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(NPR)   Welcome to Sizzler, it's a pleasure to serve you. The buffet is right over there. Oh, what's this? Your Gastric Bypass Discount Card? Very good, sir, you can park your mobility scooter right there on the right   (npr.org) divider line 270
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2012-10-10 09:30:13 AM
This article is further proof that the once noble American Experiment has failed, and serves as a reminder that I need to get my Canadian citizenship documents in order.
 
2012-10-10 09:33:47 AM
Sizzler? What is this, 1987?
 
2012-10-10 09:45:06 AM
That's like giving an alcoholic free drinks in exchange for their AA medallions. Which a bar in here in Minneapolis did back in the day, they had a wall full of them.
 
2012-10-10 09:53:18 AM
Discount cards? News to me, and the distaffbopper had that surgery.
 
2012-10-10 10:07:16 AM
So you have to have a note from your doctor to get a meal with a reasonable portion size?
 
2012-10-10 10:19:41 AM
So you need doctors' orders and a special card issued so you can somehow manage not to gorge, or be charged for only a normal amount of food instead of the restaurants standard order, which is 2 to 5 times enough calories. I have a unique and revolutionary proposal: You don't order as much food, or you don't eat everything they bring you and instead stop when you are supposed to.

Buy my book and I'm running for office, this amazing new personal responsibility will sweep the nation.
 
2012-10-10 10:49:51 AM

vernonFL: Sizzler? What is this, 1987?


I wish. Classic Sizzler's Bloat.

Better than anything Golden Corral has these days.
 
2012-10-10 10:49:56 AM

mysticcat: So you have to have a note from your doctor to get a meal with a reasonable portion size?


Yes, sadly. At some restaurants. I realize that I'm leaving myself open for all sorts of abuse, but I've had RNY gastric bypass (and I don't regret it one bit -- 100 pounds lighter and a marathon runner these days. There's more to the story, but that's the quick version.).

Applebees does have a Weight Watchers menu with reasonable sizes, but what I usually do is just order what I actually want to eat, eat about 1/3, and my naturally skinny husband does his best to take up my slack.

I could get a card from my doc, but I don't eat out that often. And kids' menu items are usually horribly unhealthy anyway, so I don't see the point in using a card to order kid food.
 
2012-10-10 11:07:43 AM
If you're eating at the Golden Corral buffet, I'm pretty sure you haven't actually addressed the issues that made you fat in the first place.
 
2012-10-10 11:37:50 AM

Sybarite: If you're eating at the Golden Corral buffet, I'm pretty sure you haven't actually addressed the issues that made you fat in the first place.


Not necessarily. Here is their everyday menu:

Everyday Menu Items
Assorted Steamed Vegetables
Awesome Pot Roast
Baked Potatoes
Banana Pudding
Bourbon Street Chicken
Broccoli
Cabbage

Carrot Cake
Carrots
Cauliflower

Chocolate Cake w/ Chocolate Frosting
Clam Chowder
Coleslaw
Corn
Fresh fruit

Fried Chicken
Fudgy Brownies
Green Beans
Greens
Grilled-to-order USDA Sirloin Steaks (*dinner only)

Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni Salad
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Meatloaf
No Sugar Added Chocolate Pudding
Pizza
Potato Salad
Rotisserie Chicken
Seafood Salad
Soft Serve Ice Cream
Spaghetti
Sugar Free Red Gelatin
Sweet Potatoes
Timberline Chili
Yeast Rolls
50+ Toppings on our Fresh Cold Salad Bar


I bolded everything that is pretty much unequivocally healthy food, and yes that includes grilled red meat. You could eat "Lean and Green" at a Golden Corral quite easily. 

/Gave half-credit for the fresh cold salad bar, as some of it probably is good, and some bad.
 
2012-10-10 11:51:23 AM
I've never heard of this. My mom hasn't, either. She usually just gets a small cup of soup for dinner when we go out.
 
2012-10-10 11:59:47 AM

dittybopper: Sybarite: If you're eating at the Golden Corral buffet, I'm pretty sure you haven't actually addressed the issues that made you fat in the first place.

Not necessarily. Here is their everyday menu:


I think by "issues," Sybarite means things like incest and emotional abuse, not poor eating habits. If you're eating at Golden Corral, there's a pretty good chance there's some deep wound within you that you're trying to cover with their chocolate fountain of shame (and assorted beard hairs).
 
2012-10-10 12:39:45 PM
FTFA:
These cards aren't a new phenomenon - they've been around in the U.S. at least since the 1990s,

Damn you, Fartbama!!
 
2012-10-10 12:42:38 PM
Headline can't be accurate.

