Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Subway Just Got a Little Sweeter

... or unsweetened as the case may be.

I saw a story on NY1 this morning and I have to admit, I am in full support of this!

Not only does it make for more interesting reading on the subway for me (like the poster with a list of calories in certain beverages; I just know I am going to end up memorizing that list during my daily commute), but because it's totally true! New Yorkers, generally speaking, do not have the healthiest diet.

In fact, just the other day I was chatting with a girlfriend who commented how it would be easier to lose weight in New York because you have to walk everywhere (hell, with all the stairs in this city it's like New York has a built-in StairMaster). While this is also a case of 'grass is greener' (I would totally love to live in FL where she is and be surrounded by warm weather and beach bodies constantly!) I've also noticed how unhealthy the food choices are in New York.

We eat on the run, we buy a slice for 99c, and don't even get me started on the inexpensiveness and convenience of street meat vendors (I have never eaten street meat nor do I intend to, but damn their stuff smells good sometimes!).

I liken this to chain restaurants and bigger food companies that are now required to list calories next to their menu items. Horrifying? Sometimes. But helpful? You better believe it!

Now when I do go out to eat the numbers I'm scanning are calories, not prices. And I'm loving it.


  1. I could not agree more! I once got a turkey sandwich from a chain I was unfamiliar with - I think it was called Schlotsky's?

    Anyway, I ordered the original toasted sandwich, ate the whole thing, and THEN looked up the points - um, it was almost 800 calories!

    Looks like you are doing a great job - keep up the good work!

  2. The last time I was in NYC was 1991. My hubby and I went for a convention I was attending. We were so shocked at the prices in restaurants and didn't bring enough money that we ate lunch every day on the street--usually I had a giant pretzel for a dollar so we could afford dinner! lol

    I've often thought about all the walking involved in living in the city, but I've also wondered where are the grocery stores, how do people afford to eat there?

    I would love to go visit the great city again some day. My son would love it.

  3. biz319 - isn't it scary how many calories some things have? Just when you think you've become a pro at 'eyeballing' calories, a 800 calorie sandwich comes along and slaps you in the face :) I've been there & done that too!

    Jo - You're absolutely right, the restaurants here are expensive! I don't blame people for going for cost over healthy - hell, I used to, and I guess that's how I wound up on this journey lol.
    A friend was saying Lean Cusine where she is is only $2-3; here it's $5-6. Ouch!


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