Healthy Bites: Dine out less

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Date: August 2013

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Mary Ellen Herndon:

Hi, I'm Mary Ellen, a dietician at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Welcome to our Healthy Bites Nutrition Challenge. For the next month I'm asking you to eat out one less time each week. Restaurant foods are usually loaded with extra fat, salt and calories so eating out just a couple times each week can have a big impact and it can cause you to gain weight that you don't want. And being overweight or obese can increase your risk for cancer.

Ashley:

I didn't realize until I started the challenge just how often my family and I ate out. Once I realized how many times my family and I grabbed a quick bite to eat, I recognized that it was time for a change. When we did eat out after that, I kept a closer eye on what the kids and I were eating. Instead of going for chicken nuggets we drove a few miles further and got roasted chicken.

Mary Ellen Herndon:

If you do choose to eat out, eat small portions by cutting your meal in half or splitting it with the person you're with. This will help trim some of those extra calories and fat that we talked about earlier and if you're splitting your meal in half you'll have a second meal for later. Also be sure to try to choose those healthier options on the menu. You can usually pick these by looking for words like grilled, broiled, steamed, roasted and baked. You can learn more about this month's challenge at mdanderson.org/healthybites. You'll also find some tips, tools and recipes to help you achieve this month's challenge. Good luck.

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