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Sushi Addict, anyone else?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 06, 2012 at 9:53 PM

So of all the foods I loved I can't live without sushi (odd growing up a poor Italian American stuffed with delicious homemade pasta all the time). I have heard a lot of mixed reviews on eating the stuff from people saying it is fine to people saying it is terrible. I can live with only eating it once or twice a month. So far I haven't noticed any really problems with the exception of a one-two day stall in weight loss ( I am trying to lose weight as I had gotten up to 350 lbs.) Then again this stall could be because when I do eat sushi, I eat a lot! My girlfriend and I who are both paleo (but fairly new) will usually both get the all you can eat and easily down 30 nigiri each and split about 3 rolls. other than that occasional binge or the maybe once a week screw it I am going to have some mayo or cheese in this one meal we are pretty paleo. Like I said I haven't noticed any real problems with teh sushi personally but are there any reasons I may not know of to keep me from eating it? or do most of you have the same reaction to the occasional vinegared rice that is sushi?

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on April 09, 2012
at 12:50 AM

Christopher -Well, I sort of had a good hookup for the primo sushi stuff, since my ex-boyfriend is a chef! He has been with me to the emergency room for a soy-allergic reaction, so he is pretty helpful with customizing.

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at 11:15 PM

excellent. i know a lot of people really look down on the just letting go every now and then thing. I will also drink every now and then cause hey it's relaxing, fun, and social. That's my view on teh food too, sometimkes it just has to be for me to stay sane.

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at 11:14 PM

thats what I am thinking. I also have kind of the mentality of eh once a month isn't too bad. I am a big big man but I figure a stall every now in then is better than being miserable. Ans of course it is like a 24-48 hour stall at worst. odd though at 325 lbs I am more concerned with my health than my weight if that makes sense

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at 11:12 PM

Same here, I love the rice but that sounds awesome! Minus teh mangos (not a fan personally). Question where do you live? the sushi situation here in Tucson is sad :(

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at 10:53 PM

I don't want to live without the rice (and I don't need to--it agrees with me), BUT--the meal you just described sounds effing awesome! +1! I have 2 or 3 good sushi restaurants in walking distance from my home, and at least one of them is very, very good. I need to develop a relationship with one of the chefs--how did you first get a meal like this? Was it as simple as asking the chef to invent something rice-free?

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at 10:23 PM

I should add, if I was trying to cut a large amount of weight I would not eat the rice. I had a lot of success cutting weight going VLC and only began to add carbs to my diet as I inched closer to my goal or as I needed them to maintain athletic performance. I link my carbs to my activity level.

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at 10:19 PM

Yep, I eat pretty low carb but enjoy eating sushi with some rice from time to time. I actually love sushi, I just dont eat out much. Typically I stick with sashimi but I wont steer clear of a roll because of the rice if I'm feeling frisky.

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at 10:17 PM

I have tried that, the places here are nuts about you getting the rice. It really sucks and I assume it is due to living in the desert and the scarcity of fish. Also man I love the rice, I don't think I could do it without it. I'm not so much trying to avoid stalling as I am trying to do it not often. I find it so interesting how different people react to the rice. It is starting to seem like it s more of a personal reaction than a global one. My Japanese friend can eat all the rice in the world and nothing happens. Luckily it doesn't seem to add weight to me but I do stall a little.

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I want to make sure I got this answer from you right. You don't worry about the rice you worry about the quality of fish? Just want to make sure it is that and not that you avoid the rice. Also thank you for the link

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on April 06, 2012
at 10:17 PM

There are many rice free options....besides sashimi served plain. My favorite chef always make's me a sashimi bowl. It has a wide selection of fish, sliced mangoes, sliced avocado, little lemon slices, cucumber noodles. Then he puts lemon juice, and my brought from home coconut aminos. So So SO GOOD. I also do the green mussel shooters, which are raw quail yolk, chopped mussel, and the sauce from above bowl, served on the half shell. You can live without the rice...the saki is another issue....damn it!

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on April 06, 2012
at 10:53 PM

I don't want to live without the rice (and I don't need to--it agrees with me), BUT--the meal you just described sounds effing awesome! +1! I have 2 or 3 good sushi restaurants in walking distance from my home, and at least one of them is very, very good. I need to develop a relationship with one of the chefs--how did you first get a meal like this? Was it as simple as asking the chef to invent something rice-free?

A905679417ee71c3f9e2d88964b3b1f0

(368)

on April 06, 2012
at 11:12 PM

Same here, I love the rice but that sounds awesome! Minus teh mangos (not a fan personally). Question where do you live? the sushi situation here in Tucson is sad :(

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on April 09, 2012
at 12:50 AM

Christopher -Well, I sort of had a good hookup for the primo sushi stuff, since my ex-boyfriend is a chef! He has been with me to the emergency room for a soy-allergic reaction, so he is pretty helpful with customizing.

