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5/2/13 10:26 P

It was nice meal and nice to have once in a while but I will definitely look at nutrition reports online before I go out! We could have stopped and not had the brownie and would have been happy.
I always used to think that I was doing good because I hardly ate "empty" calories (chips, pop, doughnuts, etc) but now I see what portions do as well!
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PENAM87 Posts: 46
5/2/13 5:57 P

On my cheat meals, I honestly don't stress much about the nutrition content mostly because I want to enjoy my meal and not fret with counting my calories, etc..I always try to eat sensible with my cheat meals but if I know that I'm going to eat somethIng that is not so great, then I make sure to take that into account with my exercise. Plus I tell myself it's only ONE day that I do this and to remember what my eating habits were like before I started to take into account what I was eating.
So enjoy that brownie and glass of red wine! Plus pat yourself on the back for exercising portion control!

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5/2/13 4:39 P

If you would have skipped the Caesar Salad (so bad for you) and the Sundae Brownie, you probably would have been fine. Have you ever checked the nutritional information for The Cheesecake Factory foods? OMG! So, so very bad. It's a real eye opener.

But since you don't go out to eat that often and you and your hubby shared a meal then I wouldn't worry too much. You are allowed a treat every so often. Forgive yourself and move on!

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
5/2/13 2:11 P

" In one shared meal we had gone way over our daily totals! "

Yep - isn't that just amazing?? That restaurant portions are SO over-the-top, that even limiting yourself to HALF of a so-called "single serving" is actually more than you need?

The standard "restaurant advice for dieters" has been "eat half, ask the wait staff to box up the rest" - but these days it's more like, "eat one-third...."

That said - you had a pretty nice looking meal and didn't go over your calories by toooo much, so, good job! (yes I peeked at your tracker. couldn't help myself) :)

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5/2/13 1:59 P

I do that on Saturdays. Because there is a BD party for my grandson Friday night, I'll use that meal as a cheat meal. I moved my weigh day to Friday morning. I try to make healthy choices, but I tend to mess up when I go out to eat. And this will be Mexican fare!

It works and keeps me happy!

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5/2/13 1:08 P

yup, agreed. it is amazing how much of an eye opening experience it is when you take the time to really find out what is in the food you are being served. the salt, fat, and sugar levels are through the roof. make it a treat once in a while and enjoy.

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5/2/13 11:39 A

I agree with you. Eating out, and finding out the nutrition information for that food, has been an eye-popping experience for us, too. Most of the time it's just not worth it!

I agree with the earlier post, though. It's just one meal. You've learned a lot from the experience and can make different choices next time. I also check nutrition information ahead of time, when possible.

GRAMCRACKER46 Posts: 1,764
5/2/13 11:35 A

Whenever possible I check the nutrition on line before going out. Yesterday I had a craving for Taco Bell (don't laugh!). I checked first and found that my favorite nachos was 1/3 the calories and sodium than their salads. Wow I would have made a big mistake!

Any way don't fret was just one meal.


5/2/13 11:06 A

Last night my husband and I went out for a Birthday dinner for one of our friend's. Wednesday is our day to have one cheat meal so we knew that we would be over in calories. We shared 1 appetizer, 1 entree and 1 dessert -- this is what we normally would have eaten on our own so we only eat half of what we would have consumed a month ago. I thought we were doing quite well sharing.
I went to the restaurant`s web site and looked up the nutrition and we entered our dinners into nutrition tracker. What a shock! The calories! The sodium! In one shared meal we had gone way over our daily totals!

(We had calamari to start, a Cesar salad, steak dinner with veg, twice baked potato, and a brownie sundae. A straight martini, and red wine.)
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These cheat days allow us to maintain sanity but this has opened our eyes even wider to what our habits used to be and what to think about when we are out.

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