I’ve been back at WW for two weeks and am feeling good. I didn’t even care what the scale said yesterday; I’d had a good week of eating food I enjoyed, both out with friends and at home. I’m not going to tell you weekly weight loss because I don’t want to promote losing pounds as the only thing that matters – but know that I did lose and I’m happy with where I am and how I’m doing.
How can I feel deprived when I can have Pad Thai, taco salad, spaghetti pie, pizza and souvlaki? Not in the same day, of course. But still. And there’s my beloved Fage yogurt with fresh strawberries, and vegetables that don’t taste like plastic. I’ve eaten more salad in the last two weeks than I probably ate in the last year and it feels good. I’ve done this before and it’s not really hard to actually follow a food plan when you know the details. When I was resisting mightily, I at least knew exactly what I was doing that was self-sabotage.
One of the best things I do is to use a little time in the evening to plan out my food choices for the next day. I put it in my tracker and play with the options so I know the structure, what I can have, and where I have wiggle room. I love doing the etools with the easy online resources for points and better options, especially when going out to eat with friends. Which is one reason this email from Arlene really opened my eyes:
Wait ’til you read this.. a study from Yale university found that out of 4,311 people who visited Starbucks, Burger King, Au Bon Pain, or McDonald’s, only a ridiculously pathetic number of them (six… yes, SIX!) took the time to find out the calorie counts in foods before ordering. Granted, the info wasn’t right in front of their faces on the menus — it was posted on walls, printed in pamphlets, or available at computer stations inside the restaurants. But still — SIX people out of 4,311 is 0.1%. POINT ONE PERCENT! That is sad, especially considering that a meal out can contain enough fat for three days if you’re not careful.
So what is it? Are people lazy? In denial? Unaware? Whatever it is, we need to do what we can to change that. Restaurants need to make it WELL KNOWN that their nutritionals are available. And everyone needs to remember to seek this info out when visiting fast-food joints. Don’t be all “out of sight, out of mind” about it — if you don’t see the nutritional stats, ASK for ’em! And/or go on to their website before you go to eat.
Do you know the food values, however you care about them, of the foods you eat out? Go visit some websites, look at pictures of the food, and arm yourself with information. You never know when it will come in handy.