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Rant of the day!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Ok, so I've been off having a fling but I have been exercising and tracking. I've just been eating too. I can go for just so long and then I have to break out. How can I resist, I'm surrounded and bombarded by food! It's everywhere from TV, billboards and so much advertisement! I love going out to eat but nothing and I mean NOTHING is made plain anymore. You think you pick the right thing and find out the hidden calories in it has spoiled your efforts. And please don't get me started on salt!! Cooks drown you in this.

I recently went out to eat, picked a rotessary chicken with sweet potato half and broccoli. I actually saw them take the sweet potatoes out of the oven and squirt some awful yellow stuff from a squeeze bottle on them before putting them on the plates. The chicken was covered in grease to make it 'brown' better, I was told and the broccoli had a delicious cheese sauce that it was cooked in so you couldn't get it on the side.

I normally would cross this restaurant off my list but I'm finding this is the way of cooking down here. It's your choice vs fried foods that are so plentiful. Another consideration is price. An expensive restaurant is ok once in awhile but when you like to go out even once a week, price dictates where you go. In this day of fighting obesity and diabetes you would think places would smarten up. People talk one way but money is the real winner. Restaurants are in the money business and will not change. Even places like Applebee's which say under 500 calorie dishes lie to you! Give the people what they want to hear, not what is true, make them feel good.

So that's my rant for the day. Needless to say, every time I go out to eat, I gain 3 lbs. it's a vicious circle and I'm stuck in a loop, still struggling. But I'm grateful that I can at least stay in this same range which is a long way from where I had once been.
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HZGLORY 3/26/2013 1:15PM

    Noreen, I totally agree with you on the way they cook things in restaurants. I too love going out as long as it is not fast food, but I hate the great temptation it is to me. Really hard to watch the rest of your group eat everything you want to eat but can't. Like good french fries. I always ask for 1 or 2 of theirs so I can feel that (want) satisfied but not indulged.

I always ask them to bring a take home box when they deliver the meal. I cut it in half right when they bring it and take it home for a lunch left over the next day. I know if I even eat one bit before I cut it I will struggle with eating the correct portion. At least here in Colorado they are cutting the size of the portions so it is not as hard as it used to be. My problem is always wanting a desert, yeah never cut that one Yikes!

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1EMMA2011 3/15/2013 6:09PM

    Sometimes the best we can do is maintain and I think you are doing really well!!

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TURTLETALK 3/15/2013 3:47PM

    I agree that it can be difficult. I have a go to meal for most of the restaurant's that my husband and I frequent. Even my "go to" is high in calories but I make the best choices I can given my options.

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SUGARSMOM2 3/15/2013 1:23PM

  yes it is hard to find restaurants that cook clean . so many ruin the meal with the things that are done to the food. ask how it is prepared. that might give you a clue but not always . put sauces on the side if you can . I asked them at a steakhouse to put the dressing on the salad on the side they informed me that it was premixed in the kitchen and could not be fixed that way . Needless to say i did not order it . so once again a plain salad with dressing on the side . .

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SKIRNIR 3/15/2013 11:50AM

    Maybe the requirement for restaurants in chains to post nutrition information will help you. I think it takes affect by this summer. I think it will help me to make better decisions. Right now, I try to guess where we are going to eat ahead, and look at their website early, but don't always know ahead. Then I do the best I can and learn from it when I do see their nutrition information. Also, feel free to ask without butter, if you know they add it. Not that you know that until after your first time there.

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