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Against all odds

Sunday, March 29, 2015

We are traveling this weekend so eating out most meals. The husband is fit as a fiddle and very active, so he can eat whatever he wants, the kid is a soccer player with the metabolism of a champ. I am the only one who has to watch my consumption, and eating out at unfamiliar places has shown me how hard it can be to stick to a nutrition plan.

Last night the team manager chose Olive Garden for the group dinner, and from inspecting the online nutrition info, I found only 2 entrees were low cal and low carb enough to fit in my diet. Everything else would have been 2X to 3X what I was aiming for! The motel continental breakfasts are all high carb options so I had to forage in our bag of travel food yesterday morning. This morning we will go to IHOP because the kid wants something warm, and from my online research there is only one menu option which will work for me.

Before my PSMF adventure, I ate whatever I pleased, whenever it pleased me, and I had the weight gain over the years to show for it. When we went out, I chose whatever caught my fancy. However, most of our meals were home-cooked, and we rarely went to chain restaurants. I'm convinced that these restaurants soak their meals in butter and salt before serving, because the nutrtional info for most of their menu is pretty scary. I'm glad it's not our habit to eat out like this because I would have found myself in worse circumstances much more quickly, and now I understand better why obesity is such a problem in this country.
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  • PJDANIELS
    Good idea, the travel bag. I always take fresh fruit, almonds, etc., that I can snack on when we are traveling so I don't get too hungry and then overdo. Have fun!
    2204 days ago
  • BUTTONPOPPER1
    Good for you for being prepared with that travel food bag! Every time I travel, even when I'm not "on a diet," I end up feeling pretty unhealthy and sluggish from all the fat and sugar. It's so hard to be away from the controllable situation of your own home, don't you think? However, if we never traveled, life would be pretty boring, wouldn't it? So what we need, nay demand, is HEALTHIER OPTIONS!

    It's great that you have learned how to stay on your program even under such difficult circumstances. I hope you can enjoy your trip despite the inconvenience of eating out. And I hope your little athlete, with the enviable metabolism of youth, had a lot of fun, too!
    2204 days ago
  • ARAZA30
    My wife & I do the same thing. We're very aware of most of the nutrition infos the restaurants have. It's easy just to get whatever you want & suffer the consequences later. It's sucks sometimes but it's worth it. Smart thinking on your part.
    2204 days ago
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