Yup, That About Sums It Up
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
So I was having lunch with a friend a few months ago. We were at a restaurant that was well known for it's southwest portion of the menu.
As a 23x-24x pound guy, I could easily shoot down a plate of nachos as an appetizer, and then eat both the 8oz burger and big plate of fries. As a 20x pound guy, not so much.
So I asked the waitress what some options were to sub out fries. All of them were either another version of fried potato or white rice (no brown, I asked). I thought about it.
Onions are a food that I try to eat as much of as I can, as they make it easier for me to eat less sugar when I do. They are also relatively low calorie. So I asked the waitress, "Do you guys have fajitas?". She was like, "Yes, do you want those instead of the burger." I said, "no"
My dining partner was starting to get a little bit nervous. She's one who tends to avoid conflict whenever possible.
I then said to the waitress, "I know that this is a weird request, but can I sub out the fries for a portion of the grilled onions that would come with the fajitas. I rarely feel as though I'm the first person to ask or say anything. This seemed like such a time.
This made my friend even more anxious.
The waitress got a bit nervous. She told me that they would probably charge me $2 extra for them (and gave me a reason that escapes me now). This would probably have been a deterrent for most. The waitress didn't like offering a $2 up-sell, I could tell. I told her that I would gladly pay it.
My dinner partner then in an attempt to assuage the "conflict" offered me the suggestion.....
"Can't you just get onion rings? Would that be a good option?" (They had onions in them)
At first I seriously thought that she was joking. The look on her face when I shot a quick smirk at her revealed otherwise. The "What?" from her that immediately followed didn't make the conversation less awkward.
I soldiered on and ordered the grilled onions. The waitress worked her magic and got me them for no extra charge. Instead of the 1470 calories for the 6 onion rings, I got 65 calories of onions.
Even at 30 pounds from morbid obesity, I knew that there were certain foods that just were not healthy, no matter how you slice it (or more usually fry it). Onion rings was one of them. When I eat at home I don't use salt or added sugar. I knew at restaurants that they almost always do.
I often hear in the news that Americans are completely clueless about basic good health, but until then never really truly got it. If you asked any of my group of friends from college (most of us really overweight) if onion rings are as healthy as grilled onions we could have easily given the right answer. Even if we didn't know the exact numbers. It didn't stop us from eating such foods, but we knew. Onion rings the same as grilled onions? Yup, that about sums it up.
In a way it makes me sad. It was the first time I really faced that moment where a friend didn't get why I was raising such a fuss about something health-wise. I'm a big boy so it doesn't bother me. Plus, most of my friends don't take emotional responsibility for my actions. For those who have friends who do and feel pressured not to make said friends feel uncomfortable though, wow.
That all being said, grilled onions go really well with burgers.
- TD Out!