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Shame on you...Chef Salad!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wow...I needed a break from the house and was invited to our local diner for lunch. I jumped at the opportunity to test my restraunt vs. diet knowledge.

I thought I was doing great! I ordered my iced tea, unsweetened of course (which gets you weird looks here in Texas, they really LOVE their sweet tea)!

Then I ordered the chef salad, figuring I would get a great serving of veggies. I did get veggies, but was underwhelmed when the lettuce was nothing but iceberg. (I am getting to where I love spring greens, weeds, so much more)! It did have a great portion of tomatoes, mushrooms and onions, and a few bell peppers (could have had more bell peppers). But they had no low cal dressings, so I chose my favorite down fall, Ranch! I only had three tbsp., but OMGoodness, it made my lunch a diet disaster!!! My "healthy" lunch ended up being 815 calories!! Makes me sick!!! I am so mad at myself, and now I am going to force myself to workout again today (I hate this when I have already showered)!

Also did you all know that when you go to a restraunt they don't care about your health! The turkey and ham are not low fat varieties, people! I could tell by the flavor! I feel violated....lol! They are the lion in sheeps clothing!!! Oh great, I also forgot to add the two crackers that I crumbled up on top, to my lunch calorie total! Just great!

Oh well, it was a learning experience and life goes on...lol!

So I am now boycotting restraunts as much as I can. I would prefer to get the healthy ingredients and make it myself! Although, I did enjoy my time out, away from the house. I will be so glad when my brother gets back on the road tonight! I love him, but it is time for him to get back to work!

Hope you all have a great day!

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    I love your blog. I have learned how to "eat clean", and pass it on to my daughters. My youngest daughter, Kasey, 22, went to McDonald's yesterday, and they started putting the nutrition info on the packages, she called me and said, "Mom you don't want to eat any McDonald's hamburgers!" (I know Kasey, I won't!!)
    I stay away from processed foods and junk now. I'm AMAZED at how much better I feel!
    We've also had to cut back on sodium for my husband because (its a long story) the dr. thought he had Menieres Disease, so we cut down sodium to 1500 mg. a day. (It turned out to be a tumor, that we're just learning more about) anyway, talk about an eye opener, trying to keep your sodium in a healthy range!! Even the average person should only eat 2400 a day!

    Anyway- I found your blog from another sparkfriends page. ANd when I seen your name it got my attention!! KarlieK
    3204 days ago
    Keep in mind that restaurants work by supply and demand, just like most industries. They don't serve the healthiest stuff because their clientele isn't asking for it. :-(

    Once I made the decision to eat healthier, I became like Sally (from "When Harry Met Sally") and made sure I asked questions about what the menu item *really* consisted of. Every once in a while I have a server that "gets it" and the difference on my plate is amazing! In fact, I have found new favorites when eating out just because I asked and the chef was willing!
    3224 days ago
    yep, the nutritious salads have, like 1000 calories in the salad dressing. I found the very worst, tho, are Bush's chicken and Taco Bell. The smallest of meals at either place usually racks up 1900 or more in calories
    3224 days ago
    I feel your pain! I feel like every time I eat out, you have NO idea just what lurks in your food! I have become the master at asking for EVERYTHING "dry" or "on the side". A good tip I got from a fellow sparker was to ask for a to-go box right from the beginning or have the waitress/waiter only bring you half the meal and box the other right up! That way there is no temptation to eat it all in one sitting emoticon
    3225 days ago
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