Friday, July 29, 2011
Long time, no blog. I really haven't had much to say. I've been plugging alone. I'm trying to find things to be grateful for every day. I try to exercise everyday to relieve stress. Both my husband and I try to eat as well as possible everyday. We've been having a lot of discussion lately about restaurant food and recipes.
Our youngest is an athlete who burns a significant amount of calories a day. Last night my youngest and I did community service. It was quite late by the time we had a chance to eat dinner, so we went to a local buffet. I filled my plate with fresh veges, some beans, a little bit of a rice salad and a little bit of a salad made with whole grain pasta. As we were sitting at our table I watched the people walk by toward the main courses and desserts. The only people I saw who were not overweight were under 13 years old. My observations illustrate something my husband and I have been discussing, if someone were to eat out a lot it's difficult to maintain a healthy weight.
My husband and I have both been collecting nutritional information from restaurants since we started watching what we eat. It's difficult to find menu items under 500 calories. Often if you find them, you have to ask your server to leave off cheese or dressings. Many restaurants have salads that have more calories and fat than their dinners. Most restaurants do not have items that are under 450 calories a serving. We have found it challenging to find a really healthy well rounded meal when we eat out.
Both of us are eating meals that are 450 calories or less, so that we can have a small snack or two per day. Those 450 calorie meals have to include the right portion of carbs, protein, and fat. They must also include the right amount of calcium, vegetables and fiber. Not only have we had difficulty with restaurant meals, we've also had difficulty finding recipes that are well-balanced and under 450 calories. My solution has been to modify recipes and change portions. Both of us have been cooking a lot of vegetables, using herbs and eating very lean protein. I've picked up a lot of low-calorie, low-fat cookbooks, but I've found that the majority of recipes in those cookbooks will have to wait until we are no longer overweight.
We are doing a great job of changing our eating habits. The hardest part has been learning how to navigate restaurant menus when we are traveling or super busy.