Now and then, it seems like some restaurants are getting a clue… perhaps they’re actually listening to some of what is being said.
I know I hear more people paying attention to what they’re ordering, or being utterly shocked at how many calories are in (what they THOUGHT) was a “healthy salad”…
But oh my… we still have a LONG way to go to continue being educated. We certainly can’t let the restaurants do the math, and assume they have our best interests at heart. No, we have to consider what their objective is – for us to buy whatever it is they sell. It’s not ultimately for us to be healthy.
But I’ll give them credit where it’s due, they’re at least TRYING.
One of our kid’s favorite places to eat when we’re traveling (and if they’re in the area), is Culver’s. “Home of the Butterburgers”…. You can imagine how this sits with me. I used to LOVE their Wisconsin patty melts. (When I ate rye bread, slathered in butter… swiss cheese all melty and stuff.) Some days I even ordered a “double”… 616 calories and 35 g. carbs. Ouch on the calories especially. Now I just get a double butter burger with lettuce and mustard only – and eat it (without the bun of course). Sometimes I have a salad with it – no cheese, croutons or dressing of course… it fits the bill for A LOT fewer calories and carbs. Not the best choice – but much better for me.
I was a little surprised that with their “Mindful Choices” options, they failed to offer something less of a 4″ white-bread bun! That’s 160 calories RIGHT THERE of no nutrition… Remember: Think! WHY am I eating this? What’s the point?
Online Culver’s even has a “Nutritional Meal Builder” to give you the 4-1-1 on what you’re going to stuff on in, and pray it processes. They also have an allergen “grid” for their products. Very nice. I think while their product offering is mostly of the “fast food” sort – they are trying to make better options available for their customers. That’s more that I can say for a lot of other companies! Just be more aware of what you’re eating. Don’t just 500 calories is what YOU should be eating at a meal just because that is their smallest offering. Most people need LESS than that.
“Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4
We’ve all said it before.
Perhaps we didn’t realize what we were really implying. But, when I hear this… I sometimes think – people must think someone else has a boatload more time than they do, if they’re fitting in whatever it is that person is longing to do.
Guess what? That’s not the truth.
You’re fitting everything in that is important, that needs to be done…. and if you’re not fitting it in, it’s not a priority.
Hey, I know sometimes it feels like you don’t have enough time – believe me, I feel it too. When I’ve over scheduled… and under prioritized, and said yes to everyone… but my MAKER, and my family. I fail and am miserable.
But honestly, think of how things go when someone passes away… and there are “emergencies” to be taken care of – and you rearrange your schedule, and you MAKE it fit, because that is just what people do. They MAKE time for what is important to them. We do this without a funeral too – EVERY. DAY.
Well, on a much lighter note – making a salad is important to me, EVERY lunch time.
I plan for it. I make sure I have my supplies on hand… and lo and behold, it happens! Crazy.
I’m not some guru, nor am I’m not trying really hard – I just make it a priority – so it’s not a pain, and it doesn’t take a lot of time!
So here’s the scoop! Are you ready for this secret revealed??
I get several bunches of green leaf lettuce every week, along with a cucumber and a pepper or any other veggie I’m desiring that week. [We are able to go to the grocery store mid-week also, so we are able to restock if we need to on the green leaf lettuce bunch.]
I clean my lettuce and cut it into big leaves – and put it in my crisper from Wal-Mart. I put down 3-4 paper towels, then the cleaned lettuce leaves – and then more paper towels to soak up extra moisture and keep the lettuce fresh. I them put my uncut veggies into a separate crisper just for smaller veggies and I got it from Tupperware. The rest of the things I always stock – low sodium, Sara Lee oven roasted chicken (shredded), sunflower seeds and cottage cheese. Easy! I just pull my items out at lunch, or pack it in the AM to take it with me.
Then I have no excuses… because it’s really NOT. THAT. HARD. Would you agree?
