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Which is Worse When Doing 20/80 or "Cheating" with Discretion: Cold Cuts or Beef Patties?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM

I've decided that for my lunch, I do have to cheat somewhat. I have a pretty demanding job and while I still won't be eating out, I'd be taking lunch to work. Since I stick to the Paleo autoimmune protocol, I stay away from gluten, dairy, eggs, and nightshades. So no cheese, pepperoni or hard-boiled eggs. My access to the microwave is somewhat limited and I can't afford to attract unwanted stares from bringing Paleo meals to heat up.

So what I've settled on is the following: Ener G's tapioca loaf made from tapioca starch, which is gluten/egg/dairy free, for my sandwiches. I'll be packing either (1) Boar's Head cold cuts (Italian Roast Beef / Black Forest Ham / Hard Salami) which are all gluten and nightshade-free, (2) Bubba Burger which only lists pure USDA Angus beef as ingredient or (3) Philly-Gourmet Steaks for Sandwiches, which again is pure beef. In addition, I'd be bringing a container full of yams and sweet potatoes to supplement my sandwiches and for snacking in the afternoon.

What do you think is less worse? Cold cuts vs. Bubba Burger hamburger patties vs. Philly steak slices? I tend to think Bubba Burger is probably the healthiest of the three. But then processed pork (ham, salami, etc.) isn't probably any worse than bacon and may even be better than unprocessed pork (PHD).

I've decided that staying true to the autoimmune protocol is more important than staying pure Paleo -- hence my choice of Ener G bread. This is 1 meal a day for 5 days a week. I think I can still stay pretty healthy if I stick closely to my moderate carb Paleo (100-150g carbs) for my breakfast and dinner (mostly bone broth, steak, fish, pork with green leafies /steamed cruciferous veggies, and tubers).

I'm also open to suggestions on portable lunch / snack items that can be consumed at my desk quickly and do not require microwaving.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on April 17, 2013
at 02:41 AM

Fair enough... ,

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

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on April 16, 2013
at 11:18 PM

Its all about choice and free will my friend. If you are choosing to stay in a place that makes you paranoid enough to compromise your own health, that is your will. This "paleo" thing isn't something new to me, been at it for about 6 years. Also, just because I don't make money doesn't mean I don't lead a luxurious life.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

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on April 16, 2013
at 05:00 PM

Answer the first part of the question. Why is bacon better than cold cuts or vice versa?

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

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on April 16, 2013
at 04:59 PM

Unfortunately, I'm not meek and maybe I shan't inherit the earth. So I intend to toil in corporate America a whee bit longer. That's why I'm seeking ways to balance Paleo with the mainstream. I'm noticing on these boards that more and more, Paleo is attracting free spirits but also of the libertarian and self-sufficient Ted Kaczynski genre. Not that it's bad but the blatant difference in thinking and lifestyle can be appalling. Going bush is an option for some of these people, whom I could admire for walking their paths but they fail to realize that it's not for everyone.

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on April 16, 2013
at 01:41 AM

If you don't know the difference between ground beef and steak, and you won't research Pink Slime, I don't see how I can help you.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on April 15, 2013
at 11:12 PM

feel at liberty to make decisions that are in your own best interest then I would HIGHLY suggest you step back and consider why you would stay in such an environment.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on April 15, 2013
at 11:11 PM

I work as a farmer. I have worked in more corporate situations but because that didn't seem conducive to a healthy lifestyle, I have been sure to focus on living a life where I don't have to worry about other peoples prerogatives interfering with my own. I chose to work in a healthy environment with like minded people. I am not saying its all amazing and that I don't make sacrifices to live the life I do. I made less then $1000 dollars last year, but I am happy and what I am doing is fulfilling. If you are in a job and working around people that make you that uncomfortable, that you don't

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:52 PM

Easy for you to say and maybe you have no worries about job security. What kind of job do you have? The vast majority of Americans work in corporate America where you're expected to either eat out for lunch or eat the conventional fare. Especially nowadays when your every move is being watched by the computer and video cameras, you wanna be low-key if you can, when companies are downsizing. Sticking out like a sore thumb isn't something you wanna do in times of retrenchment. Maybe you need someone to shake out out of your wooly-headedness.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:48 PM

Yes, but why would coldcuts be any worse than bacon? I don't know much about pink slime but I would assume that's pure ground beef that Bubba Burger is offering. And the steak slices are just thinly sliced ground beef, right? So pink slime could still be an issue with steak slices.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:47 PM

They could but when you work in close quarters in a factory-like setting you can practically hear other people breathing. And the olfactory senses are rather highly developed, as you can imagine, in bland places like Corporate America.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on April 15, 2013
at 12:53 AM

They could just get used to it...?

