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Restaurant Survival Guide: 10 Tips for Healthful Dining

05/01/2013 08:19 am ET | Updated Jul 01, 2013
  • Dr. Lisa Young Internationally-recognized nutritionist; International Speaker; Adjunct professor of nutrition at NYU; Author, 'The Portion Teller Plan'
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Being a nutritionist in New York City, with so many good restaurants on almost every block, so many clients that I counsel eat out more often than they eat at home. Whether at dinner parties or business meetings, or just catching up with friends, eating out has become one of our favorite activities. While I always recommend that it is good to cook (or learn to cook) and eat home on occasion, so much of my time is spent coaching clients on how to eating out healthfully in restaurants.

It is possible to eat out and consume upward of 2,000 calories in just one meal. However, it is also entirely possible not to break your calorie budget and to eat healthfully while eating out. The key is to be mindful of your food choices and to choose wisely. Here are my top tips for dining out healthfully.

Restaurant Survival Guide

And, finally, remember that French fries count as a treat, and not as a vegetable.

Enjoy.

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