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August 20, 2008

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Check out this YouTube video on the role calories now play on many restaurant menus. New York recently passed a law mandating chain restaurants to post their calorie content on their menus, which has been a huge eye opener for many diners.

Most people have no idea that a Big Mac has about 1,000 calories. They see something that both looks and sounds appetizing and order it. With restaurant food, we all get caught up in the décor, the atmosphere and even the menu. Most menu items sell you on the main ingredients and do not tell you about all the butter or thick cream the dish is sautéed in, and that is where the calories add up.  

The next time you go out for dinner, check in with yourself beforehand and decide what you want. Even if “Plate of Vegetables” is not on the menu, chances are they have broccoli, spinach and carrots in the back. Be daring and don’t even read the menu. Ask for steamed vegetables or a piece of fish, something closer to what you might eat at home. You will have more control over what you are putting into your body and you will be listening to what it truly needs.  

Let us know how this works for you.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.