Cheesecake Factory... now that was a challenge on so many fronts!

Thursday, July 26, 2012


1. Going with two other people who are also "on diets" but don't often stick to them when eating out: I got to the restaurant first, got seated, gave the spiral menus back to the waiter and only kept the "skinnylicious" menus, told the waiter there was to be no bread put on the table.

2. Meals - while we are all low carbin' it, I wasn't going to "mother" anyone. I got the lettuce wrap tacos from the appetizer menu, another got the tuna app (with fried chips) and a salad, and the last one got soft corn tacos (w rice... there's always gotta be one!)

3. Dessert time - we got one slice of the low-carb cheesecake with fresh strawberries on the side. (450 calories and 35 carbs - split between three people and no one ate the crust).

Given the location - I think we all survived as good as could be expected! There was only one "quip" about how great it was that they had added the "deep fried mac and cheese" to the skinny menu by baking it (this was a LIE and intended as a joke to make everyone laugh and realize we would NOT be getting the food we "wanted" but the food we "needed" to meet our long term goals). Best news - with the possible exception of the "average" low-carb cheesecake, the skinny menu food was very tasty and well spiced.

Have a great day!!!!

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    I was just there last weekend, for the first time in a LONG time. Had the Skinnylicious fresh vegetable salad, my friend and I split some hummis (but did not finish it) and we split a piece of cheesecake but each only ate about 1/4 of it.
    2456 days ago
    You're a better person than I am, Tink, when it comes to Cheesecake Factory. The best I can manage on the (thankfully VERY rare) occasions when I go there is to go ahead and order the "low carb" cheesecake with strawberries, and to SLOWLY savor every teeny tiny mouthful at a time with a cup of coffee. That's my whole meal. Anything else just gets turned into that horrible over-full feeling, because I WILL eat all of the cheesecake.

    ...rats, now I want cheesecake...
    2456 days ago
    Good Job - a restaurant like that is really hard. Sounds like you made good choices all around.

    2457 days ago
    Good job! When my husband and I go out to our local dinner joint, I either get the spinach salad or a cup of chili with cheese and onions. It amazes me that the chili puts weight on me -- but it's salty. I am always disappointed, but keep making that choice. Then I think about Einstein's old quote defining insanity. Gotta stop that chili! LOL
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    2458 days ago
    Well done! emoticon
    2458 days ago
    Sounds like you did the best you could under the circumstances, way to go!
    2458 days ago
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    I love it when restaurants have healthier options!
    2458 days ago
    emoticon I guess I will never understand a PALEO diet...
    I read up on it after one of your Blogs ( and I had never heard of it before that BTW )
    Now I see "lettuce wrapped tacos" and "low carb cheesecake" and wonder how that fits in a PALEO diet?

    Will need to go back and read some more I guess... emoticon emoticon
    2458 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/26/2012 8:37:52 AM
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