Thursday, March 21, 2013
My son had a half day of school today and wanted to go out for lunch. At first I hesitated. I didn't want to blow everything that I've worked so hard for by eating out. Then I realized that I wasn't doing myself any favors by hiding out at home with my "safe" foods. I need to learn to live the lifestyle. So, I let him pick the restaurant, and I did my research and planning.
Fortunately, he picked Panera. They have an excellent nutrition guide on-line and even a menu builder. I knew that my favorite bread bowl of soup was out of the question (660 calories without the soup!), but there were plenty of options to choose from. I had my plan: You Pick 2 with a cup of the French Onion soup and a half Classic salad. I would get an apple on the side.
When she asked for my choice of side, I was supposed to say apple, but for some reason it sounded a lot like baguette. Hmmm... That's ok. It was an additional 100 calories that I could still fit into my day. The salad was huge! The soup was filling and plenty. I was full but not uncomfortable when I was finished. The baguette may not have been as nutritious as the apple, but it was warm and satisfying. I didn't miss that huge bread bowl at all.
I went out to lunch and survived, even thrived!