A Learning Experience
Saturday, April 24, 2010
To paraphrase the words of the writer Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice and men does often go astray. I faced the reality of those words this past Wednesday when 2 friends from out of state stop by unexpectedly on their way to a conference. I had set a goal to track my food for one month and had just finished the 1st week. My plan was to plan my meals and eat only what I prepared at home so I could learn eat balanced and healthy meals within my nutrient and calorie goals. My friend insisted on taking me out to lunch. I panicked. I have to track my food. There are no measuring spoons or cups at a restaurant. They decided to take me to a Buffet style restaurant. This was great I decided because I could list what I ate and control my portions. From measuring my food at home I had a general idea of the size of a tbsp of food. So I only served myself 1 or 2 tbsp of what I chose to eat and only drank water with my meal. I even allowed myself 2 tbsp of dessert. I was feeling pretty good about my solution to my eating out problem until I sat down that night to track m y food intake. The things I thought would over my nutrition goals, like calories and carbs, were within goal including the protein and fiber. The fat goal was slightly over by 5: But my Sodium intake was way over goal. This was upsetting. Controlling my sodium intake is important to my health and controlling my blood pressure. This experience has taught me that not only the amt of food is important when eating out but what you choose to eat. Next time I dine out I will avoid foods that look high in fat or taste too salty. Also, I wonder is it possible to track the calories and nutrients in a mixed bean salad or do you measure each variety of bean separately(LOL)?