Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Silent Sabatoge

My wife and I like to eat out. Its easy, its convienent, and a lot of the time it tastes pretty good. As most of you know, I am a little weird when it comes to eating things when I dont know thier exact nutritional content (or at least a pretty good idea of whats in it). So I decided to make myself a travel binder and go online to get the nutritional information on a lot local restraunts and food chains. That way, while I am out, I dont have to wonder. Even though I dont eat at fast food places very often, I decided to just get it all. What I discovered was shocking.
The craziest thing to me was that this was all published. You would think if fast food chains served poison, they would try to hide it. But all these restaurants dont try to hide anything. People would'nt walk in with the intention of ordering a #9 combo and a poison shot instead of a soda. No one would say, "Does the poison come in cherry or carmel?" They dont try to hide anything, because the unhealthy food doesnt keep people away.
Here's the real problem. We generally aren't aware of whats in the food that is prepared for us. That, right there, should be a crime. We then wonder why nearly 70% of the U.S. is overweight. But, don't you think a little more knowledge would help us in the battle for being fit and healthy? You shouldnt have to guess. If you like to eat out, I suggest making a binder for yourselves. Go online and see if your local eatery's have listed thier nutrition facts on a website. If you can't find anything, they are usually willing to provide you with them upon request.
Here are a few shocking discoveries;
Rumbi's - Beach Club Sandwich : Cals-1130 Fat-33g Carbs-173g Protein-45g
Chili's - Fajita Steak Quesadillas w/ Guacamole : Cals 2020 Fat-111g Carbs-150 Protein-102g
Subway's - Meatball Marinara : Cals-1120 Fat-48g Carbs-126g Protein-48g SUGAR-26g ( 3-1/2 teaspoons )
Unfortunately, there are easy ways to make bad choices. But it doesnt have to be that way. Know whats in what you eat, your health should'nt be a bet. You shouldnt have to one day look in the mirror and wonder what happened. You should be able to confidently say, I know what I put in my body, I know that I am healthy.
If you need help with ideas or even just general health questions. You know how to contact me. Keep up the great work everyone, no matter where you are :)

1 comment:

Mike said...

You are right, so many times people just eat without thinking! I can't believe that some one food item at a restaurant has 2000 calories in it. That is way more than most people eat in a day