Well, a HUGE thank you shout out to Sharon (blog: Gains and Losses: Life Through Sharon's Eyes).
Sometimes, Blogland can be very valuable to those of us trying to lose weight.
Sharon posted, almost as an aside, that the Olive Garden salad, with dressing, is no friendly diet food. And she mentioned she looked up their menu online, and looked for something with a more acceptable nutrition element.
It NEVER even occurred to me to look up a restaurant's website - to see if nutrition information would be posted. Dah. Why didn't I think of that?!! I am naive when it comes to restaurant ANYthing. I thought a salad would be just fine. Well, techinically, it is fine. It is the dressing that is not so diet-friendly. And you know the nutritional posting is for one serving. How many of us have had TWO?
Well, Sharon, you just saved me a week's worth of hard effort. I have a luncheon date with one of my girlfriends for Olive Garden on Friday. I was going to "just" have the salad (with dressing). NOT anymore! My girlfriend can have all the salad she wants. I looked up the website's nutritional information, and found the Minestrone Soup will do just fine for me. Thankyouverymuch. So, to Sharon, my deepest gratitude! Now, I will enjoy Friday's luncheon and know I will have chosen wisely.
I know restaurants use lots of salt (I can taste it ... they use too much). I know they use too much fat (butter - yum!). I know they use too much sugar. I mean, they are in the business of making stuff taste amazing - and salt, fat and sugar do the job. But sometimes that stuff isn't quite so obvious.
I really need to get restaurant-educated. What I don't know CAN hurt me (or at least my efforts). I wonder what other things we need to look out for ...
SBS - Saved By Sharon