Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Time to get unwrapped
She sent it to me last week saying I could use it on my blog, so it immediately got me thinking about Mexican food.
While there’s not much I won’t eat (obviously), Mexican ranks among my true loves.
So, I refuse to completely give it up. By making smarter choices, I don’t have to.
I was telling my husband I really want to go with co-workers when they go to a nearby authentic Mexican restaurant, but I’ve been hesitant in these early weeks of weight loss.
Just get the fajitas, he said. I know to skip the obvious things like cheese and sour cream.
“Don’t eat the wraps,” he said.
Really? How bad can a tortilla wrap be for you?
Take the wraps at Qdoba alone. (If you don’t have a Qdoba, just assume that any Mexican restaurant’s wraps are about the same.)
Just the wrap: 330 calories! I was stunned.
So now when I go there, I get the “naked” burrito (no wrap). Still yummy.
I’m almost embarrassed to admit what I was eating at Taco Bell, but here goes.
You know that $5 Volcano Box that Taco Bell uses fatty Charles Barkley to advertise? Yeah, that one.
Hey, I told you I’ve eaten like a grown man my whole life.
Anyway, it breaks down to this:
Volcano Taco: 240 calories
Volcano Burrito: 800 calories
Crunchy Taco: 170 calories
Cinnamon Twists: 170 calories
Total: 1,380 calories!
I was eating almost a day’s worth of calories at lunch alone! Luckily, I drink diet colas, but add a regular soft drink to that meal, and it’s 1,500 calories or so! Yikes.
Now, when I have a craving for Taco Bell, I get this:
2 Fresco Tacos: 300 calories
Rice: 130 calories
Total: 430 calories
I actually prefer the Fresco Tacos with the fresh-style salsa anyway.
So, that’s that. I’ve walked 1.8 miles, done a lesson on tacos, and I’m off to start my Wednesday.
Take that, Charles Barkley.