Being on the road - hidden calories!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Well, we were on a road trip for 2 days, and boy, this new lifestyle is a learning lesson indeed.

I truly gave 100% trying to pick the best choices each meal, eating slowly, and having no sugary or liquid calorie foods.

Now that I am back home, putting my meals in the nutrition tracker it is frightening to see how the best possible choices I could have made, still have hidden fats and calories! For example, I chose grilled salmon fillet, dry, no salt or butter added. And still that small piece I ate had lots more calories than I assumed!

It is also frustrating that some websites e.g. Dunkin Donuts don't list individual calories for components of their sandwiches, just total nutrition for the standard offering. For example, today I had the eggwhite flatbread sandwich, no sausage, just the cheese and eggwhites. I threw half of the flatbread away. Their site does not permit me to add individually their eggs, their cheese, and half of a flatbread (I would have just divided the calories by 2, if they listed just the flatbread nutrition somewhere, which they don't).

It is so much easier when I cook for myself and I know what I am eating! Glad tomorrow is back to basics, with my home prepared meals clearly better choices. Let the buyer beware, indeed!

A nonscale victory from the weekend occurred last night. Hubby said I could have 2 bites of his carrot cake at dinner. I eyed the carrot cake, and said, no, I don't think it looks all that fabulous. How about I get 1/2 of the warm chocolate cookie that the hotel gave us at checkin instead? He said sure as I had not had any sugar products since April 8th, start of my presurgery diet. Well, when we got to the room I had absolutely no desire for any bites of that cookie. So I did not have anything. I was so proud of myself.

So even with eating 6 meals away from home, I kept well under 850-900 calories each day, leaving a little wiggle room in case I miscalculated some of the food items.
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