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Staying healthy when eating out with the kids!
Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
How do you do restaurants with your children? Is it a "special" event, order whatever you want? Or do you have guidelines? For the kids, I order a side of fresh fruit or steamed veggie in addition to a kid-size main dish. I usually cave on dessert if the restaurant has a small serving option...

How about you?

Chris Tiongson, MD responded:
This is a tough one. Sometimes I cave as well. The decision to choose healthier items starts with choosing a healthier restaurant---one with healthier items the kids want to eat.
Haylen_WebMD_Staff replied to Chris Tiongson, MD's response:
Dr. Tiongson - It seems that restaurants are making an effort to offer healthy choices. Used to be "hot dog" or "chicken nuggets" with fries was the standard kid choice. Caving for dessert every once in a while is fine, right? I grew up with a mom who would never let my brother and I have "treats". As a result, we both ended up with an unhealthy relationship to food.

I try to strike a balance, but it's not easy!

How do you do dessert with your kids?

Chris Tiongson, MD replied to Haylen_WebMD_Staff's response:
Dessert is not the enemy.

Part of the way my family tries to find that balance is through portion size. The mini or kid size ice cream treats are a good "sometimes" food. Going out for frozen yogurt instead of ice cream is also a good option. Splitting or sharing items is another way.

The goal is not erradication of sweets but appropriate, moderate enjoyment of them in the broader context of a healthy balance of food, move, mood and recharge.

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