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on April 14, 2013
at 08:48 PM

Yes, those are good! And I actually like Season brand canned sardines. But they smell a little too much for the prudes that inhabit my office.

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2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

on April 15, 2013
at 01:24 AM

honesty, are you really that self conscious? eat well, get well and get over it.

make some heavy stew and pack it in a thermos, then you don't even have to worry about heating everything up

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on April 16, 2013
at 04:59 PM

Unfortunately, I'm not meek and maybe I shan't inherit the earth. So I intend to toil in corporate America a whee bit longer. That's why I'm seeking ways to balance Paleo with the mainstream. I'm noticing on these boards that more and more, Paleo is attracting free spirits but also of the libertarian and self-sufficient Ted Kaczynski genre. Not that it's bad but the blatant difference in thinking and lifestyle can be appalling. Going bush is an option for some of these people, whom I could admire for walking their paths but they fail to realize that it's not for everyone.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on April 16, 2013
at 11:18 PM

Its all about choice and free will my friend. If you are choosing to stay in a place that makes you paranoid enough to compromise your own health, that is your will. This "paleo" thing isn't something new to me, been at it for about 6 years. Also, just because I don't make money doesn't mean I don't lead a luxurious life.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:52 PM

Easy for you to say and maybe you have no worries about job security. What kind of job do you have? The vast majority of Americans work in corporate America where you're expected to either eat out for lunch or eat the conventional fare. Especially nowadays when your every move is being watched by the computer and video cameras, you wanna be low-key if you can, when companies are downsizing. Sticking out like a sore thumb isn't something you wanna do in times of retrenchment. Maybe you need someone to shake out out of your wooly-headedness.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on April 15, 2013
at 11:12 PM

feel at liberty to make decisions that are in your own best interest then I would HIGHLY suggest you step back and consider why you would stay in such an environment.

2006ccb2b60f9cc5ba5e8eff8a7abc46

(1533)

on April 15, 2013
at 11:11 PM

I work as a farmer. I have worked in more corporate situations but because that didn't seem conducive to a healthy lifestyle, I have been sure to focus on living a life where I don't have to worry about other peoples prerogatives interfering with my own. I chose to work in a healthy environment with like minded people. I am not saying its all amazing and that I don't make sacrifices to live the life I do. I made less then $1000 dollars last year, but I am happy and what I am doing is fulfilling. If you are in a job and working around people that make you that uncomfortable, that you don't

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90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

on April 15, 2013
at 01:39 AM

Why can't you bring meals to heat up? I bring my delicious paleo lunches to work nearly every day and the only thing anyone ever says is "Oh, that smells SO good!"

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3806d8d2d78746ce55d8201e67ef3128

(244)

on April 14, 2013
at 07:28 PM

Kipper snacks

These things taste good, are wild caught, and the container is BPA free. I eat them straight out of the can, but they are good other ways too. you can pick them up at most groceries, I know whole foods has them.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on April 14, 2013
at 08:48 PM

Yes, those are good! And I actually like Season brand canned sardines. But they smell a little too much for the prudes that inhabit my office.

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:47 PM

They could but when you work in close quarters in a factory-like setting you can practically hear other people breathing. And the olfactory senses are rather highly developed, as you can imagine, in bland places like Corporate America.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on April 17, 2013
at 02:41 AM

Fair enough... ,

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on April 15, 2013
at 12:53 AM

They could just get used to it...?

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5983854773a45b09a77a09ee97bdef42

on April 15, 2013
at 01:21 AM

Any cured meat, boars head or not, is processed and loaded with nitrates and sodium to keep it preserved. And before consuming anything ground, research "pink slime" and make sure your meat source is free of this filler. The steak slices sound the best. Minimal processing from when that meat was on a cow to on your plate

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on April 16, 2013
at 05:00 PM

Answer the first part of the question. Why is bacon better than cold cuts or vice versa?

5e92edc5a180787a60a252a8232006e9

(345)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:48 PM

Yes, but why would coldcuts be any worse than bacon? I don't know much about pink slime but I would assume that's pure ground beef that Bubba Burger is offering. And the steak slices are just thinly sliced ground beef, right? So pink slime could still be an issue with steak slices.

5983854773a45b09a77a09ee97bdef42

on April 16, 2013
at 01:41 AM

If you don't know the difference between ground beef and steak, and you won't research Pink Slime, I don't see how I can help you.

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4bc16f4181328acbdbb1dfbf0b77b25d

(70)

on April 14, 2013
at 11:25 PM

Cant you just put the steak or burger on a salad? or wrap the burger in some lettuce leafs? or...just eat a burger and a piece of fruit and be on with it

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