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on April 06, 2012
at 11:13 PM

sushi is one of the "healthy" cheats for me. I often order the seaweed salad, even though it usually has a little sugar and soy in it. I agree with making it at home, to make it more paleo and to save money, because it is really expensive. I revently invented a paleo "soy" sauce that tastes better than the coconut aminos and is cheaper. 1 table spoon of balsalmic vinegar, one table spoon of toasted sesame oil and 2 table spoons of fish sauce. I use squid brand, the brand may make a difference in the taste. I also made seaweed salad at home and juiced some tangerines in place of the sugar.

To answer your question about it being healthy, that depends on several factors. There are concerns about murcury in fish, especially raw fish. Try to avoid the larger fish like tuna, because murcury bioaccumulates and is higher in bigger fish. If you eat tuna once and a while and maintain your silenium levels, it should not be a problem. I recently read an article about murcury and silenium, the silenium blocks murcury absorbtion to as long as the fish has more silenium than murcury it should not be a problem.

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on April 06, 2012
at 10:49 PM

I find treat meals necessary to keep me sane, and as far as treat meals go, sushi is about as good as it gets.

To put this in perspective, my other treat meals include:

  1. Neapolitan-style pizza
  2. Mexican
  3. Pub grub w/beer

Those are all potentially wheat, dairy, industrial soy/seed oil, and CAFO meat bombs. Sushi isn't even in the same league with those.

Craig makes a good point about fish quality, though. This problem can be solved by learning to make your own sushi at home, where you can control all the ingredients. Personally, I find it fun to make sushi at home, especially with a group where everyone takes a turn, and we all share the results.

A905679417ee71c3f9e2d88964b3b1f0

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on April 06, 2012
at 11:15 PM

excellent. i know a lot of people really look down on the just letting go every now and then thing. I will also drink every now and then cause hey it's relaxing, fun, and social. That's my view on teh food too, sometimkes it just has to be for me to stay sane.

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on April 07, 2012
at 12:24 AM

I live in LA and you can get rolls without the rice. Here's a recipe for rolls with cauliflower rice. Remember that California Rolls (and others) are little sugar bombs due to the rice. If none of this helps, read this Robb Wolf blog.

http://www.primal-palate.com/2010/12/rice-free-sushi_27.html

http://robbwolf.com/2012/04/04/paleo-diet-convince-it/

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on April 06, 2012
at 10:11 PM

I love sushi as well, but I order mine without rice! Sometimes they'll replace it with cucumber or something... I find I have to order one or two more rolls than I would with the rice, to get enough food... but I feel much better afterwards, and it's honestly more satisfying! I'm low carbing and trying to lose about 40 lbs, so any kind of starch is the death of me for a couple of days. If you're trying to avoid stalling, I'd avoid the rice.

A905679417ee71c3f9e2d88964b3b1f0

(368)

on April 06, 2012
at 10:17 PM

I have tried that, the places here are nuts about you getting the rice. It really sucks and I assume it is due to living in the desert and the scarcity of fish. Also man I love the rice, I don't think I could do it without it. I'm not so much trying to avoid stalling as I am trying to do it not often. I find it so interesting how different people react to the rice. It is starting to seem like it s more of a personal reaction than a global one. My Japanese friend can eat all the rice in the world and nothing happens. Luckily it doesn't seem to add weight to me but I do stall a little.

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on April 06, 2012
at 10:07 PM

To me, its less about the rice and more about the quality (or lack thereof) of the farmed fish. I would recommend sticking with the scallops. Mark Sisson wrote an article about healthy farmed seafood that can be found here.

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on April 06, 2012
at 10:23 PM

I should add, if I was trying to cut a large amount of weight I would not eat the rice. I had a lot of success cutting weight going VLC and only began to add carbs to my diet as I inched closer to my goal or as I needed them to maintain athletic performance. I link my carbs to my activity level.

4164a77c7ccf4839ec7f1e665d27cc6d

(1085)

on April 06, 2012
at 10:19 PM

Yep, I eat pretty low carb but enjoy eating sushi with some rice from time to time. I actually love sushi, I just dont eat out much. Typically I stick with sashimi but I wont steer clear of a roll because of the rice if I'm feeling frisky.

A905679417ee71c3f9e2d88964b3b1f0

(368)

on April 06, 2012
at 11:14 PM

thats what I am thinking. I also have kind of the mentality of eh once a month isn't too bad. I am a big big man but I figure a stall every now in then is better than being miserable. Ans of course it is like a 24-48 hour stall at worst. odd though at 325 lbs I am more concerned with my health than my weight if that makes sense

A905679417ee71c3f9e2d88964b3b1f0

(368)

on April 06, 2012
at 10:13 PM

I want to make sure I got this answer from you right. You don't worry about the rice you worry about the quality of fish? Just want to make sure it is that and not that you avoid the rice. Also thank you for the link

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