It seems that food is forever at the heart of holidays and family celebrations. And we're not talking just Thanksgiving and Christmas, but Saint Valentine's Day, Easter, and Independence Day, and birthdays galore. After all the servings of protein and starches come, almost inevitably, the decadent desserts.
That certainly has been the case with our wedding anniversary this week. After delicious meals of flounder and swordfish, our favorite oceanside restaurant brought us a huge chunk of chocolate fudge cake complete with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, pecans (a must in the South), and a cherry on top. We ate it all, somehow; after all, it would have been rude not to have done so, right?
Then tonight our son and his family took us to the finest Brazilian restaurant hereabouts, and after all the feasting on succulent slices of beef, the restaurant again brought us a big slab of chocolate brownie with generous portions of edible flourishes. On top of that, my DW had ordered creme brule, and it came in a huge bowl. Of course, we shared with everyone, but still the caloric intake had to be enormous. I shudder to think how many miles I would need to walk, bike, or swim to work it all off.
Ah, but to ease the worry and guilt, I started to think about all the foods I have NOT eaten during this anniversary week. Here are some:
A Zaxby's birthday cake shake: 860 calories, 40% fat, 55% carbs, 5% protein.
Outback Aussie cheese fries with ranch dressing: 2,900 calories 182g fat, 240g carbs
Burger King Double Whooper with cheese: 990 calories 64g fat, 52g carbs
Big Mac (though I craved one): 560 calories
Also, at McDonald's, McFlurry with M&M candies: 620 calories
Chili's chocolate chip paradise pie with vanilla ice cream: 1,600 calories
I also thought to add some of P.F. Chang's wonderful entrees as among those we have NOT eaten on this week of celebration; however, we have a gift card to that wonderful restaurant, and so will be eating there soon. No one should spoil a visit to that magical place by reviewing a calories-added menu. How often do you go there? For us, it's not often. We shall just go and enjoy every morsel.
This fall will offer plenty of opportunities between kids' soccer games, the Heart Walk, the Walk to End Alzheimers, and treks with Superdawg to trim the extra pounds added this week.
© Robert G. Holland 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
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