As you know, I’ve been trying to eat better by making wiser choices at each meal. I track everything I eat by writing it down and totaling everything out each evening. It’s like a budget – I have certain amounts to eat: protein, fat, fiber and carbohydrates- and I try not to go over my budgeted amount each day.
When I go out to eat, I try really hard to order with forethought. I look at the menu descriptions and stay away from items that indicate added fat: fried, scampi, battered, country style and glazed, to name a few. I also look for words that indicate healthier cooking options like roasted, sautéed, baked, grilled and steamed.
Still, it bothers me when I can’t track exactly what I’ve eaten. I always try to look up nutrition values online if I’m planning to eat out, or if I’ve already eaten at a restaurant but still need to add up my daily totals.
Today I went to Steak ‘n Shake and ordered their Apple Pecan Grilled Chicken Salad with a low-fat dressing. It was really good. Afterward, I looked up the nutrition values and found that I did a good job ordering. My salad had low fat and carbs, high protein and decent fiber.
I couldn’t stop there, though. I had to look up some of the foods I used to eat. The cheeseburgers and onion rings and fries and milk shakes. The nutrition values on those foods shocked me. In fact, one meal – the way I used to eat – would have been twice the amount that I eat daily now.
Knowledge is power.
Now that I know this, it’ll be very hard for me to order those “old” foods unless it’s a special occasion.
Mindful eating. Knowing what you are eating. Eating with purpose. Making better choices at each opportunity.
If you don’t already do this, I encourage you to find your favorite restaurants online and print off their nutrition pages. It’s amazing what you’ll learn.