I am on the road on business this week and went out to dinner with some friends/colleagues as a treat. They choose Olive Garden and I said I could make it work. I got my favorite dish, the Chicken Alfredo. According to the Olive Garden web site the typical portion has 1440 calories. Holy cow! Well, I did eat a hearty portion, but mostly the chicken and just a few bites of pasta. I left at least 2/3rds of the pasta. I also skipped the bread sticks and had a very small portion of salad. But then the three of us shared a piece of white chocolate raspberry cheese cake (yum!!). That was just a mere 890 calories--divided by three, I suppose my share was just shy of 300 calories. My goodness! So while it was hard to count my calories in my head, I would suppose I had at least 750 calories for that meal. (I still did OK for the day, lunch was pretty light, turkey sandwich and a handful of chips and breakfast was normal, cereal and milk.) So not my healthiest day, but at least calories weren't a total blow out.
So all in all, in a social situation I did so-so. But what gets me is that in the past I would have easily eaten the entire pasta dish and a healthy helping of salad and at least 2-3 bread sticks. It makes my arteries clog just thinking about it. Thank goodness I avoid restaurant eating most of the time lately, because I think that it would be a disaster. I think the restaurant industry in America is trying to kill us...and up until a few months ago I was a willing participant far too often.