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01:35 PM on 06/09/2011
I don't really understand these restaurant "eat this, don't eat this" articles. Unless you're eating out all the time, why would this matter? Going to a restaurant is supposed to be fun, a little change of pace, a small luxury. I'm not going to suck all the fun out of that by worrying about shaving off a few calories - ordering a side of spinach instead spinach dip. That is hardly an acceptable alternative.
03:00 PM on 06/09/2011
Some of us travel a lot and may not have the option of cooking for weeks at a time.
04:31 PM on 06/09/2011
I suggest Taco Bell's dollar menu. Delicious! Also perfect for hangovers.
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mavissue
01:29 PM on 06/09/2011
I eat healthy 98% of the time if I decide to indulge.. I DO... and then it may be months till I do it again
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onwisconsin
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06:45 PM on 06/09/2011
That's probably the best way to live.
GuiltyUndertaker
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01:24 PM on 06/09/2011
I remember when an appetizer was just that -- an appetizer, something to take the edge off your hunger while you wait for the main course. Shrimp cocktail (six shrimps in a dis of ice with a little bowl of cocktail sauce in the middle) was considered the most extravagant appetizer
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coolmaiden
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07:06 PM on 06/09/2011
And it's still by far my favorite. It tastes better than anything fried, covered in ranch, etc.
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myviewsofnow
10:41 PM on 06/10/2011
it sure does
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kyeshinka
01:23 PM on 06/09/2011
Nothing, except the salsa, is healthy at a typical American restaurant. Even the iceberg lettuce doesn't have any redeeming value--you're better off skipping it. People here like fat, salt, sugar, and lots of it. It's why Chinese restaurants are usually in buffet form, and most of what you see there isn't something you'd see in your typical restaurant in Shenzhen. If you want healthy, try a newly opened Korean or Vietnamese or Indian restaurant before customers start volunteering ideas on how to make the food better, as in adding more fat and salt and bigger portions.
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dsws
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07:53 PM on 06/09/2011
The salsa has enough sodium to be unhealthy, and maybe a bunch of sugar too.
01:21 PM on 06/09/2011
Going to a restaurant that has cobb salad, chicken fingers, and sliders on the menu is your first problem. Nothing on that menu is going to be good!

Try going somewhere that serves local, seasonal food, small plates, and creative presentations. My fiance is a cook and we go to places like this (they don't have to be expensive). He orders three things and I order one, which I can guarantee is under 400 calories because it's usually only a few bites! Then I sample his dishes so I get to try a few different things.

Going places with small plates (ranging from 2-6 bites per plate) is the best way to control portion sizes because you don't have a huge plate in front of you and you only order what you need (similar to the system at sushi restaurants). Also, the food is usually cooked more healthfully, and if it isn't, you aren't eating that much of it so it doesn't matter. There's more variety to your meal, too. Best of all, you don't have to eat stuff like -- *gag* -- cobb salad.

Seriously people -- sliders?!?! Ugh.
GuiltyUndertaker
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01:17 PM on 06/09/2011
French onion soup is about as French as an enchilada. In France you don't see raft-sized croutons or an awning of melted high-fat cheese. It's nothing more than chicken broth, beef broth, carmelized onions and (optional) a sprinkling of grated hard, dry cheese.
01:16 PM on 06/09/2011
The writer knocks on saturated fat continuously when she should be concentrating on telling people to avoid grains. Saturated fats are necessary grains are not. Grains are given to stock animals to fatten them up. And thats what they do to humans also.
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chamberwindow
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04:46 PM on 06/09/2011
Thank you. What's up with the "advice" still being to avoid fat and to carb load? I don't eat pork products, but a cobb salad is actually really good for you. Telling people to avoid the low carbohydrate salad and to stuff their faces with whole grains is really absurd news given that for the last thirty years it has just made us obese.
01:41 AM on 06/10/2011
That's a faulty analogy. Grains being fed to animals has nothing to do with this. They also keep much of the world from starving to death. In fact, many cultures with much higher grain intake also have much lower rates of obesity and heart disease. It's much more complicated than just "avoid grains."
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bracken
10:30 AM on 06/13/2011
So explain it to us, if you know how much more complicated it is. The China Study's been debunked, by the way. Asians do not each that much rice.
GuiltyUndertaker
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01:13 PM on 06/09/2011
I have never seen spinach/artichoke dip served with "fried corn chips" (alias, Fritos). Always with pita wedges. Yeah, I'll still order it.
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peegan
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01:13 PM on 06/09/2011
If you think a slider or chicken fingers are healthy, you have probably never seen a vegetable in your life. However, if you consider these foods treats, have some once in a while. The occasional bad food choice won't k--ll you.
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Andres64
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01:31 PM on 06/09/2011
Vegetables: What food eats.
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Selgin
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02:12 PM on 06/09/2011
Including us. Dig in!
01:13 PM on 06/09/2011
Avoid cheesy sliders, creamy dips, and salads with 2 cups of meat and cheese and one piece of lettuce? No kidding!!

Luckily, I only like cheese in small doses. So I never get cheese on burgers/sliders and I only eat about a 1/4 of the cheese blob that comes on French onion soup. It's one of my few good habits! And I need some good habits, because I do love my wine.
GuiltyUndertaker
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01:21 PM on 06/09/2011
Wine is a bad habit?
GuiltyUndertaker
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01:49 PM on 06/09/2011
Wine is not a bad habit.
02:16 PM on 06/09/2011
The amount I drink is! ;)
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MikeRubin2
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02:35 PM on 06/09/2011
I wish I liked wine more. Two of my physicians have suggested I ought to drink it regularly, but I just don't have much of a taste for it, alas.
01:06 PM on 06/09/2011
Ah, some food police. Who thinks appetizers are really appetizers? I order them as main courses to nosh and share.

People are smarter than a lot of people think. There are a lot of heavy people in my small town which has really bad restaurants. They probably eat at home.

I lived in SF. Great food by superb chefs with portion control. Loved it and ate everything.
12:47 PM on 06/09/2011
What world do you live in where YOU think anyone thinks these are nutritional "best" choices, or without pitfalls?
12:44 PM on 06/09/2011
I have a an obese friend who tells me when she's "cutting down" she eats
more fish...
battered, deep fried.
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seehowtheyrun
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12:35 PM on 06/09/2011
Who thinks those foods are healthy?
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htgriff
12:32 PM on 06/09/2011
Vague advice is bad advice. I've been on a low carb/high fat diet for over a year. I don't watch calories at all, and 75-80% of my daily caloric intake is fat, with 15% from protein, and 5% from carbs. I've lost 75 pounds and my blood work is spectacular. It's not the fat that is killing folks, it's the carbs/grains we've been force fed for the last 40 years, and all the "fake" fats contained in manufactured foods.