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Old 09-18-2016, 06:47 PM   #41
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So instead of looking at pasta as the enemy, embrace it as a vital energy source.
Given the levels of obesity, I'd say getting adequate energy is not a problem...

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Old 09-19-2016, 05:45 AM   #42
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Originally Posted by athena53 View Post
My issue with overloading on food is twofold. First, a particularly colorful Econ 101 professor described the Principle of Diminishing Returns in terms of Izzy Kadetz corned beef sandwiches. (This was U. of Cincinnati.) The first one tastes great. Even the second one tastes pretty good. By the fifth, you're stuffed and don't want anymore. In any meal, the hundredth bite is a lot less satisfying than the first. I stop somewhere between the first and the hundredth!

Second- I think it's very bad to ignore your body when it signals that you've had enough. Sometimes I do, of course- because it's in front of me and it's something I like very much- but I try not to do that too often. When DS was little, there were days when I didn't know how he got through the day on what he ate, but I figured he was smart enough not to starve himself and I never pushed more food on him. Sure enough, he grew into a strong, healthy adult who's never had a weight problem. Overloading at a buffet means ignoring your body's signals.
I grew up in Cincinnati and I loved me some Izzy Kadetz! Also went to UC (class of '75)...All you can Skyline? No diminishing returns there.

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Old 09-19-2016, 06:36 AM   #43
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Yes, we normally order 3 bowls of the salad, that is the main reason I go, the main course is just average. I love the salad
We haven't been to Olive Garden in a long time... but their commercials make me hungry every time. We love the salad too and found the Olive Garden Italian Dressing at Costco (2-pack). Might not be exactly like the restaurant salad but it's really good! We usually just buy a couple kinds of greens and throw in some red onions and croutons. Actually, that's how we got our kids to eat more salad.
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Old 09-20-2016, 04:58 PM   #44
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I did have 3 browsers open on my computer and one browser open on my phone to increase my odds in getting the pass.

This actually isn't as good of a deal as last time I had the pass. They aren't allowing take out orders. Last time I would get take out quite often and let family and friends eat the food.

I probably won't do pasta everyday (meat and salad most days.)

Last time I didn't gain any weight; I predict the same this time.

I'll keep everyone updated!

Thanks for all the replies.
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Old 09-28-2016, 03:00 PM   #45
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As much as I like to go out for a nice dinner, the idea of going to the same place twice a day for weeks on end would make me never want to go there again. Even if it was the healthiest gourmet with chocolate on top and only 100 calories per meal!

After about day 3 I'd be... "ugh- there again?"
You are the only one who gets how that pass works everyone else is hung up on the "unlimited' idea. It was fun last time to see how the system worked for him and now he has had time to think up new strategies

A buffet does not mean you have to overfeed yourself, try just making a reasonable plate of things. One not great restaurant is the only place that serves carrot salad(yes I know the calorie and sugar content on that) Makes it worth a stop(to me) once or twice a year .
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Old 10-03-2016, 12:06 PM   #46
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Olive Garden Unlimited pasta pass

Lunch day 1 under my belt..

The grilled chicken (new this time) was pretty good.

They had whole roasted garlic cloves in alfredo sauce, very good as well.

I got full quick so I didn't eat even half of the pasta.

So far so good

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I "won" a pasta pass this year.

I really tried for the trip to Italy, but didn't get it, so I refreshed the page and clicked on the pass and got it !!

It was a bit surprising as DW's computer showed about a minute quicker than mine on the countdown.

So, soon I'll find out if I like Olive Garden every week or not.

In one way, since I will be taking DW with me, they are going to be making money from us, so maybe it's really clever marketing.

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