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Old 08-04-2012, 15:20   #1
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My husband is unemployed, so he has been home with the kids, all summer. And boy, has it been a long one. The drought has made outdoor activities SO uncomfortable!

So ... he has been losing patience and taking them out to eat. Basically, two places: Taco Hell, and Hometown Buffet. Cheap, and filling, and the kids like them.

So yesterday at HB, he ate, and got the kids, what he thought were "safe" foods ... and felt fairly full. He spotted a leftover piece of chicken on a kid's plate, and stripped the skin (due to batter, or sauce ... ) and ate it. And became HUNGRIER.

He thinks it was MSG, or perhaps HFCS, infected or as a "marinade." Well ... HOORAY! No more HB excursions. I have asked him not to place so much trust in restaurants, there is a reason the food "tastes better ... " He is so hard-headed, but methinks, he may be catching on ... at LAST.

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Congrats on the breakthrough!

I can say I'm one who tends to have to learn things the hard way. So I'm sure BH can understand your pain. Lol

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Are there any restaurants in your area you can trust? We don't eat out much anymore after being diagnosed (diabetes and celiacs) but we have found 3 restaurants that we have good relationships with and they are willing to make whatever we like. No eye rolling when I order "lard with my fat" and we don't ever worry that they didn't listen or forgot.

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Being a low carb vegetarian restricts ME pretty much to EGGS. So I save my money and eat at home! The rest of the families are omnis ...

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I haven't eaten out in a restaurant since dx. I very rarely do any way even before dx. I am going to visit family in CA at the end of September and I expect there will be forays to several restaurants in my future there. I am going to have to check out menus online to make sure there is something available I can eat. I don't want to be a PITA to family, but I have worked too hard to blow it too much.....

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Little by little I am working on my husband. I finally have him where he reads labels most of the time. He still likes to go out to eat and still doesn't understand why I ask the wait staff so many questions. There are a few places in our town that are safe. Luckily my husband's favorite is a salad place.

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I haven't eaten out in a restaurant since dx. I very rarely do any way even before dx. I am going to visit family in CA at the end of September and I expect there will be forays to several restaurants in my future there. I am going to have to check out menus online to make sure there is something available I can eat. I don't want to be a PITA to family, but I have worked too hard to blow it too much.....
My go to unknown restaurant food is salad: either with caesar or ranch dressing. Other dressings are easier to sneak in carbs but even a cheap bottled caesar or ranch is mostly fat with only a gram or two of carb.

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The hotel bistros here always have a steak, salad and chips meal. I take some butter and salad dressing whenever I go to one of them, and have the steak with no sauce and ask for extra salad instead of the chips, then ask for no salad dressing. There's never any huffing or puffing or eye rolling as they enter the order, and it's usually right when I get it (only once I've got the chips, but never the sauce or dressing) so the menu programs must have the options built in. They just seem to have to do a lot more finger tapping.

Then I happily add butter to the steak and my own salad dressing to the salad, and we're all happy. My only problem is trying not to eat an entire 200g rump steak, which is too much protein for me.

 
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I love eating out myself and think its a tragedy you have had such negative experiences

I agree with the safe go to meal for me being steak. If thats too expensive insert, cheaper cut of meat/fish

Personally any meal for me involving rice or Mexican foods always makes it more difficult to accurately judge carbs. My advice is start simple i.e. steak & salad/veg and then build up the repertoire

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Steak or hamburger steak with salad is my usual choice unless I find a fish dish that looks good with green beans, etc and salad. Most restaurants I've found can make this work for me.




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