*clicks*

F***. Really?
 
2012-10-10 12:42:44 PM
dittybopper:

Corn


I bolded everything that is pretty much unequivocally healthy food, and yes that includes grilled red meat. You could eat "Lean and Green" at a Golden Corral quite easily.


Ummmmmmm no.
 
2012-10-10 12:43:02 PM

Sybarite: If you're eating at the Golden Corral buffet, I'm pretty sure you haven't actually addressed the issues that made you fat in the first place.


HEY!

balanceoffood.typepad.com
 
2012-10-10 12:43:03 PM
Where is my discount for being healthfully thin and not eating nearly as much as the fatass at the next table over?
 
2012-10-10 12:45:25 PM
24.media.tumblr.com

"We Goin' To Sizzler! We Goin' To Sizzler!"
 
2012-10-10 12:47:10 PM
I prefer to go to pre-chewed Charlie's.
 
2012-10-10 12:47:23 PM
Gravy pipe? Deep fried whole pumpkins?
 
2012-10-10 12:47:37 PM
4.bp.blogspot.com

"It's wafer-thin, monsieur."
 
2012-10-10 12:48:07 PM
Where is my discount for being rail thin and usually only able to finish half a regular restaurant portion?
 
2012-10-10 12:48:36 PM
Yeah...no. I'd rather eat at home or have some sushi.

/Lap-Band
//hit 75 lbs lost in 18 months 9/15
///on my second round of Insanity with Hip Hop Abs
////doing my first 5k next month
 
2012-10-10 12:49:00 PM
Sort of like all-you-can't-eat.
 
2012-10-10 12:49:51 PM

dittybopper:
Sweet Potatoes
Timberline Chili
Yeast Rolls
50+ Toppings on our Fresh Cold Salad Bar



I think the yeast rolls are on their customers, not on the menu.
 
2012-10-10 12:50:04 PM
As a person who has a gastric bypass, this is an interesting article.

The closest restaurant to my house is a Golden Corral, and my family and I used to eat there about once a month or so. I haven't gone since my bypass earlier this year, I saw no point in paying $11 or so for "all you can eat" when all I can eat is about 5-6 ounces of anything.

Literally.

If I eat more than that (it's happened twice), I double over in pain.

I've dropped 65 pounds in 4 months post-op, and I'll probably lose another 40 or so before I level off.
 
2012-10-10 12:50:59 PM

Hagbardr: Where is my discount for being rail thin and usually only able to finish half a regular restaurant portion?


They don't give out to discount cards to anorexic people.

/yeah, sure you have a high metabolism
 
2012-10-10 12:51:34 PM
I absolutely love how all the gastric bypass surgery does forcefully encourage people to eat less. And it's incredibly effective.

You can get the same benefit, for free, by simply eating the same amount you'd eat if you'd had the surgery.

But no, no, it's a medical condition and I've tried every diet and nothing works! Unless you cut out my stomach so I can't eat and am forced to follow a diet - then everything works great!
 
2012-10-10 12:53:31 PM
Never used it but my doctor gave me one when I had my surgery in 2002.

If I used it, it was supposed to have me get charged as a kid or senior as opposed to the full adult price. Like I said never used it.

/10 years in
//still within +/- 10lbs of my goal weight
///200lbs gone
 
2012-10-10 12:54:05 PM
Sick a fork in yourself, America, you're done!
 
2012-10-10 12:54:11 PM

Hebalo: dittybopper:

Corn

I bolded everything that is pretty much unequivocally healthy food, and yes that includes grilled red meat. You could eat "Lean and Green" at a Golden Corral quite easily.


Ummmmmmm no.


Well, corn is iffy, to be sure, but in moderate amounts it's healthy enough.
 
2012-10-10 12:56:08 PM
the fark?
 
2012-10-10 12:56:39 PM

dittybopper: Sybarite: If you're eating at the Golden Corral buffet, I'm pretty sure you haven't actually addressed the issues that made you fat in the first place.

Not necessarily. Here is their everyday menu:

Everyday Menu Items
Assorted Steamed Vegetables
Awesome Pot Roast
Baked Potatoes
Banana Pudding
Bourbon Street Chicken
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrot Cake
Carrots
Cauliflower
Chocolate Cake w/ Chocolate Frosting
Clam Chowder
Coleslaw
Corn
Fresh fruit
Fried Chicken
Fudgy Brownies
Green Beans
Greens
Grilled-to-order USDA Sirloin Steaks (*dinner only)
Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni Salad
Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
Meatloaf
No Sugar Added Chocolate Pudding
Pizza
Potato Salad
Rotisserie Chicken
Seafood Salad
Soft Serve Ice Cream
Spaghetti
Sugar Free Red Gelatin
Sweet Potatoes
Timberline Chili
Yeast Rolls
50+ Toppings on our Fresh Cold Salad Bar

I bolded everything that is pretty much unequivocally healthy food, and yes that includes grilled red meat. You could eat "Lean and Green" at a Golden Corral quite easily. 

