Yesterday I didnâ€™t bring my lunch to work today so I thought Iâ€™d order something.Â I see people order Jimmy Johnâ€™s all the time at my office so thought Iâ€™d give that a try.Â But I was FLOORED when I read the nutritional facts online for some of their sandwiches. Â Years ago, we didn’t have the Internet to provide such information…and many restaurants didn’t care to provide it, either (some still don’t). Â Doing a simple online search of restaurant menu nutrition facts will have you reconsidering what to order at these places or where to eat altogether.Â Let me give a few examples of the Jimmy John sandwiches that I found were surprisingly high in calories, fat, and sodium.Â Iâ€™ve also found this to be the case at some of my other fave restaurants, which is why I rarely eat out anymore.Â I choose to prepare most of my food at home so I know exactly how much of what Iâ€™m putting in it.Â Wanna see what I found so far?Â Then read on.
Here are nutritional facts for some likely dishes I may order from one of my fave restaurants, 54th Street Bar and Grill, some of which surprised me:
Here are a few others that surprised me:
Look, by no means am I saying people should not eat out at restaurants or order these items these two restaurants.Â I still eat at these and other restaurants sometimesâ€¦I just donâ€™t do it nearly as often as I used to when I wasnâ€™t as health-conscious.Â Iâ€™ve found that one of the keys to maintaining a fit, healthy but realistic lifestyle is continuing to enjoy the foods I like in moderation.Â So for example, if I go to 54th Street Bar and Grill and purchase the veggie quesadilla, instead of eating the entire thing along with some chips and gringo dip the way I used to do I now only eat half of the quesadilla and drink plenty of water with it.Â If I want something else then Iâ€™ll order a simple salad (not one overloaded with cheese, croutons, or any other fatty toppings) with light dressing.Â And since Iâ€™m a wine lover I may treat myself to a glass of Merlot (typically only between 100-150 calories per glass).Â Or say I decide to get that vegetarian sandwich from Jimmy Johnâ€™s and end up eating the whole thing.Â Knowing its nutritional facts (and tracking what Iâ€™ve eat using MyFitnessPal) Iâ€™ll just eat light the rest of the day.Â So I may have a lighter-than-usual dinner or protein shake as a replacement.Â Also, when I tend to eat anything this high in sodium I try to follow it with more water than what I usually drinkâ€¦so maybe like an extra glass or two for the day.
Donâ€™t be fooled into thinking that living a healthier lifestyle is boring and requires eating only fruits, veggies, and bland meats every day.Â I sure donâ€™t.Â Just remember these key points:
- Drink lots of waterâ€¦at least half your body weight in ounces and more if youâ€™ve eaten badly or if youâ€™re trying to lose a few pounds (works for me every time!)
- Find opportunities to burn extra calories such as taking a brisk walk or quick run during lunch and taking stairs as much as possible (I recommend getting a fitness tracker to track your steps and calories burned dailyâ€¦.I currently use the Fitbit Flex for thisâ€¦check out my review here)
- Use technology to your advantage…a simple online search will show you the nutrition facts for almost any restaurant’s menu
- And most of allâ€¦ eat what you likeâ€¦just in moderation and using your best judgement
Hope this helpsâ€¦best wishes on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!!Â Remember that living a healthier lifestyle is doing your mind and body goodâ€¦.always invest in yourself!