Reading some recent posts I was reminded of an incident that happened with a friend some years ago. Three of us were going out for Suzi's birthday celebration. Suzi announced that she had gained 10 pounds over the holidays, but this was the year she was taking them off...along with the other 50 or so she had gained over the years. "Tonight is my birthday, so even though I'm watching it I'm going to let myself enjoy the evening." (Over the course of dinner she mentioned that the previous two nights had also been celebrations, and that another was planned for the weekend.)
She started with a lovely salad...with a large serving of creamy ranch dressing. For dinner she ordered shrimp dijong. For those of you who may not be familiar, this is shrimp made with a very heavy garlic/butter/breadcrumb sauce. Absolutely delicious...but generally served with more sauce than shrimp. A potato with butter and sour cream finished the main course.
For dessert the server brought a complimentary piece of apple pie a la mode...generously a la mode. Suzie polished it off with pleasure. At the end of the meal she pushed away her plate and said with satisfaction "That wasn't too bad, I had salad and seafood, and for dessert I stuck to fruit."
Reading some of the posts recently I was reminded about that episode and thought about how often we kid ourselves about what we actually put in our mouth. That night was an epiphany for me...not that it changed my eating, but I stopped kidding myself about how much food I was really taking in.
I thought I'd share this...hope it helps others.