Don’t tell me you “don’t have time” for a nice salad. I won’t believe you. God is worth it – plan ahead and get into some new routines that will help you have the RIGHT items on hand! This will make it SO much easier to be healthy for Him!
“So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12
You’ve heard it before… if it sounds too good to be true – it almost always is.
We hope for some magical, awesome tasting goodness that is bottomless, that is 3 net carbs, contains no artificial anything and stays around 100 calories – yes?
Sorry all, it doesn’t exist. I’ve looked.
The thought of this made me recall the commentary I hear all too often about new frozen yogurt place in our area. (Similar places are setting up all over the country… maybe you have one near you too!) Ours is called Orange Leaf. It sells yogurt that YOU dispense into a bowl, or a waffle bowl, or.. if you’re really feeling wacky – onto a brownie (although I don’t recommend this, I hear it turns the brownie into a frozen ROCK, not to mention it throws out the “fat free” theory further out the window).
So you take your bowl of whatever flavor is your favorite (choose from about zillion combinations) and then scoop on whatever toppings you wish until you can no longer see anything resembling the ice-cream in your bowl. (Give or take a spoonful!)
You get the concept?
Thankfully, because God opened my eyes to schemes like this one, I go in – fully aware of what I’m doing. (Sure, I’ve filled my bowl too full on occasion, it’s very easy to over-estimate your smallish amount – but I’m sure to work that off too because I can calculate what that is going to do in my system. Remember: Calories in, calories OUT!)
So I see the “7 carbs per ounce”, and I don’t immediately think, “This is good for me.” I do the math that a 6-7 ounce dish is going to be 42-49 carbs, and about 300-400 calories, depending on what I’m putting on there. Not quite as healthy as you were thinking huh? (Especially considering their totals are for the yogurt ONLY).
What is the first thing I hear MOST people say about this place? Usually something like, “Oh, it’s so great … because it’s FAT FREE, so it’s guilt free.”
First of all, not all yogurt is fat-free, and as we know – this is a marketing scheme and doesn’t mean good things, and it doesn’t mean that it’s harmless. It should make you wonder what IS in it if it’s FREE of other things? Secondly… that’s an easy way to get into BIG TROUBLE over consuming calories very quickly.
Maybe you didn’t want to read that… (we prefer NOT know – right?) 🙂 But the truth is… you need to be aware for the sake of being healthy for Him, and taking care of your body. There is a reason why you don’t feel FULL when you consume it… it’s empty carbs, and it should be treated as a dessert or special TREAT.
Did I mention I’m thankful I don’t live closer to it?
Pray for opportunities to lovingly share with others about the myths out there you used to believe before God opened your mind to the Truth about your health. As Mark Hall said at the Casting Crowns concert this summer, we are the BODY of Christ – not the audience. We don’t learn things to “sit back” and only soak in. We need to encourage others, and spread the message of what He’s done for us! 🙂 (Don’t be hurt if people don’t immediately feel convicted that being healthy is for them. Just plant the seed and let God do His best work. In His time, for His glory alone.)
“Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me”. – Matthew 25:45
My husband and I try to shop smart. Years ago, I thought maybe he was a little crazy for his obsession with Consumer Reports before we made purchases for our home and life.
It didn’t take long for me to realize he was onto something… Consumer Reports has been a great resource for so many purchases over our married lifetime. It rates products you consider purchasing based on how they really work (or don’t).
We went without it for a couple of years when things were tight, and we borrowed it from my Father-in-law because we just couldn’t live without it.
Well, a few months ago… Consumer Reports rated: DIETS.
Yes. You read that correctly.
I thought…”What?” But I had to read on… you know how I loathe that word.
The facts are, people DO invest in diets… sometimes several different types of diets, trying to reach their goals or maintain a healthy weight.
And … throughout that process, people might even lose weight. People may even show remarkable changes in how they eat… for a time. But statistically so many people “drop out” before they get very far.
