Exercise Control in Your Life
The best way to avoid making bad food choices in a restaurant is to avoid eating in a restaurant. Don't eat out more than 2 times a week. That goes for takeout too. Control what you eat and pack your lunches for work, so you don't put yourself in a situation where you are tempted to make bad choices.
But you gotta live life, and that means eating out with friends and family. I'll be honest with you, I don't put any restrictions on myself when I eat out. The whole point of eating out with friends and family should be to enjoy yourselves.
Just make the experience a little more special by eating out only twice a week instead of everyday. You can still exercise damage control and be a prude when you eat out though:
- No drinks other than water.
- When given this choice, choose salads over soups.
- Never order an individual dessert. However, your friends will sabotage you by saying, "Hey you want to split a dessert?" That's OK, but never intitiate the dessert ordering.
- Same thing goes for appetizers. Do not initiate the ordering of appetizers. But your jolly friend may want to "share" some appetizers, so that's OK.