One of mine and Jeremy's favorite things to do is to go out and eat. I have desperately been trying to find things to do together that do not involve food. Last night, I broke down. We went out to eat for the first time in two weeks (which may be a record for us, sadly). We went to one of our favorites, Cotton Patch Cafe. I looked longingly over their menu full of rich comfort food, and then very carefully decided on a salad. I even asked for no dressing. The first bite was gross, but I thought, I can do this, I HAVE to do this, the second bite made me ill, and the third bite came back up (sorry, gross, I know). My wonderful, loving husband offered to switch plates with me. So he ate my salad, while I ate his meatloaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli. Each and every bite came with a renewed sense of guilt at my failure. I felt even worse when we were leaving and I saw two other women eating the same salad. How come they can do it and I can't? So when we got home, I looked up the nutrition facts, just to see how bad I had been. I was shocked to say the least.
Nutritional Facts Chicken Salad Meatloaf Plate
Calories 1657 537
Fat 111 52
Sodium 5539 1441
Carbs 95 38
I was blown away. You mean that I can eat meatloaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli for a third the calories of a salad with chicken?!!
I decided to look up the nutrition facts from some of our other favorite restaurants as well. I learned a couple of things.
1) Eating "just a salad" is almost always the worst option.
2) I am NEVER going to go to restaurant again without looking up the nutrition facts first and picking out my meal BEFORE I get there.
3) My body is getting used to having healthier things and actually rejected the unhealthy food.
I think that this is an indicator of a lot of what is wrong with our society. We are making ourselves fat through lack of information and ascribing to myths about food. I am grateful for the knowledge that I am gaining and the positive effect that it is having on my health.