This section of the web site is devoted to your questions
about lipid information, diet, and cholesterol. One of the most frequently
asked question, or comment, is "How can I follow
a healthy diet while dining out?" Many of our patients dine
out at lunch time and many also dine out for dinner. A business trip may
also alter your diet when trying to keep up with a fast paced schedule.
Here are a few tips for dining out:
Avoid foods that have
been deep fried in fat.
Be polite but assertive
when ordering meals. If asked, restaurants
will prepare foods as
you request- broiled instead of fried.
Have sauces and salad
dressings served on the side. This will let
you limit the size of
Choose restaurants that
serve healthful entrees such as baked or
broiled chicken and
can be good choices. Order dishes that
feature small portions
of chicken, fish, or lean meat stir-fried withvegetables
in small amounts of peanut oil.
Italian restaurants can
also be wise choices. Pasta with tomato
sauce is a filling,
low-fat meal. Avoid high-fat cheeses, sausages,
fatty cuts of meat,
and alfredo sauce.
At delicatessens, choose
a sliced turkey or lean roast beef
sandwich rather than
high-fat sandwich meats and cheeses.
Choose sliced tomatoes
or a dill pickle spear instead of fries or
Even at fast food restaurants,
you can find relatively low-fat
their fish and chicken are usually deep-
fried in very saturated
fat. Try a small broiled hamburger, a roast
beef sandwich, or the
Eat a low-fat snack before
going to a party or buffet where there
will be a lot of high-fat
food. This will curb your appetite and
When dining with friends,
it may be difficult to refuse high-fat
foods. Eat small amounts
of these foods and concentrate on the
low-fat foods offered.
When traveling by plane,
call the airline at least 24 hours in
advance and request
a low-fat, low-cholesterol meal. Many
airlines will honor