Why is that??
My guess would be the commitment (who is their commitment to?) and the goals (who are they trying to be healthy for?) aspect. Often times access to the specific foods, or rigid rules wear people out and they go back to their old ways. What they’re missing is NOT changing their lifestyle. They think of the word diet, as a short-term goal to meet their short-term expectations for their life.
Well… Jenny Craig was the winner – with people weighing 8% less than when they started after 2 years. Jenny Craig has specific “branded” meals to eat, and a weekly counselor to check in with (by phone or in person). The other diets reviewed were Slim-Fast, Weight Watchers, Zone, Ornish, Atkins and Nutri-System.
All of this sounds great, right? IF any of them were training you to be able to do this in the “real world”… on your “own” without their rules, meals and guidelines.
But that’s not what is going on here.
What these diets want to do, is sell you stuff… and keep you coming back for more. Many people ride a roller coaster of gaining and losing weight over and over again… and that’s what they’re hoping for.
The problem is, these diets were focused on one thing – SELLING something. Selling food, books, magazines, ideas… and they really didn’t care about YOU specifically, or your heart issues on food and exercise.
Be aware. WHO is it that you want to be healthy FOR? If your goals are to be healthy for Him… then with His strength, you should be able to make the most sensible choices in any situation because your eyes are on the Lord.
So, while countless “health experts” and workout coaches have some great info to share, and products to sell… don’t be duped into following it like a religion. Use His standard to figure out what the Truth is.
Does God doesn’t want you to be micromanaging your calorie intake for the rest of your life or working out to the point of it being an idol. (He made variety for a reason!) He wants you to live freely, but use wisdom in your choices.
God isn’t looking for perfection from me or you… He’s looking for us to draw our strength from Him in all things… even in HEALTH.
“For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” Psalm 33:4
You read correctly. NOTHING is off-limits.
Isn’t that freeing?
Once you realize that you’re not bound to being legalistic about food… and you have the education to back your decisions… you can can breathe again.
What if someone told you could NEVER have birthday cake… Ever again.
How would you feel?
Would you start thinking about birthday cake….? About how much you LIKE birthday cake… and how you were hoping to share some cake at your son/daughter’s birthday party, or your anniversary, or a wedding celebration and NOW you can NEVER…
I’ll tell you what. I’m not perfect.
I’m thankful God doesn’t expect perfection – even in eating. BUT…That also isn’t a “get out of jail free card” either. When I go on vacation, my convictions from God, on health, go with me… they STICK with me at all times. I don’t suddenly hit a day where I eat “anything I want” and stuff myself crazy full. I just never desire what some might consider a “free day” like that. God did that.
What God does want is our best… every day.
When Danna Demetre (Scale Down) mentioned that “no food is forbidden” it was freeing. What happened when Eve was told the fruit on the tree of knowledge was forbidden?
If we think something is forbidden, we start a cycle of potential idol worship and suddenly food has control over us. We can become fearful of eating the wrong things… to the point that it consumes us!
As Christians, we are not full of fear. We are FULL of faith! Everyday is a free day. YOU are free in Christ!!
If no food is forbidden, then suddenly it was MY choice to say no to the foods that weren’t good for me. I saw what foods with poor nutritional value did to my body, and I felt it. It was not some “list of rules” that made me feel bound and gagged. I was driven by my accountability to God, and my desire is to please Him.
If there are things you’re consuming that aren’t God’s best… then you need to lay them at His feet. Pray for Him to help free you from the bondage of whatever that vise may be. It’s between YOU and Him.
Education is the key to helping you make better choices… don’t use ignorance, to what is in food, as an excuse to consume whatever you want… “because you’re going to die anyway…” Instead, enjoy the freedom that we can have treats and eat in real life without guilt. Strive to do better each day, eating the things HE has made for you to enjoy!
Glorify God in the body… in all ways that you can. It all matters – to Him.
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” – 3 John 1:2