You’re not paranoid if they really are out to get you.
Leslie of The Weighting Game (who makes me laugh so hard that I actually count it as a mini-workout) got me thinking today about restaurant food. This has typically be an area fraught with anxiety for me. Seriously, you’ve never seen overthinking unless you’ve watched me study a restaurant menu. It’s painful and I’m not talking about paper cuts.
She posted a partial list from Men’s Health Magazine about the 20 Worst Foods in America. These fat bombs give you twice your daily calories and up to six times your daily alottment of fat – in one single dish. Not to mention enough carbs and simple sugars to fuel three ultramarathoners and I’m pretty sure the average diner at Chilis isn’t meeting up with Dean Karnazes after their awesome blossom and chocolate chip pie for a little 100-mile jog.
They Are Trying To Kill You
Chefs apparently want you dead. I don’t know if they are mean people in general (I can’t believe that after reading Hungry Waif’s blog!) or if they just don’t realize the potential problems associated with giving their customer base heart attacks and diabetes. According to Restaurant Shockers on E-Diets, chefs go out of their way to sabotage your “healthy” food.
My top favorite way? They butter your steamed vegetables. Kathleen Daelemeans, a West Bloomfield, Mich., chef and author of Getting Thin and Loving Food, reports “I recently ordered steamed vegetable from room service at New York City hotel. Sure, they steamed them. But then they tossed them in so much butter and olive oil that I would have been better off ordering a banana split.” And I always wondered why veggies at restuarants taste so much better than when I cook them at home.
My second favorite (??) shocker: marinara sauce is not healthy. Again, it’s the massive amounts of oil they use. Fat sells. Unless you’re in marketing. And then you’d be better off with an anemic, chain-smoking, top heavy piece of broccoli with size 0 legs and puffy cheeks.
To find out the rest of the shockers and ways to combat them at your favorite restaurant, check out the whole article. It’s an eye opener.