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11/21/15 9:12 P

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At least you know what to do next time.

I'd have had the broccoli and cheese soup too. That sounds good.

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11/21/15 5:50 P

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Yesterday was a bad day for me on my diet goals but perhaps this can be used as a learning opportunity. My wife had a drum circle in a nearby city so I took our two boys to Bob Evans for dinner. I ordered the 3 course turkey dinner. Soup, entree, and desert (plus endless bread). My first mistake was the soup. Broccoli and cheese soup is not the healthiest choice I could have made. Chili or vegetable beef which have more of a clear broth are usually healthier option. Then came the entree. Turkey, dressing, and white mashed potatoes smothered in gravy. Lots of carbs in the potatoes and dressing. Lots of fat and salt in the gravy. More turkey than I really needed either. I am a compulsive eater. If it is in front of me I eat it until it is gone and I eat fast. I know that and should have planned accordingly. Desert was pumpkin pie and I gave that to my son but had a bite. I almost forgot, the endless banana nut bread. I had 2 slices. Oh was it good. I did have the willpower to say no more when it was gone. I went well over my calories on this one.

What could I have done?

1) Got the chili - the beans would have fiber or get a small salad with dressing on the side.
2) Eaten half the entree making sure I put the fork down between bytes instead of shoveling it in as fast as I can. Slowing down helps the brain register that it is full. I could have taken the other half home.
3) At this point I could have split the pie with my son and not feel guilty about having even a byte.
4) Say no to the bread. Ask that it not even be brought to the table. If they bring it I will eat it...

Hope this helps someone else in their journey to being healthy. Keep sparking.

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