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Old 03-27-2013, 04:05 PM   #1
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I thought I did well...

We went to the Olive Garden. I didn't have breadsticks which was tough. I had the salmon with broccoli, but I had 2 servings of salad, no crutons, no tomato. I just looked up the dressing, 2 Tbsp is 22 carbs!! Seriously??? Tell me it ain't so!!
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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Ouch! What kind? That sounds like a vinaigrette of some sort... they're awful

I always stick to caesar, ranch, or blue cheese anymore... everything else is generally to carby for me
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:13 PM   #3
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Wow, I was thinking that sounds like the perfect thing to order!

That was the regular dressing they put on the big salads, wasn't it? What in the world is in the dressing?

That is the same number of carbs I had today - all day. But I ate lots of veggies and got some fiber in there, too.

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Old 03-27-2013, 06:19 PM   #4
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I always always always check the online menu of any large chain. I can even do it on my smartphone while I'm there, if need be. Dressings are often a trouble area, because most are LF, which means high sugar.

Otherwise, you did great!
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:48 PM   #5
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Oh, hold on there a minute! When I look up the nutritional info on the Olive Garden website, it says 11 g. carbs per serving for the salad - croutons and all. I found a nutritional listing for just the dressing on another site that lists the dressing as 3 g. carbs per 2 TB serving. I don't think it was as bad as you thought.

That said, I know quite a number of low carbers that ask for dressing on the side when they eat in a restaurant - and then pull their own dressing out of their purse!
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:43 PM   #6
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Hopefully kitcub is right! 11g with the croutons still added seems MUCH more reasonable... hopefully you'll be safe after all Gibbs
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Old 03-27-2013, 08:04 PM   #7
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Their dressing is 2 carbs for 2 TBSP. I looked at the bottle last time we ate there. When you're inside, you can ask for a "nutritional menu" it has all of their nutritional info for everything they have.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:14 AM   #8
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This morning I'm up 3# BOOOOO

Lesson learned, always look even though you think it's ok!!
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:11 AM   #9
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Sorry. it'll be gone in a day or so. Drink plenty of water to flush the retention out of your system.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:39 AM   #10
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You did do well. And keep in mind that what you eat yesterday does not turn into fat today. The dressing has a ton of sodium in it, so that may account for the scale increase as well as daily weight fluctuations. You made excellent choices.
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You made really good choices and I'm sure you're just up water weight from the salt.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:49 AM   #12
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Thanks all! I am proud of myself for avoiding the bread sticks and ordering the salmon. I was hoping to go somewhere I could get surf-n-turf, but this was just as good. Next time, just a side salad with ranch, and yes, I'll take my own!
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:08 PM   #13
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Olive Garden is the worst - you walk in and gain weight. I do anyway. It's sooooo hard to eat there because even the lettuce is overly carby. No not really but almost everything has carbs you wouldnt expect It's one of the few restaurants I make myself avoid. You did way better than I ever do
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:25 PM   #14
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The dressing is fine.... its only 2 carbs per 2 tbsp. I eat it all the time.

Your weight is probably up because restaurant meals are always salty, and the salt causes you to retain water. relax! sounds like you did fine!
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Old 03-28-2013, 06:35 PM   #15
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The last time I went to an Olive Garden, they were able to give me a listing of all the nutritional info. I bet I had the same salmon dish you did. (I'd looked it up online beforehand when my friends told me where they were planning to go, but it was nice that the restaurant had something you could look at alongside the menu.)
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Old 03-30-2013, 03:33 PM   #16
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Sounds good to me but when in doubt bring your own dressing, I do I have no shame in my game plus it taste way better!
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