As is usual in our house, whoevers birthday it is gets to choose where they want to go for their meal out. Yesterdays venue was an all american bbq and smokehouse joint. I took one look at the menu and surrendered there and then, absolutely no way I had a prayer at healthy eating. The only nod to being good was the bottled water I drank instead of wine. I had a shared platter starter with my son ( letting him eat the majority), this consisted of pulled pork, chicken wings, chicken bites, hush puppies, garlic tortillas, belly pork and coleslaw. My intention was to eat 1 bit of tortilla, 1 hush puppy and a bit of pulled pork. - that WAS my intention, reality was very different. My main was a meatfest with dirty fries, I ate 1 rib, 1 piece of chicken and 1 corndog with about 1/2 dozen fries. I reckon calories must have been at least 2000!! Surfice to say I was uncomfortably stuffed and really didn't like the feeling at all. 5 large 'doggy bags' came home with us, fortunately polished off at midnight by 3 human dustbins, 1 cat and 1 overjoyed jack russell. The only saving grace to the day was that was all I ate.
Today was the actual birthday and big family meal was being cooked by myself at home. I made roasted red pepper soup, accompanied by garlic potato skins and homemade mediterranean bread for starters ( I ate the soup, 2 skins and 1 piece of bread), venison steak, chunky skin on chips ( par boil, and bake with minimal oil) and baked tomatoes for mains ( I didn't have any chips) then birthday cake for dessert ( I ate a tiny slither, fortunately I don't really go for sweet stuff at all). Total calories was 650 for the meal, again I stuck to water to drink. I had only 200 kcals for breakfast, supper will be about 400kcals, so much better day today.
I have thoroughly enjoyed both yesterday and todays meals, I didn't enjoy the awful tight stomach feeling though. It isn't too long ago that I wouldn't have thought I had gotten value from my meal if I hadn't been stuffed. 3 months of eating properly and healthily has put paid to all that and I far prefer to leave food on my plate, being able to walk away from the table with my waistband still feeling comfortable. Yesterday was just the 4 of us as a unit. Today was the extended family meal and I was cooking for 14, the only 'tight' feeling I had was from the main dining room table being fully extended and everyone packed around it, lol.
Both days have provided wonderful memories captured in my mind forever and in 'stills'. Both days have also taught me a lesson in the good and bad way to enjoy food.
That said, the memory of those awesome ribs will last a long time...........😳