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Planning for Dinner Out

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Tonight we are going to the Christmas party for one of Peter's pipe bands. They hold it at The Keg, and I've been spending the last hour going over their menu, checking the nutritional values, and trying to plan what I will choose. To make it more complicated, the party organizers have pre-chosen probably 4 options from the menu, and we won't know the choices until we get there.

I should add that I don't know these people very well. Peter is one of the newer members of the band and they get together socially only once each year. I'm shy with new people, and my usual coping mechanism would be to eat too much.

I've tried to come up with some realistic options, but it's been difficult, mostly because of the fat and sodium values. The steak options are generally lower than the chicken in calories and fat... until you check out the sides. The twice-baked potato is higher in both calories and fat than the steak itself. The garlic mashed potatoes aren't much better, and have almost 1000 mg of sodium. I'll skip the potato and ask for extra vegetables.

But before the mains, there are the platters of appetizers... I'll have a simple salad with balsamic vinaigrette, and try to stay away from the garlic cheese bread.

I know I'll have trouble sitting there with my tea while everyone else is having huge desserts, but I've found a mini mango brûlée with just over 200 calories. I'll take tiny bites and make it last as long as possible.

To wine or not to wine? Since I don't have my new glasses, I don't want to drive in the city at night, so cannot be DD. I'll probably allow myself one glass and make sure to drink lots of water.

Yes, I'm being responsible by trying to plan ahead... BUT it sort of takes the fun out of the party. It would be SO easy to say "it's only one night" and eat whatever I want... but darn it all, I won't do that. I will choose as carefully as possible, and I will eat slowly and enjoy every bite. And I'll try to sit next to, or across from, someone who looks friendly, and get to know them a bit.

Wish me luck,
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    Eating out is hard. You planned everything pretty well. Hope you had a great time!
    2352 days ago
    I hope it went well! It does help to plan ahead, but I have been known at times to ignore my well laid plans when confronted with something tempting like calamari or death by chocolate dessert. emoticon

    I hope you stayed strong!

    2352 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/5/2014 12:32:28 PM
    Hi Gail.........
    YOU are my HERO!!!!! We very seldom go out to eat anymore because of just what you described in your blog. There are so many hidden calories. The United States is now insisting that Restaurants that have so many locations (I'm not sure if was 20 or over) HAVE TO have their menus available not only in the Restaurant itself, but also on-line, so that people can plan ahead. This is SUCH A GOOD IDEA!!!
    I hope that you will find someone very interesting to visit with and that your meal is a good one as well as a healthy one.
    2354 days ago
    Very good strategy Gail! I admire your willingness to plan ahead, and your ability to do so. I will be traveling to visit friends in Portland this weekend; breakfast and lunch should be healthy (we 4 friends are bringing picnic supplies because our Portland friend is house-sitting for her son & DIL, she is camping in a large home filled with boxes because the kids moved in recently). But dinners will be eaten out -- and I don't even know the name of the restaurants! She'll choose when we get there. Luckily they are all mostly healthy eaters! If I can stay away from the happy hour mixed drinks and potato chips, I should be fine!
    2354 days ago
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