It's ok, you're not asking for a specialized diet, you just want to know serving sizes, and nutritional amounts of the food. Try going back and explaining to them what it is that you need.
Just go back, and be really nice, and "I'm sorry I must not have made myself clear...., and then explain what it is you do need. Just remember, you get more flies with sugar than with vinegar, so try and do it with a smile :)
Does the facility have dietician? If so, try to recruit that person. Again, a fellow staff member making the request might make a huge difference.
Otherwise, your stuck with either getting a print out or going in blind.
At least with a print out of the menu, you can do research before you eat. Say dinner that night is meat lasagna, salad, bread and butter as main course. Well, ok, look online for Stouffers meat lasagna. That's gonna be pretty basic -your probably not being served any super complicated lasagna. Run the numbers so you know how much fat, cals, and carbs are in a serving for lasagna, salad, dressing, bread, butter. Then you decide how much you can eat of it. This is where you need to know portion sizes by sight. Are you being served 8 ounces of lasagna? 10 ounces? 15? How much bread? Are you using a teaspoon of butter, 3 tablespoons? How much low cal dressing is on your salad.
Going in blind? Ok, well...that's still do-able :) Just harder. This is where daily tracking of all foods and knowing correct portion sizes by heart come into play. After a few weeks, you should know the approximate nutrients of a piece of grilled chicken breast, a side of peas, how much a pat of butter is, how many calories 2 tablespoons of low cal dressing is, etc.
Mentally track during dinner, or jot down what your eating while you eat (just on a scrap of paper). And go home and enter these foods into your tracker. You might eventually find you are eating the same foods, or types with regularity.
If anything, you can get in the habit of over estimating while eating, come home and track, and find out hey...you can have a bowl of frozen yogurt for dessert and still fit into your daily range!!
Edit to add: You might be just looking for a number from them. All dinners they serve might always be in the same range. They might tell you all dinners are about 700 calories, 45 grams of carbs and 20 grams of fat.
Edited by: EELPIE at: 1/3/2014 (11:53)
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