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6/2/12 5:57 A

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Courtney, given the fact that it was a buffet and that you ate reasonable portions, I would suspect that what did you in was not so much the food itself as the additives, mainly MSG! A lot of low-price Chinese restaurants use it, although the better (and unfortunately, pricier) ones don't.

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6/1/12 4:26 P

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This is so ironic..I went to the Chinese Buffet today. Yep, I did it. I was just leaving an SP friend a message about it. I feel HORRIBLE! sorry, to whomever started this thread. I went about it the wrong way though. Ive been eating so healthy for over a month. This food did not agree with me. I did drink lots of water. I ate small portions of chicken, beef, lo mein (yep, its not a bad source of protein), and one crab rangoon. I put my dipping sauce on the side. I had maybe a 1/4 cup of fried rice. Whatever I did, it just doesnt sit well. I think maybe the sodium, or whatever else. Maybe too much? IDK..Im sure I'll be back to my old self soon I just know now I should steer clear of Chinese for awhile. Felt good eating it, not so good after. It has to do with healthy eating. I havent had processed foods in about a month. So, anyway, I would opt for the foods with the least sodium and most vegetables.
But, on a good note, I plugged my food into the tracker and I only about 600cals for everything and about 30grams of protein. Of course 20G of fat too, I think. But if i can keep that as my fat for the day, I'll be happy. Im allowed 30 minimum I think? So enjoy yourself not all of it is bad.

Edited by: COURTNEYO5 at: 6/1/2012 (16:29)
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6/1/12 1:12 P

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I hate to say this but I had kunp pao the other night. I ate half of what they gave me and had NO rice or starches! It is still a terrible decision but i will not "give" up foods, cuz then I will fail. Just alter the course. Good luck!

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6/1/12 11:33 A

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This article has some great tips and ideas about what to order and what to avoid. HTH

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti
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6/1/12 11:02 A

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I'd stay away from things like sesame chicken or orange chicken (my fave) since they are battered and fried. Maybe something like chicken with broccoli, and ask them to go light on the sauce? Steamed rice instead of fried. And drink lots of water to help combat the sodium. Have a good time out with your friends! :)

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6/1/12 2:38 A

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Actually, Chinese food can be really easy! Most Chinese restaurants offer the option of having your meal steamed with some sauce on the side. You could order a steamed chicken and veggies dish or tofu and veggies, and then just use tiny amounts of sauce for flavor. (You could try dipping your fork into the sauce then taking a bite of the meal.) And often Chinese restaurants will offer the option of steamed brown rice instead of white rice or (horrors!) fried rice.

You'll have to skip most of the appetizers, although you might get lucky if they offer a veggie soup or something like that. I'd avoid wonton soup and the like.

Good luck!

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5/31/12 9:21 P

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Going out to dinner with friends to a chinese place.....any healthy suggestions?

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