Your day started soooooo right. Great diet and nutrition all the way from breakfast, snack and lunch. But somewhere around dinner time you feel like you are in the mood for something else. Something else not planned: KFC Spicy wings, Au Bon Pain Red Velvet cup cake, lobster sandwich or whatever rocks your boat. What do you do so you don’t wake up the next day feeling guilty that you messed up your whole day over 1 meal? Look it up!
I remember a while back I was taking my usual lunch break walk with a co-worker and we both decided to stop by the CheeseCake Factory on our way back and share a slice of their “Low Carb” cheesecake. We were both being really good all week and we decided to ask for the nutrition facts to ease our conscious. When we saw how much calories was in 1 slice, our perception completely changed about that low carb cheesecake. In fact I don’t think I ever had it again after this episode.
It’s easy to engage in mindless eating when you don’t care about the nutrition facts. It makes it easier to hang on to your excuses and pretend that it didn’t happen. Sometimes all you need is a little reminder. Looking things up is the friendly reminder you need. When you want to stray from your plans, get the facts and consider if it’s really worth it. Do it even for salads because you would be surprised at how many 800 calories salad that restaurants are serving, like Cheesecake Factory’s Caesar Salad Without Chicken. Never eating out on a healthy lifestyle is unrealistic. But you can make your experience more pleasant by looking up or asking the restaurant for the nutrition facts to make better choices.
The lesson today is when in doubt, look up the nutrition facts or forget about it.
It’s easy engage in mindless eating when you don’t care about the nutrition facts.