Friday, March 14, 2008
I love, love, love going out to eat but now that I am dieting, I find it rather difficult. Actually, I think now that I am dieting, I am realizing where I may have put on most of my weight.
When I cook at home, the process starts when I grocery shop. I read the labels of every comparable item and choose that item that is the most calorie friendly vs my old routine of buying what looked good and was the least expensive. Then once home and when I begin cooking, I immediately cut off the nutrition labels to add to my food tracker or write them down for later. When it is finally time to eat, I know how much is one portion and how much I can afford to eat. Without fail, I am almost always satisfied.
When I go out to eat, I try to plan what I am going to choose before I leave by trying to find the nutritional information on line. Unfortunately, other than fast food restaurants, not many places release this information. So instead, I am searching for somewhere that may have a comparable item and use that as my base but in checking several websites, a single item can vary a lot from place to place, so my research ends up being only a hopefully good guess. Check it out. For instance the fish sandwiches at the different fast food restaurants, you'll be shocked.
Also, you think if I just get a salad, I will be doing better than eating than other items on the menu...wrong! Some salads are much more caloric and sometimes not as satisfying then getting a grilled chicken breast with a side of rice and veggies. I wish the restaurants would become more diet friendly and release their nutritional information. It doe not mean that it would keep me away from the items that are high in calories but instead would allow me to better figure out the portion I can have.
If anyone out there is reading my blog knows of any great items at restaurants that they really enjoy that have a reasonable amount of calories, please share your secrets with me!