Me: Charcuterie plate for 3 as an appetizer, please.Server (surveying the table) And how many plates should I bring?Me: None. I’ll just eat it off the cutting board.
I'm not even so sure that people WANT to know how good or bad something is for them when they are out to eat. Would it be possible to have two types of menus to offer, one for the "conciously eating well" and another for the "choosing not to know" consumers?
So that’s my question. How do we still treat ourselves AND stay true to our nutrition goals when we go out for dinner with friends or family, on dates or by ourselves? Would caloric counts or basic nutritional information sway even a Nutritionista who likes her treats, such as I am, or are we bound by our own willpower to make the right choices regardless of whether or not that information is provided for us?
Even then, choosing to have a salad at a fast food joint (iceberg lettuce, ranch dressing, one tomato) rarely proves to be the healthier choice, the same goes for opting for a whole wheat muffin at a coffee shop (which often has more calories and fat than a donut!).
And then, what about people who eat out every day? What about those people who have a McMuffin and “orange juice” for breakfast, then hit a café for a latte, then have lunch out with coworkers (sit down or take out), then another latte, then grab takeout on the way home? Would they change their minds if the calorie count was right in front of them?
I got a little reflective about this whole topic, and wonder if these attempts at "making it easier" for consumers to make healthy choices is just catering to people being too lazy to learn proper nutriton or make their own food, or are they a viable way of helping busy people who don't have time to wade through the often and time-consuming process of learning about real food?
Are these attempts encouraging people to learn more about what they put in their bodies, or just becoming a crutch to lean on and if it is not present they will make poor nutritional decisions?
And serving size! Don’t even get me started…..okay, get me stared. A friend of mine was telling me about a billboard he saw in the U.S. that showed a two 50oz (yes, FIFTY OUNCE) bottles of coke advertised as “enough for your meal”:
Enough for who's meal? How many people? Why would someone even need ONE 50oz bottle of coke for anything?
I just got wind of the new "trenta" size at Starbucks.....31 glorious ounces of coffee? Phew, I was getting tired of bringing my Big Gulp cup there every morning to get my fix.
Arrrrgh! This is a whole other blog topic!
I'm interested to know what other people think. I know there are tons of studies in the U.S. about how calorie count on menus does not change people's decisions about what they order, but what about you reading this? What do you think?
Oh, sorry, gotta run. My Loco Moco's are ready.