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Eating Healthy at a Deli. It sounds like an oxymoron, but it isn’t. Eating healthy is always about what we choose to eat.

If you choose to eat the the monster Ruben, which has corned beef with swiss cheese and some Russian dressing on good rye bread, then have a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup, a pickle, then wash it down with a soda, you may be consuming too many calories.

The Rueben will have by itself 850-1050 calories, the bowl of soup will have around 200 calories give or take what type of noodles are used, a 12 ounce can of soda typically has 140 calories, and if you get that bag of chips as well then your adding around 480 depending on the size of the bag. This is a grand total of 1870 calories just for lunch.

Some people say the average man should use anywhere from 2000-2400, and an average women needs 1800-2000. So you trip to the Deli satisfied your caloric intake for the day if you’re normal.

If you run, swim, or exercise then you can add to that number, but then you have to get into the where the calories are coming from, nutritional value, and so forth, and again you will be disappointed to learn your deli food is sub par at best.

I am here to encourage you however. If you choose to drink water, eat sandwiches without the dressing, sorry no Rubens, leave off the chips for only soup, you can cut your caloric intake to a minimum. Another way to enjoy the deli is to walk to there from your house, then walk in the park afterward, or take your sweetheart on a nice romantic stroll.

I do not believe we can say Deli’s food is evil, what I think we should say is, our lifestyles have become much more inactive since the begining of deli fare. Before the people who ate at deli’s worked hard, or walked everywhere. I remember going into a deli in Chicago and seeing all these construction workers, smoking, drinking cans (sometimes two) of coke, and all were fit as a fiddle.

It wasn’t what they put into the engine, it was how they used the engine. Everyone of them probably now has died from lung cancer, but they worked off the excess calories and weren’t too ill disposed from eating at the Deli.

I’m not advocating eating deli food and thinking it’s ok, because it is a high sodium, high sugar content diet, which isn’t the healthiest choice. What I am saying is if you work off what you eat, it is ok sometimes.

Lets face it, if we don’t eat at the corner deli, they may not be around for long. Would you want your son or daughter, or grandson or granddaughter, not to be able to experience a true hoagie sandwich, or a Ruben, or a good bowl of piping hot chicken matzo ball soup?

If we don’t support the Deli it could be gone, all gone, then we would all be sad, and writing articles about how we remember the days. I think we all know what we need to do, and that is, get out to your deli and enjoy some real food!