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Eating out in some places, check ahead of time!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I can find the nutrition information for just about everywhere I eat out. Today will be the third day I've eaten from some restaurant or another. I've been going with the things that I've gotten used to eating out with the family, but today will be the third day we'll have eaten out and it's really really hard to find anything that meshes with my calories for the day.

I can easily do Chinese food. I can easily do any fast food joint with just a burger. I could do Subway and feel stuffed.

Today we're going to Perkins, courtesy of the choice of my brother in law who will be leaving today. I could easily just not eat there and sit sipping a glass of water, but look dumb doing it. I was contemplating their eclaires, but that in itself is 500 calories. You'd think a salad would be the way to go, but the one that looked tasty with dressing and fried chicken bits is 1200 calories.

If I am choosing something that kinda fits into my calories for the day, then I'm guaranteed a lot of sodium. I wish that these places would make things equal up to what, in my mind, should be a low calorie choice, but it seems they cook things in such a way that it is no longer tasty or fits into a real diet. I one time had their "steak", which was both under my calorie count for one meal and within my required sodium specifications. It was not tasty and not the type of steak I would have chosen in a real steak place.

Today, with the help of their nutrition calculator, I did find something that won't kill me and I figure that I've been over in my counts all weekend since the in-laws have been here, so today I doubt will be that great either. One meal won't kill me and I'm not being required to eat out twice today. It will fit into my day, since I'm NOT having the pancakes that come standard with the breakfast meals and I'm NOT having the potatoes that are also a standard choice. What I AM doing is creating my own meal with their "build your own omelette" with no additional meat, just cheese and spinach, with the sides being fruit and an English muffin.

So I'm glad that I do have the choice to look things up before I go to these places so I can make more desirable choices than the "standard" choices that most people would make. If I couldn't do it ahead of time, then I would not have made the right choice because I don't have on the go internet and they don't have the nutrition guide there for us to look at (yes, I asked last time).

Today's lunch will be under 600 calories, still a lot more than I usually have in one meal as it's about half my allotted calories for the day, but still manageable for the day.

Here's to getting fruit and veggies to cleanse the rest of my day! I'm glad the hubby and I are going to Target afterward for some yummy nibbles.
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    When I first started using Spark I learned quickly to look up restaurant menus and nutritional values before we went out. Luckily these days I have a smartphone so I can do it on the fly too. It saves me when the family goes to places like Red Lobster or the Outback.
    1760 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Nice to see your planning ahead when eating out. I agree sodium is a big problem with many eateries
    1761 days ago
  • METIS457_79
    Good approach. You did some research and picked something you are happy with. We haven't been out to eat since I started Spark. I will definitely do my research before we go.
    1762 days ago
  • ONUTHIN125
    Thanks for the info. I try to eat at home as much as possible. Spark On! emoticon
    1762 days ago
    I definitely have a harder time dealing with the sodium at restaurants than the calories. And, some restaurants will publish calories, fat, etc, but leave out the sodium values, making my decisions harder since it is an unknown. Honestly, though, the sodium counts at restaurants are soooo out of control. At least for me, it's just my own awareness/obsession of how sodium affects me (water retention). I can't imagine trying to navigate dining out if I had a health condition where I actually had to stay below a certain number. But, like you mentioned, it's really great that we have the technology and information available to be more informed before we head out to restaurants!
    1762 days ago
  • DR1939
    Try ordering from their Senior Menu. Most Perkins will allow you to customize your meal. The 2-egg omelette is large enough and they will do the bread without the spread. The grilled fish on the senior menu can be kept within a reasonable range.
    1763 days ago
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