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Begin as you mean to go on

Monday, January 07, 2013

This past weekend was a slight test for me. We were going to go out for sushi, but then DH suggested Italian. We had coupons for both, of course. I find it easier to eat healthfully when we have sushi (plus I love it!), but I love Italian, too - unfortunately I'm not usually drawn to healthy items at an Italian restaurant, tho.

Still, I said sure. Because it's not like I'll never be eating at an Italian restaurant again, after all. You've got to learn how to fit in the things you love.

I did one of my favorite strategies when faced with tempting choices: I got 2 appetizers & a salad. One was escargot with lots of veggies - unfortunately in cream sauce. Of course I could've asked for the sauce on the side, bu I chose not to & shared the dish with DH. The other was wild mushroom ravioli, also with cream sauce. That I had all to myself.

I chose to have the ravioli appetizer served as my entree, and since by that time I was getting pretty full, I left one of the 4 (medium sized) ravioli over. No dessert.

Score: C+ or B-. I could have made better or worse choices, but I enjoyed my meal. We'll see how the scale scores me this week, but one meal doesn't make or break you - it's a sum of all you do.

Now, it wasn't the best meal the night before a longish run. You really don't want a high fat meal before a long run. And while there was some minor issues the next morning, thankfully they were all sorted out before the run.

Some people can ban that type of eating from their lives forever. If that works for you, great! You'll be healthier. But if you can't, you have to figure out how to fit it in in a healthy way. That might mean banishing those sorts of foods for a while then slowly reintroducing them, sharing meals, boxing up half a meal beforehand . . . there are all sorts of strategies out there.

Don't do something because it seems right; do something because it FEELS right & begin as you mean to go on.
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  • TEMPEST272002
    Sounds like you made smart choices at the restaurant. Of cuorse we can't eat rich foods every day... but we can have them occasionally & in moderation. Great tip on getting the appy size.
    1964 days ago
    I agree with Jesse. Life is definitely too short not to enjoy food you like. In moderation, of course ;)
    1964 days ago
    I think you did pretty well. I guess I'm lucky that I don't like the cream sauces.
    1965 days ago
    Great strategoy and having a plan ahead of time, woo hoo. It's not about giving up everything we love, it's about portion control and having a plan. You rock.
    1965 days ago
    The key, for me, is reading that you "enjoyed my meal." Honestly, life's too short to not enjoy food.
    1965 days ago
    You have a plan.

    1965 days ago
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