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Mall Bourbon Chicken?


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Hi! I'm going to the mall tomorrow, and every time I go I eat that Bourbon chicken from the Cajun & Grill. I know there are better options at the food court, such as Subway, but since I don't go to the mall very often, I usually can't stop myself from eating the bourbon chicken. It's just about my favorite thing in the world, and I eat it about every 4 or 5 months- I get the chicken with a side of brown fried rice. I NEVER finish the whole thing, I get through half of it then throw it away.

I've been trying to find out at least an estimate of the nutrition- I understand it's probably terrible for you and loaded with fat and sodium- but if I ate veggies and drank TONS of water throughout the rest of the day, do you think I could still stay under my limit of 1,700 for the day?

Does anyone know the nutrition for their bourbon chicken with fried rice? Any estimate would help a bunch! Thanks! Smile

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I don't, but on occasion it's okay to put calorie counting aside.

Do you have to eat at the mall? what about eating beforehand? However, if this is a special treat only on occasion, who cares.

I adore bourbon chicken from the mall too!!!  I don't get to eat it often either.  I just drink extra water and pick up the pace and spend a little more time walking around the mall.  Its no bigge to go over once in awhile especially for a fantastic treat!!

Mmm!  I love the mall's bourbon chicken too.  I actually googled until I found a reasonable looking bourbon chicken recipe, toyed and tweaked it and then started making it myself in my crock pot.  Not exactly the same, but it still tasted great.  I have it written down at home, but all it has is soy sauce, jack daniels, a hint of brown sugar and... water?  I can't recall but mmm. Enjoy! haha

The chicken may sound good and it may taste good going down, but how are you going to feel after you're done eating it, knowing that you used so many of your calories from your calorie allowance on it? Diets are about lifestyle changes, in my opinion, not just cutting the calories. You have to learn to enjoy healthier options. Think about this: for probably less than half of that meal, you can have a small turkey sub from Subway with a big bowl of veggie soup and you'll be more full for longer.. and you'll feel better about it afterwards.
Original Post by katesorad:

The chicken may sound good and it may taste good going down, but how are you going to feel after you're done eating it, knowing that you used so many of your calories from your calorie allowance on it? Diets are about lifestyle changes, in my opinion, not just cutting the calories. You have to learn to enjoy healthier options. Think about this: for probably less than half of that meal, you can have a small turkey sub from Subway with a big bowl of veggie soup and you'll be more full for longer.. and you'll feel better about it afterwards.

Really? You're suggesting that her new "lifestyle" never include the occasional splurge on things she wouldn't normally eat? She has obviously learned how to make the rest of her day healthier to accomodate for something less than healthy (lots of veggies and water throughout the day). I'd say that she HAS made a lifestyle change.

Once every 4-5 months is moderation and THAT is key. I'm sure she'll enjoy it much more than three pieces of rubbery turkey on stale bread and days-old soup.

I guess we're all different and go about healthy eating in different ways. So, OP, I hope you enjoy your bourbon chicken!

Original Post by bierorama:

Original Post by katesorad:

The chicken may sound good and it may taste good going down, but how are you going to feel after you're done eating it, knowing that you used so many of your calories from your calorie allowance on it? Diets are about lifestyle changes, in my opinion, not just cutting the calories. You have to learn to enjoy healthier options. Think about this: for probably less than half of that meal, you can have a small turkey sub from Subway with a big bowl of veggie soup and you'll be more full for longer.. and you'll feel better about it afterwards.

Really? You're suggesting that her new "lifestyle" never include the occasional splurge on things she wouldn't normally eat? She has obviously learned how to make the rest of her day healthier to accomodate for something less than healthy (lots of veggies and water throughout the day). I'd say that she HAS made a lifestyle change.

Once every 4-5 months is moderation and THAT is key. I'm sure she'll enjoy it much more than three pieces of rubbery turkey on stale bread and days-old soup.

I guess we're all different and go about healthy eating in different ways. So, OP, I hope you enjoy your bourbon chicken!

^ Agreed.

Just because someone is counting calories and attempting to get fit, lose weight, whatever their cause, does not mean they should not be permitted to splurge once in awhile.  Eating bourbon chicken on a daily basis would not be a very healthy motive, but in moderation?  That's not affecting a lifestyle choice to lose weight, in my mind. Having the ability to count calories and improve upon one's health already is a lifestyle change.  Why then should a brief splurge be frowned upon? 

People's bodies just all work differently.  I had fried food for the first time in a very long time and I got sick - my body rejected it because it was not used to eating it and did not appreciate what I was eating.  Does not mean I don't want it now and then - if I could, I would.  I still indulge on occasion in other splendors that my tastebuds enjoy. 

But everyone feels differently about their own weight loss endeavors/journeys.  Some people refuse to splurge, some people enjoy it, some people overdo it.  -shrug-  Moderation is key - in my opinion.

OP: I found this online, unsure of the accuracy but...for your reference.   I'd go, enjoy the little splurge and smile.  haha.

Bourbon Chicken From Cajun Cafe (Cajun Cafe Bourbon Chicken) Serving Size: 214 gr (8 oz), Calories: 421, Fat: 17.5g, Carbs: 31.7g, Protein: 20.3g

why does it matter? its one flippin day and u dont need to be eating 1700 cals a day because ur already at a low weight and ur a teen AND ur growing

I personally find that when I splurge a bit, I feel triggered to eat more of the bad things.  Why is it so wrong that I'm suggesting that she stay away from the bourbon chicken for the time being to get used to enjoy healthier choices?

I'm not saying to restrict or anything like that!  I'm just saying.. it's not as easy as a lot of people seem to think it is to splurge and eat triggering foods.

*Edit* I forgot to put this in- I personally am learning to enjoy healthier things and when I splurge, I'm splurging on something that's healthy, yet higher in calorie.  Like a fruit smoothie! 

Thanks for the answers guys! This is definitely a once in a blue moon thing, so, I'll be splurging a bit :) I'll feel a little bad, but, what is life if you can't enjoy it someimes?

Katesorad- I understand what you're saying about how it's hard to get back on track in the same day, but I may not even want to eat anything that unhealthy today anyway- last time I had McDonald's (I fit it into my regime) I could only eat 1/4 of what I used to be able to, and right after I wanted fruit! And same with soda and water! I want water instead of soda now! I used to drink a good 4 or 5 cups of Pepsi a day, and I'd constantly crave it. Even at restaurants, I order water!

Sorry about the rant.. but I appreciate everyone's answers and advice!

xfruitbat- Thank you for the estimate... according to the recipe there I'm probably consuming around an extra 700 cals in one meal... yikes :/

Have a good day all and good luck in your journey to a healthier lifestyle!

 

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