Monday, August 29, 2011
Even 4 years after my departure (on my own terms which were rather awesome given they thought their smartest, most tech savvy support staffer would take the abuse until they were satisfied and I wasn't involved in the mass firings less than a year later), we still lunch on occasion. The only problem is they always want to go to Panera. This was fine back when I didn't care about sticking in a calorie range or more importantly making sure my sodium doesn't skyrocket to stroke inducing proportions. I tried to get them to go outside of their comfort zone this year and go somewhere else that I knew had healthier options but no go. So, I'll be eating most of my regular lunch before I leave (veggies, fruit salad and apple) and then I'll have a whole grain bagel and half a serving of reduced fat cream cheese and water there. It's the lowest sodium thing I could find there, even over salad. But for me, the point isn't about eating, it's about visiting which I think a lot of people forget when there is a lunch or dinner out to eat somewhere. For me, if it's falling on a day where I can't be going outside of range, then I need to plan very specifically. Some people would say "you don't do it often, just relax the reigns a bit." Well this week is already shaping up with a few extras I don't normally have so I can't be relaxing the reigns at every gathering. I'm picking and choosing and feeling good about it.
Do you plan your calories ahead before going out for a meal that's out of the ordinary for a typical week or say 'screw it' and get back on track the next meal or day? If you say 'screw it' for a lunch, does this tend to make your dinner higher cal than normal or do you get right back on track?
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