'd say you are too obsessed with food/nutrition. Just eat....if you eat to much, go excersise.
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Old 12-24-2009, 03:24 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Most restaurants are high in calories - that's why they say if you're trying to lose weight, don't eat out very often. I think a large calorie meal every now and then is not going to kill you... as long as you eat healthy in general, eating out occasionally is okay.

Personally, I don't really need to watch calories so much as I just need to eat healthy for my IBS. So if I'm trying to be healthy while eating out, I try to order something plain. Like if there's a chicken dish with some kind of sauce on it, I ask if I can get the chicken plain, no sauce. I also stay away from fries and only drink water. And don't get starters or dessert. That's what keeps my stomach happy and I imagine it would keep the calorie count down too.
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:40 PM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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Do any of you do that?

I looked at the nutritional info for Carino's because a group I'm apart of eats there every Monday. I was definitely shocked and disgusted by the calories in a lot of their food and all the freakin' sodium.

I'm not a big Carino's fan and I would feel weird not eating anything while everyone else is eating; I ended up not going to the event.

Of course I realize one can't look at the nutritional info for locally owned restaurants unless they take the time to tell you....

Don't worry about singling out Carinos, ALL chain resturants serve high sodium and high fat/calorie foods, most local or M&Ps are just as bad. Your best bet is to order a plain salad (no meat, cheese or croutons) with vin & oil (not Italian) dressing. A better plan, if your diet allows it, is to cut way back on salt/fats a few days before and after the meal, and just order and enjoy a normal meal with your friends.

You do have some low-cal or low-carb options at most restuarants now, but a low-carb choice may not be low calorie, or a low-fat choice might have too much sodium, and so on. And I'm sick of items loaded with salt being called "heart healthy"!

Some places have nutrition info posted on the wall somewhere, or availible in a flyer, most have it on their websites. There are also lots of independant websites that post the info. Knowing before you go can help you select "lesser evils".

You should also be aware of average nutritional info for condiments and extras, if you need to be accurate. For instance, a few shakes of soy or hot sauce can easily triple the sodium of a item!
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Prescott Valley, Az (unfortunately still here)
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Most restuarants now, have a section on their menus with food selections that are lower in calories and such. For people who are on a diet or watching what they eat. I sometimes order from that section when I don't want a heavy meal. Applebee's, Chili's, and Coco's have that in their menus now.
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Old 12-27-2009, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Long Island via Chapel Hill NC, Go Heels?
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Just order from the appetizer menu and get something small when in complete doubt.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:23 AM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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Appetizers can have as much fat/sodium as an entree. It's about the content of the food, not the quantity
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