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Eating Paleo at McDonalds!

Commented on April 10, 2015
Created May 03, 2012 at 6:26 PM

My in-laws are generously taking our entire family on a four day trip to Chicago. I KNOW I will be eating McDonalds at least once, but more likely twice to three times a day. It happens every time we travel with them.

Yes, I know McDonalds is terrible in every way possible.

No, I cannot refuse to eat there or be difficult about it. They are good people paying for everything so our family can have this adventure. They would be hurt if I did and I won't hurt them for the world.

Therefore, I must find a "Paleo-Hack". So, my fellow Paleo-People, what do you recommend eating at McDonalds that is as Paleo-ish as possible?

Thank you!!

39311794c054f89a226f33e1afd08721

on April 26, 2013
at 03:03 PM

It's the people who already don't treat themselves as the center of the universe who are going to run into the peak trouble when this dynamic rears its head over food preferences. I have a great mother-in-law, too, but there is subtle manipulation in what gifts she chooses to shower me with and what preferences of mine would cause "hurt".

7b9b5de13a30c823dae64a971cb14add

(540)

on September 11, 2012
at 08:05 PM

their sour cream is from grass fed cows now too, at least. and yeah i am a big fan of the burrito bowl as a decent fast food option.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 07:06 PM

Maybe they just mean the meat content is 100% cow nowadays. I remember all the urban myths I heard as a child about what other kinds of animals went into a McD's burger. :)

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Maybe they just the meat content is 100% cow. I remember all the urban myths I heard as a child about what other kinds of animals went into a McD's burger. :)

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:18 PM

I can't tell you how many times I've seen pre-vacation paleohacks questions like this, followed by post-vacation paleohacks questions to the effect of 'ugh I feel horrible it was totally not worth it how do I detox?'

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:17 PM

You can in fact, refuse to eat there. You just have to decide what's most important to you.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Which is kind of exactly what some of us are trying to avoid.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:16 PM

If other people take offense at you wanting to be healthy, look good and perform optimally, I think the bad manners are actually theirs. I say stick to your guns unless these things don't matter as much to you as being polite for the span of twenty minutes.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:14 PM

Can't agree with this one. My mother in law accuses me of having an eating disorder simply because I don't eat the complete crap she does, I don't eat as often as she does and while I will cook her anything she wants, I often have to make myself something different. Caving in to her various emotional blackmail techniques (regarding food and everything else) just makes me feel worse on all levels. Asserting myself as a human being who wants some amount of control over her own health is very empowering. She's learned to leave me alone. :)

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Also with so many 'scrambled' egg dishes and omelettes in various food chains, they will sometimes bulk out the egg mixture with pancake batter. I learned this the hard way at IHOP, Denny's and a few other places.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Many paleo people would feel like utter crap for weeks after a single bowl of pasta, and those aren't even the celiacs or allergics. You /will/ recover, but do you want to spend the time you have with your family possibly rushing to the toilet every hour?

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:08 PM

I'm with Amanda on this one. Even an extended fast, or several stashed hard boiled eggs and tins of sardines for a week is better than compromising how you feel, especially if you're in the company of people you actually care about. Quality of time spent would also be a consideration for me.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:05 PM

Unfortunately, they cook all their meats in soy oil as well. Still, it's better than anything imaginable at McDonalds. If it was me, I'd fast for the week.

B9673e4701dbf7017da7d75e9a44da6d

(609)

on May 05, 2012
at 01:29 PM

I think a lot of people that eat paleo/primal don't view it as a "preference". I certainly don't.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on May 04, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Good to know. I guess we should just all do the best we can and not be too hard on ourselves.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on May 04, 2012
at 12:56 PM

I think I would be really sad if this happened to me. Can't stand McDonalds. Good luck, honey!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 04, 2012
at 12:55 PM

There's definitely a difference between dietary preferences (paleo) and dietary needs (celiac). Paleo folks just need to realise that their preferences do not put them at the center of the universe.

