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Out of Whack When You Can't Track? - Here are Some Tips

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Weddings. Business lunches. Office parties. Evenings with schedules too crazy to cook. Dinner at Mom's. The list goes on and we've all had meals, whole days, and even whole weeks wherein diligent use of the AINT (All-Important-Nutrition-Track
er) ain't possible. We also have had days when we are too harried, frazzled or lazy to make the effort. Maybe even the internet is down.

We all approach those challenges differently. Here is what I generally do (take from it what its worth):

1. Restaurants - Stay out of the bread basket. Ask for water and drink plenty. Refrain from alcohol; your judgment and pocketbook will thank you. Order only a menu item with a little heart (if provided) or absent that, order nothing heavily sauced or fried. Grilled, baked, roasted, etc. are your friends. When the entree arrives, mentally divide it in half. Skip the french fries, buttery mashed potatoes, polenta, etc. Get your salad dressing on the side. Dip into it rather than dumping it onto the salad. No desserts.

2. Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and the Like - Skip the appetizers and the bar. Talk to people; carry your glass of water around with you. If you must have a wine glass as a prop, go for it. Drink half and don't refill it. Restaurant rules otherwise apply.

3. Office Parties and Such - Skip the pizza, donuts, ice cream cake, etc. "I'm just glad to be here and to help you celebrate" might work. Comment on maintaining your girlish figure (worth a chuckle no matter your gender). "I'm fine" works too.

4. Dinner With Mom, etc. - This one is the hardest. Who has not heard "Eat!?" Master the fine art of playing with one's food. Surreptitiously feed the dog. Bring your strapping teenage athlete along and share generously with him, from your plate. "I love this so much that I took too much. My eyes were again bigger than my stomach." Do activities with extended family members that do NOT involve having them cook for you! When they do, apply the restaurant rules as much as you can.

Hope some of this helps.
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  • JO74555
    I love the tracker, but there are times I get frustrated because I bake and cook ...a lot and it gets annoying to first add all the ingredients for a recipe before I can track it. Sooo...sometimes I find something that is close to what I've made and list that.
    2476 days ago
    You provided some great advice Mark. Now can you provide the will power to follow it?---------------What do you mean that is up to me?%$^%^%&%^$^%$%@#@!%%$%^
    2477 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/28/2013 11:20:04 AM
  • MACMOM57
    Awesome blog. Great info.
    2477 days ago
    Very good advice. Thanks for sharing!
    2479 days ago
    Thanks for the reminders. Sometimes its the little things we forget. I know I have lost focus on a lot of these pointers. Great blog!
    2479 days ago
    Super blog: great practical suggestions!! Tracking nutrition is at least 80% of the battle for me . . . and there are some situations in which it's very very difficult.

    (Being anti-social works too, of course!)
    2479 days ago
  • ADZY86
    I totally do what ADARKARA suggested...if it's my turn to get a round of drinks in, i'll often just get water on ice with a slice of lime, which everyone just assumes is a gin and tonic and I can avoid the questions and pressuring.
    2479 days ago
  • POPSY190
    Good tips. I find estimating the calories of any non home food incredibly difficult.
    2479 days ago
    Yes to all of that!!!!
    2479 days ago
  • BOPPY_
    It's true that there are days when "factors" conspire against using the tracker. But a note pad will hold your "tracks" until you can find the time to get online. Nothing is more important than tracking your inputs and outputs. Tracking and dealing with the results always leads to progress. Little else does!

    Tracking and diligence leads to the greatest person in the world inspiring YOU! YOU!

    We know YOU can do it!

    2479 days ago
    Very apropos - I am in your neck of the woods right now. I am in Annapolis for a company retreat. Some of the meals are buffets at the hotel and two evenings in local restaurants (no calorie counts available). I am working on at least maintaining for the next couple of days.
    2479 days ago
    Great tips/reminders! Thanks for sharing!!
    2479 days ago
    Good tips, Boss!

    If you have advance notice of the venue you can look up the nutritional values of the menu before you go and make your choice beforehand. I actually found a (relatively) low carb treat at Dairy Queen that didn't bust my daily carb budget!

    As to the family thing? After two and a half years of extensive reading and research there is virtually NOTHING they can say against low carb that I can't refute - with documented studies if need be. I can speak about our genetic heritage, I can describe the Krebs cycle, I can bring up the latest cutting edge research on endogenous fructose production and metabolic syndrome:


    Hey! I should go post this on the Gout team!

    2479 days ago
  • K1TT3N
    Awesome tips ..... I am sure I will be using more than a few of these .. Thanks for sharing
    2480 days ago
    Great tips!!! I definitely do the divide and box. When the entrée comes, I get the box right away and put 1/2 of it into that box. Out of sight out of mind.

    2480 days ago
    Good tips and so easy to think you will do when the events roll around and them you go since the only one that is a issue for me i some times find my brain saying you don't go out much so its okay to have a few fires just leave some on your plate. emoticon thanks the great reminders seeing them in print is a great reminder . see we are still friends emoticon have a great Wed and happy trails to you as we journey to the finish line emoticon
    2480 days ago
    Avoiding alcohol tip: Water on ice with a wedge of lime looks remarkably like a gin and tonic emoticon
    2480 days ago
  • NEWMOM20121
    great blog. now I need to remember to follow through.
    2480 days ago
    Of course my problem is that knowing and doing are two different things.
    2480 days ago
    A good reminder of what we all know bu often choose to "forget"

    Make Today the greatest Day of Your Life!

    emoticon Until Tomorrow!

    2480 days ago
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