Monday, May 4, 2009

Food Sense 1- Eating out

On Sunday Beth and I went out to do what people do, putzing around the shopping area about 15 miles from where we live. We decided to stop for lunch.

Now, being on a healthy eating kick for some reason, I flipped to the "Guiltless Grill" section of a mid-priced family place. Emblazoned across the top of the section was copy that screamed "...All items are under 750 calories, 25 grams of fat and 8 grams of saturated fat...". I have a love of vegetables, so of course I locked on to the black bean burger with a side of seasonal vegetables. It was good.

When I got home, I added it to my food log: Surprise! The black bean burger was the most calorie-dense main-course selection in that section of the menu, with more than three times the calorie load of the least calorie-dense menu entry (609 calories for my choice, versus 199 for the other).

Lesson: When you're on your way to correcting a lifetime of bad habits to mitigate coronary artery disease, do your homework before eating out. It's hard enough!


  1. So Ken, when are you coming out with a taste-filled dinner plan? "Healthy Heart by Ken--the real way to cook and keep cholesterol down..."
    We all need the better cooking strategies and less bad LDL fat.

  2. Lou,

    We'll have to see... It's not the end of the story yet!