Post # 1
I’ll be honest. I’m not into politics.
I consider myself intelligent on many things in life. I know how to tie my shoes. I’ve got my ABC’s down to an art, and I’m proficient in spelling. I can read pretty fast and type even faster. I’m even semi-ok with math. Politics on the other hand, is so not my thing. I realize to some of you sitting there with your mouths agape, that I probably sound pretty ignorant, living in a democracy where my freedom to participate in the formation of the laws of the land is as important as the air that I breathe. That’s true and I don’t disagree. It’s my right and my responsibility. I still vote and all that jazz, but usually I don’t try to keep up with whatever comes after that. In all honesty, politi-speak confuses me. I’m unfamiliar with the jargon and it feels like a horribly-mismatched game of tennis or something. Call me lazy or disinterested or whatever, but all this new health care stuff? Don’t expect me to be able to tell you crap from shinola. Well, maybe I could tell you a little about shinola 😉
The point of this post is that I got really excited about something that I actually understood as I heard the news this morning. PART OF THE NEW HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL IS GOING TO REQUIRE LARGE CHAIN-RESTARAUNTS TO PUT THE CALORIE CONTENT OF ALL THEIR ITEMS ON THE MENUS!
I am ecstatic! This makes me happy! I try to count calories, and am taking my health a lot more seriously these days, and now as a consumer and (I won’t lie) a frequenter of fine cuisine locales (you know, like Applebee’s 😉 I will be much more informed. It will help me to make better decisions about what I’m eating. Instead of trying to “guesstimate” how many calories that awesome sandwich has (it’s really not that BIG, so it can’t have over ____ calories) I will KNOW and maybe, just maybe, I’ll skip the fries.
Post # 3
This was instituted in NYC like 2 years ago I think. It’s been great. I don’t really eat at chain restaurants, but it’s been really helpful at Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Cosi (kinda like Panera Bread), and Au Bon Pain. I’d love to see in put in place everywhere.
Post # 4
They do this in nyc and i love it! Really helps me see what i just shouldn’t be eating (omg the chicken nugget meals). However, you may be quite surprised to find that places like applebees and olive garden have only a handful of meals under 900 calories! Probably because of huge portion sizes
Post # 5
I didn’t hear about this but I approve!
Post # 6
I’m actually pretty uspet by this… I’ve dealt with some eating issues and have found that if I know how many calories are in what I’m eating I tend not to eat enough… :(( I do think the information should be available in a book onsite (like Jamba Juice has always done) or on the internet, but I HATE seeing it when I’m trying to order. Then I under-eat, over-agonize, and end up famished and self-hating later on.
Post # 7
I think this is wonderful! Do you know if they’ll be listing protein, carbs, fibers, etc, too?
@Entangled – would it help you to think about the quality of the food you’re eating? I mean, let’s be honest here… 150 calories of french fries or Special K are not nutritionally the same as 150 calories of a healthy whole food like tofu or salad.
Post # 8
@ hotchild & joeswifey – I knew that they did this in NYC, but I think they avoid it around these parts like the plague (we’re not exactly known for being the pillar or health) so I think it will really be a great and informative move. Hopefully eventually OKC will be bumped off the list of “The top 20 unhealthiest US cities for women”.
@ Entangled – I’m sorry you’ve dealth with eating issues 🙁
I figure, if I’m going out to eat, it’s a treat for me, and while I’m not exactly striving for super-healthy, I can at least make BETTER choices, if not skipping something entirely.
Post # 9
thats awesome! i am excited as well. sometimes i need info shoved down my throat if i’m going to make good decisions 🙂
Post # 10
A few restaraunts around here in Cali have started doing it, and for me it’s such a big help. I really, really appreciate it.
Post # 11
@Lilyfaith – actually my problem was with (totally non-DSM diagnosis warning) orthorexia, so it was focused on obsessing over eating foods like that. Which I generally do (I hate fries and love tofu, because I am weird like that), but would rather not have the self-hatred kick in every time I eat a muffin, or put some dressing on my salad.
I do think that it’s good for people to be able to have awareness of what they are eating, but I wish it were more in terms of ingredients and being able to research stuff if you wanted rather than reducing the menu to a list of how many calories (i.e. how bad) everything is.
Post # 12
I haven’t heard anything about this, but I think it’s awesome, too. I’m not a strict calorie counter, but I try to memorize what’s in my everyday foods. This will definitely be great if I have to go out for lunch, or if we eat out for dinner. I think a lot of people don’t realize how many calories can be hidden in things like sauces, so this could really be an eye opener for some.
Post # 13
I am also extremely excited about this! I’ve been trying to lose weight and am calorie counting, but it’s always so hard when I go out! That’s why I like going to Applebees because they have their “under 550 calorie” menu items. But other places, there’s no information anywhere so I know I’m eating too much! Yay for this!
Post # 14
This is great for certain restaurants who have never released the nutrition facts for their food (like Applebee’s). I’m not sure if I like the idea of it being plastered on the menu because sometimes I want to eat something even if it isn’t that good for me. But I really agree with it being easily available on their website or by request in the store.
Post # 15
They do this in CA too. It’s kind of awesome, but I don’t like it when they put it right on the menu next to the prices. It really affects what I order! Better to have it in a brochure at the table, so you can look at it if you want to.
Post # 16
It was nice to see this up at Panera this weekend. Encouraged me to go with a 700 calorie lunch, not a 1500 on accident. Knowing the value helps me make wiser decisions. If i still want it, I’ll still eat it. But at least I won’t be kidding myself regarding how many calories did I/did I not consume.