Substitutions when dining out.

Just a few short blogs for you this week, as it’s Thanksgiving, and I am taking time to enjoy, and relax. ย Some very great friends took me out golfing on Sunday, it was a lot of fun and a really great way to stay active for the day and enjoy some fresh air. ย Although I haven’t enjoyed a turkey this weekend, I have enjoyed some good friends, great books, and golf!

How did you celebrate this weekend?

I figured a good thing to talk about during Thanksgiving time is how to make substitutions when indulging, dining out, or during the holidays.


I know that sometimes waiters are irritated when we make special requests, or sometimes we feel guilty asking our friends and family cook something more in line with our nutritional needs. ย It’s important to recognize that the more you request healthier choices, the more you are making it comfortable for others to do the same! ย Maybe don’t go to the extreme to change the entire meal (as illustrated above), but instead pick a few smalls simple changes you can make that will improve your menu choice without insulting the cook.

Here are some of the substitutions I recommend:

  • Dressing on the side
  • No added oils and butters if itโ€™s already a very fatty meal. ย This is a major component that adds calories to your meals.
  • No added salt
  • Double the vegetables to volumize your meal
  • ย For a ‘meal salad’ ask for the nuts, cheese and dressing on the side and add them on yourself in smaller quantities.
  • Ask for double the veggies instead of an alternative ‘side’,

These are all the common requests that I use. ย Do you have other requests you make at restaurants? ย What about when dining out at a friends or family home?

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