B9673e4701dbf7017da7d75e9a44da6d

(609)

on May 04, 2012
at 09:45 AM

Matt, my preferences don't trump theirs. If they want to eat McDonalds, go nuts, but understand that I choose not to and respect it. Lauren, are your inlaws aware of your lifestyle? Mine are and they would never even suggest asking me to eat at McDonalds (and this was before I started a paleo lifestyle). It would be like your family knowing you were a vegetarian and taking you to a steakhouse for dinner.

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on May 04, 2012
at 06:32 AM

Awesome rule Talldog!

Ab5da2cf814773d1e7454460dd069617

(20)

on May 04, 2012
at 03:45 AM

you should grow some balls (or ovaries), and offer to pay for your own food...I'm sure they're gracious people, but that shouldn't dictate what you can and can't eat!

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on May 04, 2012
at 02:51 AM

bacon and sausage are cooked in their own fat; all eggs are cooked in margarine (GASP)!

1ef2c3bfd6bb37877b02fddc819bebac

(399)

on May 04, 2012
at 12:47 AM

Why can't the ingredient just be beef? Maybe salt and pepper or Worcester sauce(glutenous I know). But still, I don't get it. The less I mess with my food the cheaper it costs generally. You shouldn't need to add caramel color to get your beef to look brown... Sick

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on May 04, 2012
at 12:09 AM

Lauren, you might add smoked oysters in olive oil to your grab bag of ideas. You can open a can and put it on your salad so you get some protein and fat (dressing) all in one shot.

A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

(1967)

on May 03, 2012
at 11:28 PM

Beware the round eggs. They are real eggs, but they cook in "Liquid Margirine." Don't be lured by the grilled chicken, it's cooked in the same stuff.

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

(4400)

on May 03, 2012
at 11:05 PM

If you really feel that you have to pretend you're eating, my trick is to order a burger WITH the bun. Tell them you don't eat bread, then eat about 1/4 of the burger from inside the bun, act as if you ate the whole thing, and then shove the remaining mess in the wrapper to be thrown away. It looks like you ate the whole burger. And because you're paleo, you can IF no problem, right? :-) Well, it's an idea.

76026e8ef496039d5075440ff731aa0d

(5386)

on May 03, 2012
at 10:46 PM

Maybe peal and then eat the counter and some salt to taste...real roughage... Ever see the movie Independence Day...the Alien ship sitting quietly above the White House, then its doors open up and BLAMO! That’s pretty much what I picture happening to your guts if you eat there. I can't see people you are traveling with being so unreasonable as wanting to make you sick...No host could be so heartless? Truth.

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on May 03, 2012
at 09:32 PM

You could order a bottle of water or possibly tea and nibble on a Lara Bar or one of the other snacks suggested. Carry a good-sized purse.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on May 03, 2012
at 09:18 PM

Is this "100%" ploy new? I was under the impression their burgers contained soy protein isolate. It's been close to a decade since I recognized McD's as even being in existence though...

Ef9c487bfbfe9121767ec9218a3d682a

(170)

on May 03, 2012
at 09:10 PM

You are welcome. I don't actually like eating very much, too many digestive issues. So I'm pretty picky about where I will eat. Not everyone is as picky as I am, but I get really tired of getting sick and having it ruin my day! Good luck, Lauren, and have a good time!

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:58 PM

The fruit and yogurt parfait MINUS the yogurt is additive free. It's just frozen strawberries and blueberries. The apples have absorbic acid (I think) as a preservative, but pretty benign in the grand scheme of things. The grapes are frozen as well, with no sugar.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:51 PM

Wise words! Thank you!

Ef9c487bfbfe9121767ec9218a3d682a

(170)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:30 PM

Lauren, how is a choice to eliminate wheat any different than being forced to due to illness? You don't have to be diabetic to eliminate sugar. That is saying that you have no right to stick to your lifestyle "because" (you're not celiac).

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:21 PM

great link to the ingredients!

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Hahahaha, this is the best advice yet! I'm thinking too much about this, as usually. My husband will appreciate your humor :)

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:17 PM

You and I have the SAME rules when we travel. It's frustrating to me to be in a such a great city and not explore the food choices! I have no idea why they do McDonald's so much - all I know is that in the last 3 trips, it seems that's all we eat. Bleck. Even when I wasn't Paleo, I'd come home sick and icky. I will take your advice and "nudge" towards something new and interesting....

