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Back when eating out used to be fun

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,
Gail
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CHRISTA90 11/3/2013 2:11AM

  Wonderful post! Just how I feel. Now travel with paper copies of local restaurant menus. However there is some consolation with trying to eat right....one can keep those jeans buttoned up!


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KDYLOSE 10/15/2013 12:12PM

    I have a nephew like that, they thought he needed an aide in school so his folks sent him to a private school and then he won a free ride to Stanford working with computer intelligence.

Personally, re the restaurant menu I think I would forget about counting the sodium and just drink lots of water the rest of the day.

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LISALGB 10/14/2013 1:34AM

    Good for you. I wish restaurants would offer more healthy choices. Sometimes it is nearly impossible to find something healthy and appetizing on a menu.

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/14/2013 12:49AM

    What you shared reminded me of the nightmare of eating out in Hungary last week... I am so glad it is much more healthy in France and I can always find a healthier option on the menu! Good for you for making the efforts to eat healthy, even if it isn't always fun.

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VMMMAY 10/13/2013 3:15PM

    yes, depending on the entree it might be stepping over the line and then its downhill into fudge and frosting and despair! and those desserts never taste as good as I anticipate. Better to taste success!

Congrats to your grandson for a similar kind of hard work, and such amazing success!

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TRENTDREAMER 10/13/2013 8:29AM

    " but for years after he died, I would order a hot chicken sandwich once in a while, and regret the relationship we never had. "
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" 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. "
* Congrats to him!!

"Tasty and I felt moderately virtuous, but not really fun, if you know what I mean. "
* I've noticed in my diet as I've started eating more cleanly and eating out less. Eating out just feels bad. I don't use salt in my cooking or simple carbs. When I go out to eat I'm usually bombarded with both.

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ALIHIKES 10/12/2013 8:03PM

    Actually the meal sounded delicious to me! (and I would have totally had the garlic/caper aioli). I'm impressed with your planning ahead. I do occasionally have meals without worrying about the calories, but I usually just look at the menu when I am there. And sometimes I just indulge -- I'm going to dinner at a friend's home tomorrow night, I know she will be serving lasagna, and I will just eat a smaller portion.

I think it is great that your grandson is doing so well.

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KATHRYNLP 10/12/2013 9:12AM

    Enjoy your Thanksgiving Weekend... and enjoy a good meal. emoticon

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NORASPAT 10/11/2013 9:53PM

    I lost my post trying to get an emoticon at the end.
Fred and I rarely eat out I love to cook. I often am disappointed especially at the bill.
That said we both choose our meal at home from the internet menus. Spark has an eating out guide and I keep it in sight . Mostly we use salmon for DH and Steak -small portion for me. HUGS Pat in Maine
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MADAMES 10/11/2013 6:57PM

    I do know what you mean!! Rarely can I just relax and eat whatever looks good! Even if I do, I track everything I eat, so I can't really get away with anything! I do think about the "good old days" but I also think about how uncomfortable I was with my size.
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PATRICIAANN46 10/11/2013 6:13PM

  Hi Gail........
I DO know what you mean. I have found that if I am going to eat out, I adjust my other meals and keep my total calories within a healthy range. I DO Google the menus and choose as healthy an option as possible, but if I am staying within my calorie range, this is what has worked best for me.
Have a wonderful weekend.
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MEADSBAY 10/11/2013 5:02PM

    Ahahahaha!
I'm nowhere near as vigilant as you but I do remember when it used to be a lot more fun to eat out and have a few drinks.
Can't remember the last time I cut loose like that.
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SUSIEPH1 10/11/2013 4:46PM

    Well done Gail dear, I admire your resolve .. I know it is so hard to stay on track .. But once you get to your goal weight then you can factor in a nice meal out once in a while ..

Just to let you know .. I finally got Colin's bleeding under control .. His doctor will be calling in today .. Just had a good nights sleep and feeling ready to face whatever presents itself today ..
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MENNOLY 10/11/2013 1:11PM

    In my opinion one needs to come to a compromise with being really fervent with staying within eating guidelines and enjoying an occasional meal out. Emphasis on occasional. Otherwise a person would build up a resentment of the eating plan and fall off the wagon. I agree that one can't let things slide as a regular thing but once in a while keeps me sane.

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LADYBIRD82 10/11/2013 11:19AM

    Know what you mean. When ever I eat out I have to goggle or on line menu the selections so I can decide what to eat. Drives my husband so crazy. Sometimes just wish I could let it go, but I guess its become a habit, a way of life. emoticon

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