Friday, October 11, 2013
I remember the BSP (before Spark People) days when eating out used to be fun. When I didn't peruse the menu anxiously, wondering how many calories, grams of fat and mg. of sodium would be in a hot chicken sandwich, with fries and gravy, which was my Father's big treat on the odd occasion when we would go to a restaurant. My father and I weren't very close, but for years after he died, I would order a hot chicken sandwich once in a while, and regret the relationship we never had.
Peter and I went to Toronto yesterday to have lunch with our daughter and son-in-law from Calgary who were passing through on their way to visit 5 universities next week with our grandson. Yes, our dyslexic grandson, the one teachers wanted to put in a life-skills class after grade 8, is now studying advanced physics and applying to study mechanical engineering, all thanks to the GOW School in New York State.
But I digress... my daughter suggested we meet at Moxie's Grill in one of the hotels on the airport strip. I found their on-line menu and started to look for a healthy choice for lunch.
Soup? No, too much sodium. A salad... almost my whole daily allowance of fat, and 1900 mg. of sodium. A burger? No. Stir fry? Pasta? No whole wheat option or brown rice.
I finally chose a grilled salmon sandwich on naan bread, no garlic and caper aioli, and a green side salad with dressing on the side. Tasty and I felt moderately virtuous, but not really fun, if you know what I mean.
I know I could have told myself, "it's just one meal, have what you like", but I know that for me it could have been a slippery slope, leading to... horror of horrors... dessert!
Thanks for reading,