My office orders food from restaurants most days, and I am definitely not going to pass up a free lunch, since I'm on a budget. Normally, I just order whatever option includes only meat and vegetables. I don't get any dairy or non-fruit carbs. However I don't always know what oil they use and since the people who run these restaurants usually don't speak very good English, I can't really ask them. How important is the oil issue? At home, I only cook with olive oil but I can't expect that everyone does this.
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on November 20, 2012
at 12:20 AM
Um, it's pretty ding-dang important.
My office is really near a Subway, so my doctor gets lunch there a lot and always offers to get her staff lunch, too. They know I'm gluten-intolerant but I don't really go into further detail, other than sometimes, "I'm not really into processed food." She always offers to get me a salad, too, since that doesn't have bread on it. I always decline because the dressings are all filled with soybean oil (I mean, in addition to everything else, such as the terrible taste.) However, I also understand the budget thing. I'm on one myself, and sometimes I do look the other way when it comes to free food and the oils, though not that often.
If you really must eat the unknown-oil-ridden free food, I'd recommend increasing your omega-3 intake, to try and keep it somewhat in balance. All those nasty oils have a LOT of omega-6 in common, so try lots of sardines and little fish, or fermented cod liver oil supplement, to try and even it out.
on November 19, 2012
at 08:47 PM
My non-answer is that it's up to you how clean you want your diet to be and how concerned you are are about avoiding inflammation & optimizing your nutritional intake, and obviously you have to take into account what you can afford to eat.
I would prefer not to eat restaurant food everyday unless I knew they were serving properly raised meats, and the oils, for me, would also be a concern, but probably a secondary concern. I don't worry about the occasional less than perfect meal out, but 5 days a week would be more than I'd be willing to do.
But as you say, you're on a budget and you're definitely not going to pass it up -- so not sure what you're looking for in an answer anyway! I'm sure you will find some people here who would say it's important, and some people who will say it doesn't matter.