I don't eat out often, but I just ignore the whole subject of oils when I do, what about you? It seems to me that people with serious health issues would be wise to be completely strict, and while I don't have cancer, I do suffer from migraines and assorted bouts of anxiety, depression, etc. associated with ptsd... http://www.pvnutritionaltherapy.com/the-one-question-you-should-ask-every-waiter/
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I don't eat french fries or anything obviously and normally fried. I avoid things where oils are likely to be major components.
But hey, I am eating out, I am not going to stress my head over what I don't know. If its not obvious and I can't reasonably know without heavy interrogations and torture implements, I just say a prayer and chow down.
What IS amazing is where oils are unexpected. One of the best mediterranean/lebanese restaurants in my area surely used olive oils right? Well after months of watching my weight balloon by 3-4 pounds (by the same night) each time I ate 1lb of food there, no matter how little I ate, including chowing down on sauted vegetable dishes, I asked the owner - turns out he uses canola. My friend noticed the same problem as well.
I don't eat out much anymore since eating paleo. When I do go out to eat I don't worry about it much, but I try to order something that is paleo-ish and has the appearance of not needing seed oils when cooked, such as a grilled meat or seafood.
Yep, I eat them. I don't make special requests either, because I've chosen to eat out. If I wanted to dictate all my dietary preferences, I'd cook for myself! I've got no allergies or significant sensitivities to speak of so there's really no reason to dictate what amount to my pseudo-scientific whims to the cook.
And of course, the addage - the dose makes the poison - still applies. A single meal with less than ideal oils isn't a burden on one's health. Regular consumption might be.
I generally try to avoid eating out; if its an occasional social gathering, I just use it as an opportunity for Intermittent fasting.
However, if I'm travelling and am not in a position to cook for myself, I always ask for everything to be cooked in butter. Also, I chose the simplest dishes and ask for no sauce and just a pat of butter. Go for boiled/poached eggs for breakfast, and just smear butter on top - they have plenty of it lying around next to the bread basket. I actually use these opportunities to eat very simply; when I cook for myself I tend to make elaborate stews and curries, while if I'm travelling, I go for super-simple dishes.
On a side note, I also claim to be allergic to all grains and intolerant of sugar. Little white lie wont kill no-one.
I don't eat out much anymore--other than the occasional sushi. But, when I do I don't give the oils too much thought other than to avoid deep fried foods like wildwabbit mentioned. And, the same is true when I am at someone else's house.
I think socializing with friends and family is just as important as diet and since I don't have any health issues that are likely to be exacerbated by industrial oils once every month or two, I don't give it much thought. I do try to always make sure to avoid gluten and I look for the best possible choices on the menu, but I don't stress about the details. If my health was compromised I would probably be more stringent.
I try to minimize it (but not necessarily avoid entirely) by limiting deep fried stuff and such, but I occasionally will ignore it completely and have a lot of hot wings or sweet potatoe fries or corn chips or whatever. I figure once or twice a month is nothing compared to forty years of having it every meal.
I do try to avoid it fairly strictly at home so that I don't have to worry about it so much at restaurants or special occasions. In general I eat pretty low-reward at home, but I'm not going to a restaurant just to eat the same things I eat at home. I go to a restaurant not just to feed but to enjoy myself. I feed at home.
Well, there's always an option of carrying one of proper oils with yourself and asking waiter to use it in cooking instead of their oil. I did it few times with no problems, although I understand that some people might have problem with it because of some social uncomfortability.
Also I think that doner kebabs are good option, especially if you're hungry and doesn't have access to paleo food, since they are being made without oils. Just remove the tortilla if you wanted to be also gluten free.
i prefer to eat at home, but on occasion go out for sashimi.
a friend took me out for lunch last week at a mexican restaurant and we requested the waiter make suggestions that would be gluten free, no seed oil and peanut free. he asked for a moment and returned with the chef who made a few modifications and the meal was fabulous.
It's a really wide spread issue, just about every restaurant will use vegetable oils because they're cheaper than anything else, and hell, they think they're actually doing the right thing because most people think polyunsaturated oils are good for you.
Like others I don't eat out as often since going paleo, I prefer my own home made cooking, cooked in saturated fats :) and when I do I simply take some comfort in that I'm only exposed to oxidized vegetable oils about once a week - not several times daily like a lot of folk are.