Yesterday wasn’t a regular workday. I had a meeting for half the day, and so was able to go out for dinner with some work friends, which was very nice. And very unusual for me because I commute so far, and so I really don’t socialize much with them. Several of them are weight watchers, too, so that was nice. The food was absolutely delicious, and beautifully presented, too. I chose a Thai beef salad, which was a relatively good choice. Just veggies and mango and of course the beef. The dressing seemed to be pretty light.
So after everyone had eaten, there was some dessert discussion. I had seen the case of desserts when I first came in and they looked amazing. But I wasn’t going to order one. To be honest, I was hoping a couple of girls would suggest ordering a dessert and sharing, and that is exactly what happened. So one of my friends who has battled a weight problem as long as I’ve known her, and has just started W.W., ordered the chocolate mousse. And she handed me a spoonful. When I tasted it, I was surprised at how dense and rich and DELICIOUS it was. I knew by the taste of it that it was basically dark chocolate, sugar, eggs, and cream or butter. And I commented to her that it was the essence of what great chocolate was supposed to be. And she said to me, so innocently and enthusiastically, ‘its what I always order on a cruise, just a little light dessert.” And I think that she really thought that. That because it came in a dish like pudding, and had no crust or other extra stuff with it, that it was an innocent, low-calorie, ‘light’ dessert choice. I knew it wasn’t.
So I came home and looked up the nutritionals on a similar mousse. 670 CALORIES, 48 FAT GRAMS.
I had another friend (also a W.W.) and we were discussing going out to eat vs. going to get a small Cold Stone ice cream. And she asked how many points in the Cold Stone. A small cup has 16 points. And she gasped and said, oh no, I’d rather eat lunch. And I said that whenever I ate out, I always knew it was going to be at least 16 points. She gasped again. And I said, well, we can go, and you can order that salad you like, and we can pretend it is not 16 points.
Knowledge is power.
Its one thing to not care what or how much you eat. That’s how I used to eat. I never checked a label because I didn’t care. I allowed myself to eat whatever and whenever I wanted, as long as it tasted good. But to be ‘trying’ to lose weight and to arbitrarily assign ‘light’ or ‘low calorie’ to foods because that’s what you think they should be or want them to be, well, that’s just silly.