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The real catch 22 about dining at restaurants is that a restaurant is often exactly where you dine before a big night out, like before hitting a club for a friend’s birthday or before going dancing, and a restaurant is the last place that will leave you feeling well enough to do any of those things. I, personally, always unbutton my pants at the end of my meal at a restaurant. Maybe it’s just the fact that I have all these different foods to try at my fingertips, that I don’t get at home, and that I don’t even have to cook. Maybe it’s the fact that everyone else around me is overdoing it that makes me feel like it’s okay to overdo it myself (one of the reasons it’s best to eat alone). Whatever it is, I left restaurants feeling so bloated, so many times, that I had to create some rules for myself. Here are hacks to leave restaurants less bloated.

restaurant eating challenges

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Have a bar before sitting down

I don’t arrive hungry. I always have a small, protein-packed snack immediately before walking in. I’ll eat a nut bar in the parked car, right in front of the restaurant. It just quiets those frenzied, hunger thoughts that tell me I need mozzarella sticks and spinach dip ASAP.

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