Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Today was a difficult day in the food department. You see its my baby brother's 18th birthday and in my family you get whatever you want for dinner on your birthday. Well my brother chose to have a cookie cake from Nestle Cafe. In case you don't know a cookie cake is basically a giant cookie with frosting. Well let me tell you that he chose white chocolate macadamia nut cookie which happens to be my favorite. Well one piece of about 112 grams (don't know how big that really is) is over 600 calories with 33 grams of fat. Even if I took off the frosting and had a small piece a regular macadamia nut cookie is 270 calories and 14 grams of fat. No matter how you look at it partaking of this particularly sweet treat would take up all of my fat for the day and half of my calories. Ugh so I passed on the cookie and chose a 100 calorie snack pack of chocolate covered pretzels.
Well not only did I have to fight the urge to have a piece of cookie cake but we also had Arby's for his birthday dinner. Now let me tell you there is nothing low calorie or low fat anywhere on Arby's menu. Well I'm not a big fan of Arby's anyway but there is one item I love. Their Market Fresh chicken salad sandwich is delicious. I fought with myself all the way to Arby's to go and get dinner about if I was going to have a salad at 270 calories or this sandwich at 740 calories. Okay well obviously the right choice for my healthier lifestyle would be the salad. However, I was already disappointed in having to skip out on the cookie and I really wanted this sandwich. Well while I stood there letting my son in law order for the other 10 people I thought about which salad I would force myself to eat all while looking at the chicken salad sandwich. I finally asked the guy jokingly if he knew how many calories this sandwich had and joked about how Arby's was trying to kill me. He laughed back and said it was the delicious honey oat bread that was the killer. Aha so if I have the salad without the bread (which is delicious) then I would cut the calories in half. So that is what I did. I compromised. I enjoyed the chicken salad without the bread and only had a little over 300 calories which gave me room in my nutrition for the pretzels.
I've had to sacrafice a bit but I've also learned healthier ways of preparing things to lower the fat and calories. We did this the other day with comfort meatballs which we prepared with deer instead of ground beef. Proper portions are great too like eating a happy meal when at McDonald's instead of a quarter pounder. I've come to realize I can still enjoy and eat things I like but I just have to be careful not to overdo it. Just skip the bread and remember not to eat the cookies the same day you eat out. Maybe I'll have a lower calorie day tomorrow and can save some room for a small piece of cookie but if not I still have some more pretzels.