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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 portions.
Choose restaurants that serve healthful entrees such as baked or
broiled chicken and fish.
Oriental restaurants 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
choices. Unfortunately, their fish and chicken are usually deep-
fried in very saturated fat. Try a small broiled hamburger, a roast
beef sandwich, or the salad bar.
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
prevent overeating.
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 your request.

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