have got to see this.
to the CBC Marketplace website for this story on the HUGE
calories in common sit down restaurants. Veggie burgers with
778 calories - almost twice the calories as a Quarter Pounder.
Add the fries, another 440 calories. That's 1281 calories,
without a beverage.
entrées with 1500+ calories. That's just the entrée,
no appetizer, no drinks, no dessert.
fajitas - 1484 Calories. That's well over half a days Caloric
needs for most adults.
been saying for two decades how most restaurants serve truly
gluttonous serving sizes that are beyond all reason. Needless
to say most of these restaurateurs don't like what I have
to say. Too bad.
restaurant had a Spinach and Artichoke appetizer with 1161
calories and a Southwest Philly Rollup with Fries entrée
with 1593 calories.
you ordered this appetizer and entrée you're at 2754
calories! And that's without a beverage or dessert.
out which restaurants these menu items came from, and how
most sit down restaurants have more calories per plate than
fast food restaurants.
why you're gaining weight? Could it be eating 1500 to 3000
calories at one sitting? You bet! And I bet you didn't know
might argue that the odd high calorie meal here and there
is a "treat" or that it isn't really that bad. OK
show me the evidence that eating 50% to 150% of all your calories
for one day in one sitting is not unhealthy. And ask your
self this, honestly, would you actually feel good about knowing
that you ate such a high calorie meal? Don't play on words
or use humor to cover up the issue.. Would you seriously feel
good about knowing that you ate so much at one seating? I
wouldn't, I don't expect many would.
you even order a meal if you knew it was so high in calories?
Some may not care, but most people don't want to overeat.
Thai chicken? Over 2000 calories! Disgusting. Disturbing.
Think your common restaurant is interested in your health?
You'd have to be a moron to believe that serving a 2000 calorie
meal is healthy for anyone. Strong words? Undiplomatic? Hey
listen, this has gone on long enough. This isn't funny, this
isn't about politics, or leaving business to regulate themselves
or any other overly simplistic 'avoid the issue' redirect.
is about health. It's about making informed choices. No health
professional, no dietitian, no doctor is going to agree that
eating 1500 calorie meals is part of a healthy choice. We
know this is bad for us. It is borderline sociopathic behavior
to knowingly put people in harms way like this. Yes, overeating
is a serious health risk.
the Marketplace piece and how a restaurant industry rep dances
around Marketplace questions about the importance of placing
calorie values on menu items.
time to set higher standards for your self. Don't eat obesogenic
meals, and ask for calorie counts on the meals you order.
Let restaurants know you are concerned about your health and
that you want to make an informed decision about what you
people won't stop coming to your restaurants if you list the
calories on your dishes, they will tend to order dishes with
healthier caloric values. You then simply eliminate the high
calorie meals that aren't ordered anymore or reduce the caloric
value. Just do it.
here for the CBC Marketplace story
you know of a restaurant that actually serves healthy meals
with reasonable calorie counts? Tell me about it and I'll
post it. Let's build a list of restaurants that we can eat
at without busting the calorie budget.
me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org