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SHERMOR13 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/26/12 7:51 A

It is hard many times to make good choices - the calories/fat can be a killer. I recently went to lunch with friends & another lady and I both ordered a salad. I made the comment that I figured this particular salad was high in calories & the other gal said she didn't think it was that bad. I had ordered my dressing (it came with TWO dressings) on the side as she did. BUT I dipped my salad into the dressings about every other bite - she picked up BOTH the dressings & poured most of them onto her salad. When I got home I looked with the calories - that salad with the dressing added was 720 calories. I was SO glad I had only eaten about 2/3 of the salad & less than 1/4th of the dressing! VERY deceptive!

Good luck all! Sherli

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
7/26/12 7:35 A

if possible, I'd choose to view a menu online prior to going out, and, also, if possible, look up nutritional information.

That way, planning ahead is an option

CSROBERTSON621 SparkPoints: (213,046)
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7/25/12 9:39 P

I think that's exactly what so many of us thought -- "I don't eat that much! How come I'm gaining so much weight?" It isn't so much *by volume* necessarily (although portion distortion is an issue too) -- it's also how many calories are in that volume. Even in foods that don't seem so bad! I mean, I knew that I had the bad habit of snacking from the vending machine in the afternoon, and that those M&M's or chips weren't doing me any favors. But the real shocker was in some of the restaurant meals. 986 calories isn't even bad at all compared to some of the stuff I was eating regularly...

But no more. VERY conscious of the calorie counts these days. But although I'd skip the fried stuff, sushi at least can give you some very good nutritional "bang" for your calorie "buck."

TRIXYMAHOGANY SparkPoints: (0)
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7/25/12 6:54 P

I agree, it was the tempura and panko fried clam that did you in. That's not even really "sushi" technically, just tasty Japanese food.

Sushi is either the hand rolls or sashimi - almost always with rice and raw fish, and you can always ask for brown rice instead of white. My favorite is eel and cucumber hand rolls.

SMERRIMAN7 Posts: 296
7/25/12 5:23 P

Fried & panko breading are the factors. Sushi itself tends to be low cal. The meat is fairly lean, and the rice is used in small quantities. Either skip the fried stuff, or just know you're going to be a bit high for that meal.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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7/25/12 5:22 P

There's no such thing as a "fattening" food. That word doesn't really mean anything. :) White rice isn't bad for you. It has simple carbs, yes, and isn't something that you want to overdose on, but in the amounts that are on sushi, it's not a bad thing. :) Carbs and rice won't make you fat... eating too many calories will.

MAGGIEMURPHY4 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/25/12 5:21 P

I track when I eat out too...Bummer isn't it! LOL Good for you for tracking it ....I love to say that I have never made the same mistake again...but I have! And when I have I know what I am eating this time before hand rather than after the fact. Though I must still feels the same. Once in a while is not a big is doing it every day that adds the weight on.

ICEBOYKOLD SparkPoints: (37,223)
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7/25/12 5:01 P

Sushi with lots of rice seemed "healthy", but the white rice is so carby and fattening. Now I avoid it and go for sashimi (just the fish).

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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7/25/12 2:27 P

Tracking is a real eye opener.

Once I started tracking I realized I had a distorted perception of serving sizes, and wasn't eating that healthy.

One of the biggest shocks for me was Jimmy John's. Their #12 sandwich (turkey and avacado spread) 700+ calories and 30 grams of fat. Chocolate chunk cookie 400+ calories and 17 grmas of fat. 1100+ calories. It's not like that would keep me full all day or I was cutting calories later in the day.

That cookie is like an extra meal. My lunch today didn't have as many calories as that cookie.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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7/25/12 2:27 P

Isn't it amazing what we learn when we start tracking? My big wake-up call was breakfast biscuits. I used to go to Burger King for not one, but TWO biscuits... just sausage and cheese. I'd do this 2 or 3 times a week.

Those biscuits are over 400 calories a pop!

That means I was hitting 800-900 calories (counting coffee, and eating the leftover hashbrowns my kids didn't eat) before I'd even started the day!

I still enjoy my biscuits now and again, but I have ONE, and I do it once or twice a MONTH.

LAUROBNAT Posts: 217
7/25/12 2:06 P

I went out for sushi last night with my beloved
we opted for an appetizer of fried clam - in panko- was really good
then I order my usual bento box
which consists of marinated baby octopus, vege tempura, and a 1/2 sumo roll.

Holy cow I figured up the calores today just see and it was 948 calories just for
my dinner. Good grief - I have to be more careful!!

I knew I was spluging on the fried stuff but the roll is no slouch in the calories dept either!!

Just thought I share my lesson learned - it is really important to know what we are eating.

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