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15 Restaurant Meals with Over 1500 Calories

15 Restaurant Meals with Over 1500 Calories

You know that feeling you get after you’ve eaten way too much at your favorite restaurant?

Bloated, sleepy, and maybe even a tad bit guilty?

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There’s a word for this phenomenon and it’s called overindulgence.

But it’s not your fault. Really. Because the truth is, it’s pretty darn difficult to understand what’s healthy and what’s not these days. Take the Chicken and Broccoli Pasta at Ruby Tuesday, for instance: You’d think that “chicken” and “broccoli” would result in a fairly healthy dish, right? Not so much. This meal will set you back 1476 calories, 92 grams of fat, and over a day’s worth of sodium.

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The bottom line is that if you eat out a lot, you’re making it a lot harder on yourself to maintain a healthy weight.

Knowledge is power, however, so let’s look at 15 restaurant dishes that are particularly unhealthy so you know what not to order next time you go out to eat.

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15 Restaurant Meals to Avoid

1. Applebees: New England Fish and Chips
fish and chips

    • 1690 calories
    • 126 g fat (22 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
    • 92 g carbohydrates
    • 2840 mg sodium

    2. Applebees: Riblet and Chicken Tenders Platter
    Riblet and Chicken Tenders Platter

      • 2040 calories
      • 115 g fat (28 g saturated, 1 g trans)
      • 175 g carbohydrates
      • 4610 mg sodium

      3. Buffalo Wild Wings: Ribs and Traditional Wings Combo
      Ribs and Traditional Wings Combo

        • 2540 calories
        • 187 g fat (60 g saturated, 2.5 g trans)
        • 111 g carbohydrates
        • 5620 mg sodium

        4. Buffalo Wild Wings: Ribs and Boneless Wings Combo
        buffalo wild wings

          • 2470 calories
          • 171 g fat (51 g saturated, 1.5 g trans)
          • 140 g carbohydrates
          • 6960 mg sodium

          5. Chili’s: Crispy Honey-Chipotle Chicken Crispers w/ Ranch
          Crispy Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers

            • 1700 calories
            • 77 g fat
            • 200 g carbohydrates
            • 4110 mg sodium

            6. Denny’s: The Grand Slamwich with Hash Browns
            Dennys- The Grand Slamwich with Hash Browns

              • 1530 calories
              • 102 g fat (45 g saturated, 1 g trans)
              • 97 g carbohydrates
              • 3690 mg sodium

              7. Longhorn Steakhouse: Porterhouse with Loaded Baked Potato
              Longhorn Steakhouse- Porterhouse with Loaded Baked Potato

                • 1630 calories
                • 102 g fat (41 g saturated, 4.5 g trans)
                • 57 g carbohydrates
                • 2330 mg sodium

                8. IHOP: Country/Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs w/Sausage Gravy
                ihops-country-fried-steak-and-eggs-has-1760-calories

                  • 1850 calories
                  • 115 g fat (33 g saturated, 2 g trans)
                  • 143 g carbohydrates
                  • 4550 mg sodium

                  9. Macaroni Grill: Chianti BBQ Steak
                  Macaroni Grill- Chianti BBQ Steak

                    • 1920 calories
                    • 121 g fat (42 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
                    • 81 g carbohydrates
                    • 3130 mg sodium

                    10. Macaroni Grill: Chicken Milanese
                    Macaroni Grill- Chicken Milanese

                      • 1570 calories
                      • 107 g fat (36 g saturated, 0.5 g trans)
                      • 91 g carbohydrates
                      • 1710 mg sodium

                      11. Outback Steakhouse: Porterhouse Steak with Loaded Baked Potato and Caesar Salad
                      Porterhouse Steak with Loaded Baked Potato and Caesar Salad

                        • 1693 calories
                        • 113 g fat (45 g saturated, 2 g trans)
                        • 68 g carbohydrates
                        • 2096 mg sodium

                        12. On the Border: Dos XX Fish Tacos w/ Creamy Red Chile Sauce
                        Dos XX Fish Tacos w/ Creamy Red Chile Sauce

                          • 1950 calories
                          • 121 g fat
                          • 158 g carbohydrates
                          • 3540 mg sodium

                          13. Red Robin: Triple S Riblet & Creamy Mac and Cheese
                          Red Robin- Triple S Riblet & Creamy Mac and Cheese

                            • 1904 calories
                            • 116 g fat
                            • 119 g carbohydrates
                            • 4294 mg sodium

                            14. TGI Friday’s: Jack Daniels Ribs
                            TGI Fridays- Jack Daniels Ribs

                              • 1530 calories
                              • 73 g fat (21 g saturated, 0 g trans)
                              • 158 g carbohydrates
                              • 3220 mg sodium

                              15. Tony Roma’s: Beef Ribs–Full Slab
                              Tony Romas- Beef Ribs--Full Slab

                                • 2289 calories
                                • 189 g fat (82 g saturated)
                                • 66 g carbohydrates
                                • 2895 mg sodium

                                How to Eat Healthier When Eating Out

                                So how do you figure out what’s healthy and what’s not when you eat out? Fortunately, many larger restaurants now post nutrition information on their websites. You can either check online before you head out to eat, or ask your server for a copy of the nutrition facts at the restaurant.

                                A little common sense goes a long way too: don’t order anything that’s fried, cream sauces are a no-no, and opt for fresh veggies as a side instead of French fries. Perhaps most importantly, be sure to watch your portion sizes. One of the easiest ways to do this is to ask your waiter to box up half your meal before it comes out—this cuts your calorie intake by half immediately (as long as you don’t make up for it by scarfing down bread and an appetizer sampler).

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                                At the end of the day, you have the power to educate yourself and use that knowledge to choose healthier foods when you eat out. That in turn can translate into big-time changes to your health over time.

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                                The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                                The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                                Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

                                The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

                                1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

                                Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

                                 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

                                To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

                                And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

                                 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

                                Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

                                3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

                                Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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                                4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

                                The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

                                5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

                                Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

                                6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

                                Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

                                7. Positive people smile a lot!

                                When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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                                8. People who are positive are great communicators.

                                They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

                                9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

                                One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

                                10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

                                Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

                                How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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                                I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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