/Gave half-credit for the fresh cold salad bar, as some of it probably is good, and some bad.


Well the veggies depend as a lot on how they are prepared, but rotisserie chicken is pretty horrifying. Unless you're doing the low carb thing, and then there is still some debate about how the chicken was raised.
 
2012-10-10 12:57:47 PM

sigdiamond2000: dittybopper: Sybarite: If you're eating at the Golden Corral buffet, I'm pretty sure you haven't actually addressed the issues that made you fat in the first place.

Not necessarily. Here is their everyday menu:

I think by "issues," Sybarite means things like incest and emotional abuse, not poor eating habits. If you're eating at Golden Corral, there's a pretty good chance there's some deep wound within you that you're trying to cover with their chocolate fountain of shame (and assorted beard hairs).


Not everyone who is overweight has "issues" like that. In fact, given the widespread, cheap availability of calorie dense foods, I'd say the opposite is true: While it may have been that 30 years ago many of the obese were self-medicating with food, today it's quite likely that the majority of people who are obese are that way because it's easy for them to be obese.
 
2012-10-10 12:58:03 PM

Mark Ratner: Hagbardr: Where is my discount for being rail thin and usually only able to finish half a regular restaurant portion?

They don't give out to discount cards to anorexic people.

/yeah, sure you have a high metabolism


You sound fat.

/yeah I called you fat, look at me I'm skinny
 
2012-10-10 12:58:58 PM

big pig peaches: Well the veggies depend as a lot on how they are prepared, but rotisserie chicken is pretty horrifying. Unless you're doing the low carb thing, and then there is still some debate about how the chicken was raised.


Rotisserie chicken isn't that bad. It's just roasted. It's *FRIED* chicken that will kill you.
 
2012-10-10 01:00:02 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: I absolutely love how all the gastric bypass surgery does forcefully encourage people to eat less. And it's incredibly effective.

You can get the same benefit, for free, by simply eating the same amount you'd eat if you'd had the surgery.

But no, no, it's a medical condition and I've tried every diet and nothing works! Unless you cut out my stomach so I can't eat and am forced to follow a diet - then everything works great!



I'm not saying the individual is blameless in all of this, but nutritional education in North America is farking brutal. For decades, the concept that refined flours are good for us was drilled in, that low calories are all that count, that eating fat is bad, that fruit juice is healthy.

We're seeing the effects of that now. HFCS was king for a good long stretch, and it's showing. Diabetes is on the rise, obesity is everywhere.

It's easy to say "stop eating things that are bad for you", but when the majority of the country is overweight to obese, it's clearly not working.


All three of these things are driven by the brain, hard to combat, but only one is considered 'acceptable'
"Hey exhausted guy, quit falling asleep"
"Hey Alcoholic, quit drinking, you lush".
"Hey Obese guy, quit eating so much".
 
2012-10-10 01:00:18 PM
When did the bar get lowered this much?
 
2012-10-10 01:01:18 PM
Oh, and there is this thing called a doggie-bag. Personally I like having a day our two worth of leftovers. Makes the restaurants' prices almost worth it.
 
2012-10-10 01:05:59 PM

vernonFL: Sizzler? What is this, 1987?


So, House of Pancakes instead?
 
2012-10-10 01:07:36 PM

carrion_luggage: Sort of like all-you-can't-eat.


Yes. Because too many Americans took a Challenge Accepted attitude to that, and it hurts the restaurants' bottom lines.

"You here FOUR HOUR!! Why you here four hour?! You scare my wife!! You reave now! You go!!"
 
2012-10-10 01:08:45 PM

Fark_Guy_Rob: I absolutely love how all the gastric bypass surgery does forcefully encourage people to eat less. And it's incredibly effective.

You can get the same benefit, for free, by simply eating the same amount you'd eat if you'd had the surgery.

But no, no, it's a medical condition and I've tried every diet and nothing works! Unless you cut out my stomach so I can't eat and am forced to follow a diet - then everything works great!


For all the advertising about how Alli helps you lose weight by blocking the absorption of some calories, the main mechanism is training people to eat less fat because those unabsorbed fats generate mild-Olestra symptoms. In the end, the answer is always teaching people to eat differently, it's just about how extreme a mechanism they need.
 
