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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Wow....That's Unbelievable

The other day we got a 'order in' menu from a local Chinese restaurant.  We do occasionally order a Chinese dinner when the kids come over.  It's a treat for me.  I get to visit with the grandies and not have to spend a lot of my time in the kitchen.  We hadn't used this particular restaurant before so I was interested in seeing what their menu and prices were like.
A little aside  now to let you know that in Ontario there is a new law in the works requiring all fast food places and restaurants to post the calorie content on their menus.  It isn't law yet but some places have started to comply already.  This restaurant has complied ahead of the law.
Let's just say I won't be ordering Chinese food ever again.  Most of the dinner combo's provide the consumer with about three days worth of calories.  And you know, an hour after you eat a Chinese dinner you want to eat again right?  Can you imagine?  Oh, and the rest of the items that were more reasonable in calorie count..you guessed it.....we don't really care for those.
I'm a little concerned about what I'm going to see when all the eateries have to comply.  I have a feeling I'm going to be in 'calorie shock'.

22 comments:

  1. Chinese food also has a lot of salt and it bloats me like a balloon. That said, it is worth it every now and then as it is soooo good! I always eat it extra fast as it is so good I'm afraid someone will take it away from me.

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  2. I use the online calculators for the other kinds of restaurants that have them, and yes, it's breathtaking how many calories are in any of that stuff. All the sauces, the fatty meats, the portion sizes ... it's a triple whammy! No wonder we're all fighting the flab.

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    1. I wonder if it will make a difference in business to the restaurants and if they will find it necessary to rework their menus.

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  3. Yes, Chinese Food is enjoyed by many ...but with husband Eddie being a Type 2 Diabetic he finds that most Chinese meals raise his blood sugar levels too high.

    There are some recipes with fewer carbohydrates, that we enjoy from time to time... but I always check the ingredients carefully.

    All the best Jan

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hey just seen you've had two All the best Jan's LOL!!!

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    2. I am honoured indeed to have two 'all the best Jans'.

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  4. Chinese food is too salty for me. We rarely eat out (or order in). I suspect that most of the meals sold should come under the heading of 'rare treats'.

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  5. I don't think I want to know. I try to eat well, but I don't want to get paranoid about my calorie intake.

    Ugh.

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    1. I'm not too concerned about going to a good restaurant and ordering a proper meal...it's the fast food .. the easy stuff that concerns me. It's not 'real' food to start with..just empty calories. I don't need them.

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  6. There is always a price to pay for what is good. I know you worked hard to get healthy, but know that every now and then you can treat yourself. Eat vegan the day after.

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    1. We do treat ourselves every once in a while taking into account the extra calories and reducing our intake for a day or two after....but we don't go to fast food restaurants or Chinese restaurants any more.

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  7. I'm with Harry Hamid above...

    Soon we'll be too busy reading all the things we should be doing/eating and not eating that we'll have no time to eat, anyway! :)

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  8. oh this is little hard work for me but many people will appreciate it i know

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  9. I've heard that about being hungry an hour after eating Chinese, but for me it just isn't true.
    I wouldn't be at all surprised to find the calorie count for most takeaways is high, just as it is in restaurants, where everything is so much more delicious than what you might make at home, BECAUSE it's made with things like real butter, real cream etc. Usually. The idea is not to worry about things like that, unless you plan to eat takeaways or restaurant meals every single day. Make it a once a month treat, or maybe just twice a year... and you'll be fine.

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  10. I keep track of my calorie count daily. If I plan to eat out I will plan my restaurant calories in advance and alter my other two meals to account for it. Of course I have to guess about a lot of the calories and know I will be shocked when I find out what they are for real.

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    1. You're being a good girl. It pays off in the end.

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  11. We go to a Thai restaurant once a month for a retiree luncheon, and I don't want to know the caloric value of what we're eating. When it comes to some things, ignorance is bliss. :)

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    1. It's only once a month. Go for a long walk after lol.

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