ApocalypstickGirl, You Sure You Want To Eat All Of That?Almie Rose

February is Heart Month and continuing with our weekly series, here’s our second heart healthy tip: take home half your meal from a restaurant! (Hey! Tip #1 is here, in case you missed it.)

I don’t often go out to eat because I am trying to be a responsible adult and not spend money gallivanting around town like I’m Truman Capote, but when I do go out to eat, I’ve started to take in how big the size of my meal really is. I picture what it would look like if I made it at home by myself.

What I realize is that I don’t need to eat everything that is on that plate, because everything on that plate will take me past the point of being full and to the point of feeling ill. To quote Louis C.K., “The meal isn’t over when I’m full. The meal is over when I hate myself.” But it doesn’t have to be this way! Before you even start eating, divide the meal down the middle. Then eat one half. If you need to, ask for a plate to put the other half of your meal on, if seeing it right in front of you is just too tempting.

Just put one half aside, focus on what you’re eating, and you likely won’t even miss the other half. It’s so simple and boom, lunch the next day. Or breakfast. Or whatever meal it is when you wake up at 12:30 PM on a Saturday.

What healthy dining out tips do you have?

Need more motivation? Take American Heart Association’s Healthy Fit Challenge on Facebook.

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  1. Follow your taste buds. Your tongue and nose will tell you before your stommac does – if you are an adult. If you are still growing your body will just keep on telling you : FEED ME MORE FOOD NOW. Until your tummy is so full of what ever you are eating that you will either experiance a small sensation of pain – or vommit (if you have eaten too much candy).

  2. Sorry, what’s portion size got to do with heart health? Eating less salt/saturated fats/sugars has got more to do with heart health than portion size.

  3. this sounds like it’s more about dieting, not heart health…

  4. haha love this