Friday, February 08, 2013
I can still hear my Mother telling us "You have to clean up your plate to get up from the table." It was something I refused to do to my own children in hopes it would help them avoid becoming obese adults. I think it worked, since neither of them are, and both are into their 30's now.
Tonight I was reminded of this though. My husband and I had a dinner to go to that our meals were totally unknown ahead of time. I had spent my day preparing for the unknown, I made sure my earlier meals were within my nutrition plan, I exercised a little longer today, and I drank water all day!!!
When we arrived, I stuck to drinking ice water instead of wine or alcoholic drinks, and when they brought out the meal, I think I did very well in making decisions. I chose a whole wheat roll and ate only a small portion (1/3) without any butter or margarine. I chose Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing for my salad instead of Creamy Ranch, and used my tablespoon to put a very small amount (1 spoon) on my salad. When they brought out the main dish, I was served a "whole breast of chicken" instead of a 3 to 4 ounce portion, so I cut it into a little less than half, gave my husband a small piece he wanted, and put the bigger piece to the side to bring home. The remaining parts of the meal were all within normal portion sizes and easily fit into my nutrition plan for the meal without having to modify anything. I was so proud of myself for being true to what I should eat.
Then the surprise came. Many others at our table had also saved back portions of the grossly over sized portion of meat to bring home in a doggie bag, and when we asked the waitress to bag them up, we were told it was against the Hotel's Policy to allow bagged up food to go out of the hotel!!! For the first time in my life, I just let them take away the extras and most likely throw them away. But the whole time, I could hear my Mother saying "You have to clean up your plate to get up from the table"!!!
In the end, I did fine today and was right on target with my nutrition, with the only thing I was over on being fat and it was a very small amount at that. I was ironically slightly under in Calories and Carbohydrates. None of it enough to worry about since it was less than 1%. I can only hope that any future adventures in dining out can go this well. My husband and I are not major fans of eating out anyway and probably eat out less than 3 times a month if at all. We both love to cook and are actually very good at cooking good healthy meals at home.