I’m just saying…

by Jenn (eating bender) on June 30, 2008

I found this link to “10 Ways to cut 100 calories” on the MSNBC site, and I just gotta say…


Tip #9: Dinner – Ask for the bread basket to be removed from the table.

Now I’ve heard that tip before and really, I’m all for avoiding the butter-laden, fried, etc. restaurant foods in favor of the healthier options, but if you ask me, the BEST PART about going out to eat is the moment when that basket lands within reaching distance! Who’s with me?! :mrgreen:

I’m just saying…

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 VeggieGirl June 30, 2008 at 5:25 pm

I’m 100% with you, Jenn – it’s hilarious how they make all these tips (especially the anti-carb) ones, yet there’s still an obesity epidemic in this country. If people would just learn to ENJOY food and eat to live (not live to eat), then we wouldn’t need the stupid “no bread basket” rule. Sheesh! Okay, I’m done, haha :0)


2 ChocolateCoveredVegan June 30, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Life’s short– eat as much bread (and chocolate too, for that matter) as ya can get!


3 thattallgirl June 30, 2008 at 7:48 pm

or you could say, “just one piece of bread for me” unlike the possible normal two πŸ˜‰


4 Kristie June 30, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Agreed. Don’t be taking away my bread basket thank you very much!


5 Caroline June 30, 2008 at 11:12 pm

Totally with you–I definitely use going out to eat as an excuse to eat lots of good quality bread. The stuff they sell in the bread aisle just doesn’t compare to the stuff they bake fresh–why deprive myself of life’s simple pleasure?


6 Romina June 30, 2008 at 11:49 pm

I TOTALLY agree. Growing up I learned that it is rude to not have bread on the table, no matter what you were eating. And I mean, come on, if you’re looking to lose weight and can’t control yourself with the bread basket, what hope do you have??


7 Alicia July 1, 2008 at 4:23 am

I’m with you as well. I’ve tasted some of the best bread from restaurants so there is no way I would pass on warm, good looking bread. I won’t eat it if it looks generic and cold unless I happen to be starving.


8 lindzakins921 July 1, 2008 at 4:46 am

LOL i have never asked to withhold the bread basket – these ppl are crazy πŸ˜‰


9 annaalstondonnelly July 1, 2008 at 11:16 am

Bravo! There is nothing better than eating bread when you are out to dinner. Bring it on the carbs. Honestly, this low carb thing has gotten ridiculous. I know women who will only eat fruit 2x a week because of the “sugar content” yet will eat all the chicken or beef they want.


10 Julz July 1, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Jenn, you are so adorable! And it’s so true!!! The second the bread basket comes, your heart begins to race and up until that point you feel like a kid waiting for the plain to land for Disney World :) You really are so cute AND clever too!


11 Jenn July 1, 2008 at 12:36 pm

To all ~ It’s so encouraging to hear this feedback from all of you. Thank you so much for your input – I will post articles like this in the future to get discussions going!


12 Dave July 1, 2008 at 1:52 pm

But…it works! Really! Let’s say I want to drop a few pounds, so I go out to a restaurant and they bring out a basket of mouth-watering freshly-baked bread, all crispy outside and tendersteamy inside, and the smell is just making everyone crazy to OM NOM NOM the delicious bread. Then I ask to have the bread taken away. Instantly, I am dragged out of the restaurant by my irate dining companions, who administer a sound beating and dump me in the alley before returning to eat bread and place their orders. There’s no way I can help but lose weight since I’ll be unconscious in the alley rather than eating. Thumbs up to MSNBC!


13 Jenn July 2, 2008 at 6:30 am

Dave ~ Haha, your comment made me laugh. It’s very insightful and definitely true :)


14 blueberryhil July 10, 2008 at 2:55 pm

Heh…I’m late to this discussion, but I think that the tip is intended for people who end up mindlessly eating half the bread basket on top of whatever dinner they eat. I think most people don’t really “count” bread as part of their meal, so they don’t adjust the rest of their intake accordingly. Cutting out one thing cuts back on calories, and bread is an easy one to get rid of. I just think most restaurant bread is no good. If I can tell it’s fresh baked, I’ll have a piece, but sometimes its more temptation than it’s worth to have a big basket of mediocre bread sitting next to me while my grumbling stomach demands to know why my food is taking so long. :-)

But by all means, bring on more articles!


15 tixrus October 6, 2008 at 10:15 am

I eat the bread at restaurants bcuz we don’t eat much bread @ home.


16 Dave February 12, 2009 at 11:17 pm

ME!! I’m with you Jenn. . . Let’s storm the ramparts of the no-bread b#$*ards!!!


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