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MISSRUTH Posts: 4,300
2/6/13 11:03 A

Yes indeed those marketing people are SO tricky!! "Market Fresh"... sounds healthy. And the places that promote "Low Fat"... which does NOT mean they haven't jacked the carbs up sky-high, to make up for the lack of fat. And it seems like every restaurant uses a ton more salt in their recipes, than I ever use at home. Eating out always makes me thirsty.

sigh. I think a lot of us are just like you, and found out the hard way that what sounds like it'd be okay, or looks like it's not *that* much food, is really something different when you get the nutritional info on it.

No big deal. One of those "live and learn" things. I try to remember to grab some stuff before I leave the house-- piece of fruit, single serve size of nuts, a water. Maybe a protein bar if I've got any. Just something to keep me from needing to stop anywhere for food. Even if I don't think I'll be gone that long.... you just never know.

BRAVELUTE Posts: 3,966
2/5/13 2:53 P

I think you did pretty good! I drink extra water the day before, the day of, and the day after going out to eat, because of the the sodium problem. You will have that no matter where you go.

I always have a piece of fruit with me to hold me over until I can get to food I'm comfortable with. Once errands took extra long and I was pleased with what I found at a 7-11 store: hard boiled eggs, banana, and a 1 ounce packet of salt free nuts.
When I got home, I made a veggie salad and was very happy.

Aside from the sodium problem, restaurants usually give you enough for 2 meals. So you can request the carry out container up front to divide the meal before you ever start.

SONJAPEYTON SparkPoints: (2,537)
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2/5/13 2:22 P

Thanks so much for all your suggestions. I will definitely make an emergency non-perishable kit to keep in the car. That's a great idea for those mornings when I'm running behind and don't have time to pack a lunch. I also loved the idea of doing a little research ahead of time and keeping a list of acceptable choices in the car. Like you said, knowledge is power. I definitely wont be having anymore 800+ calorie sandwiches. Thanks again for the suggestions and the encouragement.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
2/5/13 1:32 P

More and more places have calorie counts posted somewhere. If not, ask for a nutrition guide at the counter so you can check before you order. I'm sure you weren't the first person fooled. One meal didn't get you here and one meal certainly won't ruin anything. Life happens. Lots of good suggestions here for next time.

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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2/5/13 11:43 A

don't worry about it. that is what is great about tracking. it helps you see exactly what you are eating.

you tracked it and learned something. think of that as a positive thing. knowledge is power.

my oh no! menu moment was jimmy johns #12 sub. 824 calories and 38 grams of fat! It wasn't like if i had that for lunch i wasn't going to be hungry later. i knew that a big mac was a bad choice, but would have never thought that jimmy johns sub would have more calories and fat than the big mac.

i don't have internet on my phone, so if i can i look up menus before i go out to eat. you could look up some options, and keep the list in your car, so if you stopped for fast food, you could make an ok choice.

you could also keep a sort of emergency lunch packed with things that don't spoil for when you are on the go and didn't bring a lunch with you. if you are ok with eating tuna occasionally, starkist makes lunch to go kits. individual fruit servings (ok-not as good as fresh fruit, but better than fast food), fiber one or special k bars. for about 400 calories you have a quick emergency lunch packed.

Edited by: CLARK971 at: 2/5/2013 (11:44)
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2/4/13 9:03 P

Sorry you had the slip.

SONJAPEYTON SparkPoints: (2,537)
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2/4/13 8:30 P

Definitely! Thanks!

SONJAPEYTON SparkPoints: (2,537)
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2/4/13 8:29 P

Thanks for the advise. Since I dont have any form of portable internet, I think I will try to pack a lunch from home next time. However, if I am caught out at meal time, I will not use the drivethrough. I'm sure that most places have some type of nutritional information available inside.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (254,065)
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2/4/13 8:23 P

Well, you may be shocked but it was definitely a GOOD learning experience! You have learned how to avoid that mistake in the future :-)


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2/4/13 8:19 P

Thanks for all the suggestions. I have some healthy bread in the freezer as well. I will come up with a good sandwich recipie to take along with me next time too. I'm sure I'll mess up from time to time but, that's one mistake I will not make again. I'm stil shocked over those numbers.

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2/4/13 8:07 P

Thanks for the inspiration. Definitely a learning experience.

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2/4/13 6:56 P

As my response will be late, I will say that it is never a good idea to skip meals unless for medical reasons.

One thing that I learned a long time ago was to have some ready prepared food in the freezer that was suitable for a healthy lunch. I was often taking my husband to hospital, and making many visits there as well, and on top of that am very regularly having to go to my parents who are in their 90's. Even at their place I usually take my own food because what they have is not so healthy, and I have total control over what I eat. I make patties out of mince meat (ground beef), lots of lentils and finely chopped veges and with oatbran to help thicken it. I use a really healthy bread with good fibre and protein content and low fat/sugar/sodium content. I keep it frozen, so what I do is put either hummus or avocado on the bread and pop the patty in and make a sandwich that will thaw safely. I sometimes put lettuce and cottage cheese on, too. Another thing I make is a huge batch of really healthy pizza, with loads of lentils/pureed veges and oatbran in the 'sauce' which is about an inch thick on a really healthy base I have made with lots of bran. The topping is chopped up veges with the grated cheese mixed into it (binds the veges and reduces the cheese) and that is about 1/2 inch thick. I often make them and keep them 'free-flow' in the freezer for emergencies. A couple days ago I made two big ones - 270 calories and 6g Fibre each. I also cut up a piece of apple and take that with me as well as a couple dried figs to fill the gaps. It certainly helps to prevent over-eating intentionally or otherwise.


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2/4/13 5:31 P


Don't skip dinner...that is what keeps us trapped in a diet mentality. This was just a mistake--I would have thought it was a healthy choice as well. Use this as a moment of learning so that you will be better prepared for next time. Healthy living is about learning from our mistakes. That being said, healthy living doesn't have to begin in the morning, the first of the week, after the holidays--- it can happen at any time.

You are going to be just fine.

Coach Nancy

MSO_2008 Posts: 9
2/4/13 5:29 P

If I were you I would not skip dinner. I don't do well when I skip meals end up getting so hungry that you just binge even worse later. I would say, have a sensible meal for supper tonight and then just make sure to do well tomorrow. One mess up (especially an unintentional one) is nothing to get hung up on. Just use it as a reminder that when you are not in your normal "space" at meal time, to check online calories, etc before ordering.

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2/4/13 5:11 P

Ok, so I had an out of town doctors appointment today. It was lunch time when I got out and my very healthy breakfast had long since worn off. I looked around at all the fast food stops trying to think of where I could get something healthy. I remembered seeing a commercial about Arby's market fresh sandwhiches. I though whole grain bread, roasted turkey, lettuce and tomatoe. Sounds healthy and lower in calories than a hamburger or roast beef. Right? So that's what I got along with a large ice water. BOY WAS I WRONG!!! When I got home and searched the database, I learned that the sandwhich had over 800 calories and 2000 mg sodium. I am so disappointed right now. What should I do now? Should I try to skip dinner? I really dont do very well when I skip meals. Or should I just proceed with my regular plan and try not to make that mistake again. I'm just really disappointed in myself. I should have known better.

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