2012-10-10 01:09:38 PM
I have a csb. Back in my teen years I worked at the local Golden Corral. Some lady wanted to pay the children's price because she had had the gastric bypass and couldn't eat as much as a normal adult. She had a doctor's note and everything. I told her no, but would get my manager to speak to her. She vowed to never enter that restaurant again.
 
2012-10-10 01:10:21 PM

NowhereMon: That's like giving an alcoholic free drinks in exchange for their AA medallions. Which a bar in here in Minneapolis did back in the day, they had a wall full of them.



Wow...

That's some evil shiat... like "if Satan ran a bar" evil. I see Al Pacino pouring glowing amber shots in glistening glasses and chewing up the scenery shouting "Come on, fellas... I know you're thirsty. Drinks are on me. Don't fear it, master it... or ain't ya got no spine?"
 
2012-10-10 01:10:22 PM
all according to plan

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-10 01:12:12 PM

dittybopper: big pig peaches: Well the veggies depend as a lot on how they are prepared, but rotisserie chicken is pretty horrifying. Unless you're doing the low carb thing, and then there is still some debate about how the chicken was raised.

Rotisserie chicken isn't that bad. It's just roasted. It's *FRIED* chicken that will kill you.


Well, it's not alfredo but compared to a grilled chicken breast, yes it is. If you''re choosing it for health reasons, just have a steak.
 
2012-10-10 01:12:49 PM

Hebalo: Fark_Guy_Rob: I absolutely love how all the gastric bypass surgery does forcefully encourage people to eat less. And it's incredibly effective.

You can get the same benefit, for free, by simply eating the same amount you'd eat if you'd had the surgery.

But no, no, it's a medical condition and I've tried every diet and nothing works! Unless you cut out my stomach so I can't eat and am forced to follow a diet - then everything works great!


I'm not saying the individual is blameless in all of this, but nutritional education in North America is farking brutal. For decades, the concept that refined flours are good for us was drilled in, that low calories are all that count, that eating fat is bad, that fruit juice is healthy.

We're seeing the effects of that now. HFCS was king for a good long stretch, and it's showing. Diabetes is on the rise, obesity is everywhere.

It's easy to say "stop eating things that are bad for you", but when the majority of the country is overweight to obese, it's clearly not working.


All three of these things are driven by the brain, hard to combat, but only one is considered 'acceptable'
"Hey exhausted guy, quit falling asleep"
"Hey Alcoholic, quit drinking, you lush".
"Hey Obese guy, quit eating so much".


My naturally skinny husband can attest to the fact that I tried really farking hard to lose weight for over 10 years. I went to the gym, ran (until back pain put a stop to that), and I did Weight Watchers, low-carb diets, you name it. What I didn't know is that my pancreas has all the power of a 3-wheeled Yugo, and that that, combined with (I'll admit it) a love of carb-y food, meant that my blood sugar was swinging wildly around for 10 years before I found out about it.

My fasting blood sugar was always normal, so no one caught that these swings were happening. I'd eat, blood sugar would spike, then two hours later or so it would plummet and send the "you have to eat NOW" signal. I couldn't figure out why I was always hungry. Once I started the 6-month prep for surgery, my doc ordered an A1C and found out that I was diabetic. Yes, Type II. The kind the fatties get. But the blood sugar swings and insulin resistance actually started when I weighed 130, so that wasn't what kicked it off. But it did contribute to the 100-pound weight gain and the development of Type II diabetes over those 10 years when I was trying desperately to lose weight.

So now I have forced portion control. Yay. It works for me, so I don't give a rat's ass if people think I'm cheating. I'm thin, I'm healthy (no longer required to take Metformin), I'm happy, and I can run most people into the ground. (I run slowly, but I can run forever.)
 
2012-10-10 01:13:10 PM

busy chillin': Mark Ratner: Hagbardr: Where is my discount for being rail thin and usually only able to finish half a regular restaurant portion?

They don't give out to discount cards to anorexic people.

/yeah, sure you have a high metabolism

You sound fat.

/yeah I called you fat, look at me I'm skinny


But has it ever stopped you from getting busy?
 
2012-10-10 01:14:08 PM

Amy78: I have a csb. Back in my teen years I worked at the local Golden Corral. Some lady wanted to pay the children's price because she had had the gastric bypass and couldn't eat as much as a normal adult. She had a doctor's note and everything. I told her no, but would get my manager to speak to her. She vowed to never enter that restaurant again.


If she kept her vow you may saved her life
 
2012-10-10 01:15:48 PM
Is this the thread where I come in and tell the fatties to put down the fork and practice personal responsibility? If so, I love these type of threads!
 
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