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Oh, perfect! Thank you!

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Oh, I don't even want to THINK about the assorted chemicals....

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:14 PM

It has gone downhill....

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Excellent point, Jen. I am not celiac - just anti-wheat. Karin, you are correct. If this were a true disease, then I would expect my family to support me (and they would) but since this is a choice, I can't be so demanding. Hence the question. Thank you both!

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:11 PM

meat and veggies, lettuce, plus some guacamole. If you can do nightshades some salsa might be good.

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Avoid the fajita vegetables. I think they're loaded with soy-oil. They make me feel funked. Safe bet would be the fresh veggies, salsa (although there may be super amounts of salt), and carnitas (I believe they're cooked in lard.)

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:09 PM

Thanks! I don't want to compromises my health but I don't want to be ungrateful either. Hence the problem. Thanks for the advice - it's good!

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:09 PM

This is hilarious. If it's 100% beef, the ingredie- oh.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:07 PM

Wise words. McDonald's aside, I have a feeling being Paleo on this trip will be challange as I have NO control over food choice. I might just "let it go", do the best I can and not "sweat the small things" as you recommend :)

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on May 03, 2012
at 08:07 PM

Unfortunately most fast food fruit cups have additives, preservatives, and sweeteners. :(

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:06 PM

It's funny you say that, Amanda. My in-laws are the only people on the planet I would. Anyone else I would tell to "shove that crap" and eat somewhere better - but not them. They would be so hurt I just can't. Hence the problem. Glad to know that I'm not the only one who gets a bit fiery when it comes to choice of food :D

E34fbfa1bca9ae970c9c7313bf9de9f8

(1436)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:06 PM

this - be sensible. not every meal has to be perfect.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:04 PM

Not a bad idea - and wow, have you ever tried to find cheap gluten-free beef jerky? I ended up making my own - SO much tastier then processed crap and cheap cheap cheap!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 03, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Seriously? How do you determine that one's person preferences must trump another's?

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on May 03, 2012
at 07:43 PM

I'm guessing if she's celiac that would have been mentioned and certainly I would think there would be some discussion about it. If there ARE those issues then a family round table talk is needed. If you don't convey things like that to family then it's your issue (not trying to be rude). I understand what you're saying Jen.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on May 03, 2012
at 07:36 PM

unless you are celiac/have food intolerances that make the rest of the trip more of a bathroom tour...

3654b5b893e312b69f8db05e4e5175b5

on May 03, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Their dressing and fixin's make the salad pretty unhealthy.

2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on May 03, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Respectfully disagree unless you bring your own dressing. McD's dressing is loaded with soybean oil

2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on May 03, 2012
at 07:13 PM

No mayo either, loaded with soybean oil

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:52 PM

I do like bacon.....

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:52 PM

After looking at the ingredients, maybe I will just say I don't feel well and not eat anything. Bleck!

4cf0a5157f0aa5fda6facbfff5efd19d

(20)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:43 PM

I ate one of their salads with grilled chicken on a recent road trip and I felt horrible after.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Salad is a good option. Maybe a salad with a burger patty on top?

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Oh, good ideas! I always get water anyway - cheaper and no question if it is good for me! Thank you!

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Good idea! If I knew the ingredients, I can cobble together a meal. Thanks!

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Hah, so much for 100% angus beef. Back in my SAD days I always thought the "specialty" burgers, like Angus, or Steakhouse or whatever, tasted really terrible.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Oh, that does sound delicious! I might see if I can steer them towards that...thank you!

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:37 PM

On a long road trip I was stuck on, late at night, the choice was McDonald's or the gas station snacks. I opted for a McD's salad (Cobb, IIRC). No dressing. I threw up an hour later. I don't know how they ruined salad, but they managed it.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:32 PM

Definitely a salad with grilled chicken. I'm pretty sure that's your only option at McD's.

