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Dieting: The Doggie Bag Dare

May 5, 2009

Olivia C. Rossi, RN, MSN, ACSM
Your Personal Trainer

Okay.  You’ve heard about taking your kid to work day.  I hereby propose that you make it a habit to “Take Your Doggie Bag to Lunch or Dinner” whenever you go out to eat!  Buy a stack of those Glad Microwavable dishes and pack some in your purse or “carry-in baggage” next time you visit your favorite restaurant.  When your plate arrives DO NOT BE SHY!  Scoop up your leftovers before they become a temptation.  Pack them safely away in your little “Doggie Bag” or dish and eat the rest—slowly–and you will have lunch or dinner for tomorrow.   You will also leave the restaurant feeling that you had a good time and that you didn’t leave feeling “stuffed.”

Planning ahead puts the control back where it belongs, in your own hands.  You don’t need to feel overwhelmed by the amount of food in front of you nor by the thought of having to waste the food for which you are paying by leaving it on your plate.  Take it to heart, and I mean that in the most literal of ways.  Cut down your portions, slow down your intake and enjoy the time out with your friends or family.

I know this is short but sometimes a short message can send a long lasting idea.  I hope this one does!

Yours in fitness,

Olivia C. Rossi, RN, MSN
Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist, ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine)
Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM

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Kay May 5, 2009

In these economic times, it’s long past the time of feeling squeemish about taking home the doggie bag. Leaving some food on the plate not only saves calories, it saves money…two meals in one.

Margaret May 5, 2009

Unfortunately my husband is one of those breakfast cooks that raids the frig to add any leftover he finds to the mornings scrambled eggs. It has become a family contest to see who can identify the contents. Suffice it to say, “What doesn’t kill us can only make us stronger”.

Dona May 5, 2009

Eating slower gives your stomach time to register that it is full, is easier on your disgitive system and easier on the waistline.

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