Thursday, August 06, 2009
Since starting back on the pathway to a healthy lifestyle back in January, one of the hardest challenges I've had to face is my husband's eating habits. He likes to cook, but the things he cooks are seldom compatible with my new lifestyle. He likes to snack as well, and I've had to learn to stick to my guns and "just say no" to the trigger foods he offers me. I have tried to do this without hurting his feelings, but he gets exasperated from time to time.
We used to go out for dinner frequently when neither of us felt like cooking after a long day at work, but these days I prefer to prepare my own food so I can control what I'm putting into my body. Recently a friend gave us a gift certificate to a restaurant that's a bit more upscale than one we'd choose on our own. So I reluctantly agreed to go out to dinner tonight. Even though I had a light lunch in anticipation, I still figured I'd be over my calorie limit at the end of the day.
When the waitress brought the menu, I asked her if they had any nutritional information available. Of course, the answer was no. I selected what looked to be a healthy option - grilled tilapia, spinach and rice pilaf. It came with a cup of soup, italian bread and a dessert.
The portions were not oversized - I ate slowly, and took my dessert to go. After approximating my meal with the nutrition tracker, I had enough room left to eat the dessert without going over my nutritional quota. I thoroughly enjoyed it!!!
My husband has said that he doesn't know what to cook for me anymore because of my "crazy diet." I've explained that it's not a diet, just healthy choices and portion control. I think he's finally getting it.
Thank you, Spark People!!!