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May 19, 2012 5:48 AM
Hey all

I know nothings going to be good for me, but we've been invited out and since this is a lifestyle change and not a diet I don't want to think that I'll never ever eat a takeaway again because frankly that's unrealistic. So whats the best thing to get? I hate sweet and sour but other than that I'm open to suggestions. I usually get something with king prawns and have a bit of boiled rice (1/3 of a tray) do you think that would be ok?
May 19, 2012 5:52 AM
Beef and broccoli with sauce on the side? I honestly don't know!
May 19, 2012 5:52 AM
I think king prawns are a good bet. I usually have a clear soup - prawn meat and sweetcorn. Basically though, this is a life-style change, so it is important to work "normal" eating into your routine!! Have a look at the calorie values for what you would like to eat - then work backwards for the day. You could plan to have maybe - vegetable sticks with cottage cheese for lunch and some fruit and yoghurt for breakfast with what you have left out of your daily calorie allowance?? Or go for a brisk walk for 30 mins to earn some extra calories. Compromise is the name of the winning game I feel!! Good luck and enjoy your chinese!! flowerforyou
May 19, 2012 5:53 AM
smile You can do chicken or shrimp and broccoli with steamed (not fried) brown rice and sauce on the side, that should keep it somewhat healthy (just watch portions).
May 19, 2012 5:54 AM
I get steamed chicken and broccoli and they put the sauce on the side. You can have rice/ brown rice with it as well. I usually get an egg roll too... just because ;)
May 19, 2012 5:55 AM
my bf is a huge chinese food fan so when i first started on here i ate it ALOT!!! from what i could find chicken and broccoli was the best option. low cals chicken for protein and a good veggie carb. i never ate the rice, if i was hungry i would ask for double chicken or broccoli instead of the rice when ordering. i also gave all the sides away (fortune cookie, eggroll) egg drop soup is also VERY low calorie

Have fun smile
May 19, 2012 5:55 AM
I had Chinese last night too- chicken and brock and 2 cups listed as 580 cals. Wtf it was mostly broc! Why does it have to taste soooooo good?????
May 19, 2012 5:56 AM
I just wish i knew a good way to count the bloody things, since the local places are not chains (and 2 of the 3 are buffets) there is no good way to even guess how many calories are involved.
May 19, 2012 5:59 AM

I get steamed chicken and broccoli and they put the sauce on the side. You can have rice/ brown rice with it as well. I usually get an egg roll too... just because ;)

AGREED!!!! This is what I do too and it is yummy and filling! :-)
May 19, 2012 5:59 AM
Some chinese places have "healthy" options where they don't cook it with oil. You could get steamed chicken and veggies or go with tofu/bean curd, so low cal and yummy and filling!
May 19, 2012 6:00 AM
Thanks for the replies guys =) I loathe broccoli but would be happy with just chickens or prawns and a bit of sauce... its a far cry from the beef chow mein with noodles, egg fried rice AND chips that I would have ordered 5 weeks ago!
May 19, 2012 6:18 AM
After seeing your post, I went to the food database and did some poking. If you like Chinese take-out, there is all sorts of things you can eat! bigsmile bigsmile Just enter the word chinese on the search line.

Since you ARE making a lifestyle change and NOT going in a diet, keep in mind that you can actually eat anything you want to. As long as you plan ahead and, above all else, are in control. Last week, I had steak, a big taco, and a couple of cookies, and peanuts, ate ridiculously healthy, kept my fat and sodium in check and lost two pounds and enjoyed my tasty food! blushing
May 19, 2012 6:25 AM
Go do some exercise if you know you're not going to be eating well, then you can enjoy your food without worrying :D going over by a couple of hundred calories on one day isn't going to make you gain weight, just eat healthy for the rest of the week and get more exercise! Enjoy!
May 19, 2012 6:26 AM
My family likes to order a bunch of stuff & share, which doesn't always include the healthiest options for me ......but no big deal ...... I take SMALL portions of a few things, and drink lots of water or tea ...... seems to work out ok ......

Edited by verptwerp On May 19, 2012 6:27 AM
May 19, 2012 6:30 AM
Personally, I would have whatever you fancy, just make sure that you eat sensible-sized portions. If I order chinese, I tend to get an egg-fried rice and a chicken chow mein (simply because I can't ever decide whether to get something with rice or something with noodles) and eat half of each, then have the rest for dinner the next day.

Like someone else said, if you plan it in advance then you can make sure to eat fewer calories in the first half of the day or go do some exercise before dinner so that whatever you eat doesn't make you go too far over calories.
As you say it is unrealistic to think you won't ever want to have a takeaway, and I think it's unrealistic to think you will want to give up the things that you used to order from that takeaway - just eat them in moderation and combine with exercise and less food for the rest of the day :)
May 19, 2012 6:32 AM
I like the made to order grills that Chinese buffets have. I load up on veggies and an egg and throw in some chicken. I always choose one of the hot spices or sauces and they grill it all up for me. Yummy, now I want Chinese!
May 19, 2012 7:36 AM
hey guys - I've got 910 calories left and am going to go for a walk so I don't think I should go over.. it's just so difficult to know whats in things!
May 19, 2012 7:38 AM
I'd just have one of the staff. The chinese are generally healthy people.
May 19, 2012 7:44 AM
I would just get whatever I wanted but eat less of it lol.
May 19, 2012 7:44 AM
I usually get steamed chicken (tofu or shrimp) with broccoli or mixed vegs and use a little lower sodium soy sauce. Sometimes over a little brown rice. Also, steamed veg dumplings are good as long as you share with someone
May 19, 2012 8:55 AM

I'd just have one of the staff. The chinese are generally healthy people.

Edited by gaia3rd On May 19, 2012 8:55 AM
May 19, 2012 9:00 AM
I had Chinese last night, I ate steamed shrimp with vegetables (no sauce) and did not eat the rice.
May 19, 2012 9:02 AM
If you stick with a shrimp dish, as long as its not fried... You should be okay. The sauces are usually lighter for seafood. I believe oyster sauce is not too bad....Beef and broccoli is also really low which surprised me... you might gain a little water weight from the sodium, so make sure to stay hydrated today and tomorrow:) enjoy your meal! I love Chinese, and wish the restaurants here would offer brown rice and healthier options. It's like pulling teeth to get the sauce on the side lol.
May 19, 2012 9:04 AM
May 19, 2012 9:12 AM
I think the sauces are the main culprits. They add a lot of cornstarch, and sugar. If you notice, most Asians do not eat this sauce So I would suggest no sauce, and brown rice


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