Monday, March 14, 2011

YOU are what YOU eat!

So...what is your favorite place to eat? What's your favorite meal out?  Do you know how many calories are in that favorite dish?  Fat grams? Sodium?  Well, you should.  Eating out can really make or break your diet or desire to live a healthy life and maintain weight loss.

Prior to this {eat clean} journey we would eat out maybe once or twice a week (heck, that's not even counting a quick snack here and there). I decided to share the information I gathered with you. Below you will see a few menu items I would have ordered when dining out before going {clean} and wouldn't have thought twice about what's in the food.  We currently curbed our eating out to 2-3 times a month.  I personally don't worry about what I am ordering when eating out now since it's now limited to 2-3 times a month. But, with that said, I have a better understanding about what's going into my body and have become more choosy on where we dine out.

Qdoba:3 Cheese Chicken Nachos
Calories:     1295
Fat:          68
Sodium:       2390 
Cholesterol:  200       

Moe's Southwest Grill:Billy Barou Chicken Nachos
Calories:     1439
Fat:          76
Sodium:       3008
Cholesterol:  189

McDonald's:2 Cheeseburgers with Medium Fries
Calories:     980
Fat:          43
Sodium:       1770
Cholesterol:  80

O'Charley's:Better Cheddar Bacon Burger with Fries
Calories:     1380
Fat:          81
Sodium:       2470
Cholesterol:  180

Red Robin:Fajita Fiesta Pollo Salad
Calories:     959
Fat:          54
Sodium:       1579

Panera Bread:Turkey Artichoke Hot Panini with Panera Chips
Calories:     910
Fat:          32
Sodium:       2550
Cholesterol:  85

Donatos: 1/4 Large Pepperoni Pizza with 1 Breadstick with Cheese 
Calories:     826
Fat:          45
Sodium:       1987
Cholesterol:  110

Outback: Small Order of Aussie Cheese Fries
Calories:     1213.7
Fat:          89.8
Sodium:       1572
Cholesterol:  139.4

Ok, that was rough wasn't it?  

CALORIES:  You may be wondering how much is too much in a day? Well, that's a bit harder to calculate for you all as a group.  There are many great tools on the internet and apps you can add to your phones to help you determine how many calories you should be consuming on a given day. Here's one that I found:

FAT:  This too will depend how much you have to lose and how much you currently weigh. I, personally, need to stay under 50g fat a day from what I've read.

SODIUM:  It is recommended that a HEALTHY person doesn't consume more than 2300mg of sodium a day(and the lower the better). If you are someone with high blood pressure, are African American, and/or middle aged(over 40) you should consume 1500mg or less a day. 

CHOLESTEROL:  The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) recommends that your daily consumption of cholesterol should not exceed 200 mg a day.  

I challenge you to get online and see if your favorite restaurant has it's nutritional info posted and get the facts about what's going into your body. If you are someone that can  afford to eat out more often then it might be time to find some new "favorites" to consume while eating out that won't take your healthy train off the tracks.

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