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Day 124: I Hate Restaurants!

Friday, June 25, 2010

I have two parts in my life: BSP and ASP, Before Spark and After Spark! In my BSP going out for a meal was a past time activity which I enjoyed a lot, especially in the US with all the many different ethnic foods.

Since I have become a lot more food conscious, I stopped going to restaurants, mainly because I do not like all the hidden sodium, fillers, food coloring and calories. I enjoy eating at home, especially when my hubby cooks! Just kidding!

Yesterday, I took a friend and her mother for lunch. I was scanning the menu to find something SMALL, there was nothing vegetarian, not in the country side of Texas! I avoided the 4 oz. burger, also the crawfish etouffe (which I like but God knows how much lard is in that sauce.) I settled for grilled shrimp from the senior menu (!) and the server let me have boiled vegetables instead of French fries. The food came and I was ok with what I got: 5 gigantic shrimps and the vegetables with a small salad. Thank goodness I had not given in to the etouffe: My friend's mum got the "small" portion. OMG there was enough food for three days (especially after coming back from Europe, LOL!)

And let's not forget: BSP I would have happily eaten the "normal" portion: food for a week most likely. No wonder I got fat in the US. But now I am getting slim again in the US, and more than that: FIT! I love this country. We used to call it the country of unlimited possibilities. It still is: morbidly obese, a ultra-marathon-runner and anything in between, the choice is mine!
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    I am always amazed by the number of calories things are at restaurants. Sometimes I think I made a good choice and then get home and find out that the calories were much higher that I expected! Live and learn right?
    2825 days ago
    I personally think of eating ASP as a game...a challenge! Its like going into a store with $100 and thinking ok how much bang for my buck can I get with with? I go into the restauraunt and I grab that menu and I have a "shopping spree" with my cals. Most of the time I find something "cheap" but other days if I budget well I can splurge :) Great Blog I loved it!!! Keep doing a great job!
    2825 days ago
  • ANNE7X7
    I also loved going to restaurants BSP, but just like you, have stayed away from them ASP! It's done wonders for my health AND my budget!! Now we try to go to restaurants that have at least SOME healthy options, and I choose what I want to eat, but always leave some so as to not overeat. I probably still eat too many calories, but since it's just on occasion, it's no biggie!
    2825 days ago
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