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Tonight, because my son got a free coupon from school, we went to Stevi B’s Pizza.  In case you don’t have Stevi B’s in your area, it’s a mid-grade pizza buffet.  Similar to a Cici’s…maybe slightly better.

Typically (even recently) when we go there, I just go crazy.  I mean crazy! The pieces are thin crust, a little on the smallish size, so I can eat a lot of them.  Here’s the slice-by-slice breakdown:

Trip 1:
Pepperoni and hamburger pizza (x2)
Loaded baked potato pizza
Macaroni and cheese pizza
Pepperoni pizza

Trip 2:
Loaded baked potato pizza
Hawaiian pizza (x2)
Veggie pizza (x2)
Pepperoni pizza

Trip 3:
Loaded baked potato pizza
Supreme pizza (x2)
Cinnamon roll (x3)

Trip 4:
Cinnamon roll (x2)
Green olives (from the salad bar)

Are you seeing the problem at this point?  The tally for this ridiculousness is about 2,700 calories…not counting the olives.  Crazy right!

So, tonight, I went in with a plan and with purpose.  I started off with a nice salad (lettuce, carrots, cucumber, green pepper, banana pepper, green olives, and a touch of Italian dressing).  I followed this up with one piece of pepperoni pizza, one piece of hawaiian pizza, and one piece of spinach alfredo pizza.  This meal came in around 750 calories.

I left feeling victorious!  And full, for that matter.

Side note:  I’ve added a page to my website with links to various fast food joints for easy reference.  Enjoy…and educate yourself!

Johnny Carino’s. That’s where I had lunch today. Due to the fact that I’m allergic to poultry, about 75% of their lunch menu was “off the menu” for me. Looking through the lunch menu in particular, about half of them featured chicken. Two options did jump out at me: the “Homemade 16-Layer Lasagna”, and the “Jalapeno Garlic Tilapia”. I figured that I had better stay away from the lasagna, because lasagna is traditionally high in calories, so I opted for the fish…because fish is healthy, right?

So my dish comes out, and it’s a lovely portion of tilapia…not too large, not too small…served over a bed of angel hair pasta. It was a generous portion, but not TOO big.

And that’s where the positive things end.

The entire dish was covered in some kind of rich sauce. Don’t get me wrong: it tasted great! In fact, I ate the WHOLE THING. That was Mistake #2.

What was Mistake #1? They also serve small loaves of Bruschetta bread as an appetizer. There were three of us at lunch…and we ate three. So I figure I ate one all by myself. Not good.

But the problems really started with Mistake #0. Months ago I blogged about making good choices eating out. One of my tips was to use the interwebs to LOOK UP THE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION BEFORE YOU ORDER! (I’m not yelling at you. I’m yelling at myself.)

You see, if I had just taken my Droid out BEFORE I ate instead of AFTER, I would have known that the Tilipia was the single most high calorie dish on the lunch menu. AND, that the bread was EQUALLY AS BAD. How bad?

Bruschetta Bread 1,288 calories
Jalapeno Garlic Tilapia 1,255 calories

Oh yeah…and I dipped the bread in the oil, so let’s just make it a nice round 2,700 calories. I had MORE calories in one meal then I shoot for eating in an entire day. Ooops!

Thankfully, though, I’m not on a diet. I just do “1 Meal – 1 Workout”. When dinner came around, I was back on track. Tomorrow’s another chance to make smart choices.

 I’ve had that conversation with my wife I don’t know how many times. It’s also the most popular topic of conversation after church every Sunday.

Lot’s of diet programs make it tough to eat out; there are real restrictions on what you can eat. My approach is a little more open ended. I don’t really count calories, but I try to be “calorie aware”. I’ve tried to educate myself on what foods are calorie dense, what foods are nutritious, and what things I should typically avoid.

If you’re one of those people that do okay on a diet plan until you dine out, allow me to make a suggestion. Pick where you’re going to go ahead of time (if you can), and do a little investigating. Lots of restaurants have their entire menu with nutritional information available online. I’m not above grabbing my Droid and looking it up on the way to the restaurant.

Sounds too simple, right? A little strategic planning ahead of time can make a huge difference in what happens when you sit down to dine. Most people eat at the same places over and over. It doesn’t take much research to find some healthy things at pretty much any restaurant.

Try it…you might be surprised.