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I've Learned My Lesson

Saturday, January 22, 2011

I am meeting a friend for brunch at Panera Bread and thought I would go to their website to check for calories/fat/carbs, etc. Was I ever surprised! emoticon

Often, when I went out to eat, I would order 'healthy' food, such as a turkey sandwich. I never checked their nutrition info. After all, it was turkey, lettuce and bread. That's healthy. NOT!!! I didn't realize that I was eating enough sodium for the week!

When I checked out Panera Bread's website, the calories, carbs or fat were higher than I guessed.

Don't guess. Check this info out before you order. If you can't check out their website before you go, ask them at the restaurant.

I am happy to say that I found something that will fit right in to my food for the day.

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    I'm one of those who has to "clean my plate" no matter what and restaurant fare is definitely not a good place to practice good nutritional habits...unless, of course, you plan ahead and check out the nutritional options on the menus. You've done wisely to look before you leap into that next plate of food. I need to start practicing this as I'm moving along well...but scarily I got two gift cards one to Olive Garden and one to Carrabbas for Christmas.
    2105 days ago
    Since using the SparkPeople nutrition tracker, I've learned that most bread products (buns, tortillas, bread, etc.) have a lot more sodium than I would have expected - some as much as 660 mg per slice of bread or per tortilla! It is definitely worth checking before eating!
    2105 days ago
    Good advice!
    2106 days ago
    emoticon for the emoticon info.
    I have been checking calories and fat..etc for almost 2yrs now. And it is so nice to see that many restaurants and fast food places are finally posting the nutrition values.
    2106 days ago
    emoticon emoticon finding the smart-food....
    2106 days ago
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    I thought I posted on your blog all ready!! Anyway I understand all menus of main restaurants will have to post calorie counts on their menus and won't that make us aware of poor or better choices. We will be in the know and can't just guess at what we are eating. emoticon
    2106 days ago
    emoticon I rarely eat out but if I am planning on going to a restaurant, I check out what they have available that I can eat. Nothing worse than sitting in a restaurant while others are eating. Of course, many times I just get a tossed croutons, no cheese, none of the crazy extras they put on them...lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes are great with a touch of spinach or romaine. YUMMY!! One of my favorite meals. I am on limited protein, carbs, sodium, etc due to health issues. But I can make healthy choices...just for me because I AM WORTH IT and SO ARE YOU!!!
    2106 days ago
    Isn't fantastic when restaurants provide calorie information? Outback Steakhouse has the calories right on the menu. It changed the way I ordered. THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!
    2106 days ago
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