What's with restaurants?

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

When dining at restaurants, my husband and I skip the bread, ask for dressings on the side, no sauces and turn down drink refills, and we always get the same question from our server, "Are you sure? There's no additional cost." and we always reply "it's not about the cost, it's about our health." We were recently at Texas Roadhouse, where right before they seat you the hostess grabs a basket of rolls for your table. We declined them and got the strangest look from the girl who was seating us. When I told her that I had researched the nutritional content of those rolls and found that each one of them has 227 calories, not to mention the fat and carbs, she said "yeah I know, but I still eat them." I just thought to myself, you keep eating them and you're not going to be skinny for long...but I digress.

We get the same questions and the same attitude regardless of where we are eating. On those rare occasions that we get ice cream, or popcorn (at the movies) and are asked if we want to up-size for 25 cents more and we always say no - the skinny little thing behind the counter looks at us like we have 3 heads. I realize that it's because the majority of Americans have the more for less mentality, we want more, more, more - of everything. I used to be one of these types of Americans, but not anymore. I have learned that I am the only one who can control what and how much I eat. It's my responsibility to say "NO," and I take that responsibility very seriously.

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    I love that attitude! My husband and I were talking today about how we would totally support a "junk food" tax, but that does not address the problem of restaurants super-sizing the portions for a few pennies of their cost but a few dollars extra on the consumer's side. Americans want to feel like they are getting a lot for their money and it has played havoc with our health.

    My husband and I stopped eating out for over 4 months last year, and even though we occasionally go out now, it is nowhere near as often as we used to. It's the only way to have any real chance at losing weight for us!
    2573 days ago
    We have the same problem when we eat out. It's traditional for us to go to The Olde Spaghetti Factory on birthdays, and boy do they roll out the free extras. The bread and garlic butter are like crack cocaine -- before you know it you've whomped down over 1000 calories, and you haven't gotten to the main course yet!
    2575 days ago
    Good for you!!! You can't do anything about the reaction...but you can continue to watch out for yourself!! Like the motivation! Good post! Keep Sparkin'!!!
    2575 days ago
    It is definitely a hard habit to change... We are so used to trying to get the most value for our dollar that we completely neglect the value of our health. We'll just change the world, one Sparkie at a time. :) emoticon
    2575 days ago
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