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Restaurant meals can be unmanageable even when I order abstinent food. Portions are huge, with side dishes often comprised of multiple carbohydrates. Good self-care requires that I ask for substitutions, so I do. And I always ask servers to bring a take-home box to me along with the food I order. I often have to restate this request again when my food arrives, since bringing take home boxes right away is not always part of servers’ routines, but OA has taught me patience—I will ask for a box until they bring it. Before I take my first bite, I slip

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