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Facing the Real World

Saturday, February 05, 2011

I can be easy to hide in the house and eat things labeled low fat and low cal. Its easy to buy cookbooks and find recipes online to prepare that will meet your goals. But this is not reality. You can't stay in the house forever and eat the same things day in and day out. I for one could never keep that up. That kind of "diet" causes resentment and its impossible to keep up. Eventually an event will come up that involves food whether its a birthday party, wedding, family outing, or even a sporting event. The probability of never eating outside of the home is pretty slim.

This is something I came to realize early on. In fact when I started this I started with the idea that I wanted something I could sustain as a lifestyle change not as a diet. I've eaten at McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Wendy's since starting and have never gone over my daily nutrition (except 3 carbs one time) but these are easy. These restaurants are all over the place and finding nutritional values and healthier choices is fairly easy. In fact, in some ways its easier than preparing a recipe and way easier than modifying a recipe to make it healthier. What's not easy is making healthy choices at obscure restaurants or when eating food that is not an everyday fare. This is something that will come up no matter how far into your plan you are.

Today was my first time having to face unknown nutritional values for foods that are not common. I went to one of my favorite restaurants called Korean Grill which is in Austin's China Town. I've been to this restaurant several times and the owners recognized me and my family right away. Its nice to go to a small family owned place that serves traditional food. Well its traditional for Korea but not necessarily for here. Well for me I love Korean food. Kimchi of all sorts is a favorite that I've enjoyed since I was a child. This restaurant serves several kinds of kimchi and bulgogi which is what I always get. However, I never stopped to wonder or ask about nutritional values in this food.

Being faced with this problem was a personal choice. My family was going the Korean Grill and either I could stay home or I could go and eat at one of my favorite places. For the first time I decided that I could be human and if I failed for one day then that would be okay. I did look before hand for nutritional information for bulgogi and kimchi and found that it wasn't that bad. In fact other than sodium Korean food is fairly good for you. What wasn't good for me was the non diet Dr Pepper I had with my meal. I haven't drank non diet soda in a long time (unless it was at a fast food place) and had never paid attention to the calories and such in a can of soda. OMG 150 calories for one can of soda! I am glad that this is not my normal choice of drinks and next time I will make a better drink choice.

Overall, I had a wonderful lunch with my favorite kinds of kimchi and my seafood bulgogi. I truly love this restaurant and if anyone is in the Austin area I highly recommend it. The owners are wonderful and if you like something a lot theyll bring you more free of charge. Excellent food, excellent service, and not a bad choice for eating healthy. Just stay away from the regular soda!
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    It's important to allow yourself to be "normal" once and awhile. Just don't skip a beat afterwards and keep truckin! Is this the center on North Lamar?? I eat outside of home on occasion and just try to make the best absolute decision that I can. This morning I woke up with a cold and decided not to cook. Went to McDonalds and picked up an oatmeal without the brown sugar, and a small caramel mocha(nonfat milk). I know it wasn't the best possible option but I'm allowing myself this treat. I've tracked it and have planned the rest of my day around it.
    2998 days ago
    OOoohh, I haven't had Korean food in forever. It sounds soooooo good. I'll have to have some soon. It is actually pretty healthy except for the sodium. Now you know about the non-diet soda.
    2999 days ago
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