Walk with Walgreens - Eating Healthy while Eating Out

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Joan Lunden

Health / / May 08, 2011

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I have kids, lots of them, and that means when eating out there are temptations on every plate!  Kids love to eat chicken fingers and hamburgers and that means that these alluring high calorie foods are sitting right there on the plates to my right and my left!  So I have come up with a few defense mechanisms for these very moments:
Drink up.  No, I’m not telling you to down a cocktail on a family night out (although you might feel like you want to!) I’m reminding you to drink lots of water in between meals.  You will begin to fill up your stomach and your brain will have some time to differentiate thirst from hunger. 
Control the quantity.  Ask your waiter how many chicken fingers come in an order - if two children want the same dish, see if it’s feasible to split the portion.  It will save you money, and won’t leave leftovers for you to nibble on!
Order wisely.  Finally, if you know that you can’t resist sharing some of those fries with your tot… go ahead and make a wise decision on what’s being placed in front of you.  Maybe opt for an interesting salad for that particular meal and save the indulgent pasta or steak dinner for another night when you won’t have the extra temptations staring you in the face! 

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About The Author
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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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