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33
B9b76c30366c142e323049db109ca4ac

(466)

on May 03, 2012
at 07:46 PM

Geez. Just get a McDouble and throw away the bun. Add a side salad with vinagrette dressing. Having McDonalds every once in a while isn't going to kill anyone. I think we all need to settle down a bit. I'm sure we unknowingly injest much worse things from time to time. Have fun and don't sweat this small stuff.

E34fbfa1bca9ae970c9c7313bf9de9f8

(1436)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:06 PM

this - be sensible. not every meal has to be perfect.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:07 PM

Wise words. McDonald's aside, I have a feeling being Paleo on this trip will be challange as I have NO control over food choice. I might just "let it go", do the best I can and not "sweat the small things" as you recommend :)

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:18 PM

I can't tell you how many times I've seen pre-vacation paleohacks questions like this, followed by post-vacation paleohacks questions to the effect of 'ugh I feel horrible it was totally not worth it how do I detox?'

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0b074df8079a6cea3470b509d86fca67

on May 03, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I'm from Chicago, and we have more Chipotles than McDonalds, especially in tourist areas. I'd say don't eat it! Go to Chipotle instead and just get a bowl of meat :).

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Oh, that does sound delicious! I might see if I can steer them towards that...thank you!

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Avoid the fajita vegetables. I think they're loaded with soy-oil. They make me feel funked. Safe bet would be the fresh veggies, salsa (although there may be super amounts of salt), and carnitas (I believe they're cooked in lard.)

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:11 PM

meat and veggies, lettuce, plus some guacamole. If you can do nightshades some salsa might be good.

7b9b5de13a30c823dae64a971cb14add

(540)

on September 11, 2012
at 08:05 PM

their sour cream is from grass fed cows now too, at least. and yeah i am a big fan of the burrito bowl as a decent fast food option.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:05 PM

Unfortunately, they cook all their meats in soy oil as well. Still, it's better than anything imaginable at McDonalds. If it was me, I'd fast for the week.

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B9673e4701dbf7017da7d75e9a44da6d

on May 03, 2012
at 07:40 PM

I wouldn't eat McDonald's for anyone. If your in-laws are great, they should understand your lifestyle choice and respect that. I'm all for flexibility, but McDonalds? Never.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 03, 2012
at 07:59 PM

Seriously? How do you determine that one's person preferences must trump another's?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 04, 2012
at 12:55 PM

There's definitely a difference between dietary preferences (paleo) and dietary needs (celiac). Paleo folks just need to realise that their preferences do not put them at the center of the universe.

B9673e4701dbf7017da7d75e9a44da6d

(609)

on May 04, 2012
at 09:45 AM

Matt, my preferences don't trump theirs. If they want to eat McDonalds, go nuts, but understand that I choose not to and respect it. Lauren, are your inlaws aware of your lifestyle? Mine are and they would never even suggest asking me to eat at McDonalds (and this was before I started a paleo lifestyle). It would be like your family knowing you were a vegetarian and taking you to a steakhouse for dinner.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:06 PM

It's funny you say that, Amanda. My in-laws are the only people on the planet I would. Anyone else I would tell to "shove that crap" and eat somewhere better - but not them. They would be so hurt I just can't. Hence the problem. Glad to know that I'm not the only one who gets a bit fiery when it comes to choice of food :D

B9673e4701dbf7017da7d75e9a44da6d

(609)

on May 05, 2012
at 01:29 PM

I think a lot of people that eat paleo/primal don't view it as a "preference". I certainly don't.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:08 PM

I'm with Amanda on this one. Even an extended fast, or several stashed hard boiled eggs and tins of sardines for a week is better than compromising how you feel, especially if you're in the company of people you actually care about. Quality of time spent would also be a consideration for me.

39311794c054f89a226f33e1afd08721

on April 26, 2013
at 03:03 PM

It's the people who already don't treat themselves as the center of the universe who are going to run into the peak trouble when this dynamic rears its head over food preferences. I have a great mother-in-law, too, but there is subtle manipulation in what gifts she chooses to shower me with and what preferences of mine would cause "hurt".

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Ef9c487bfbfe9121767ec9218a3d682a

(170)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:22 PM

Hi everyone, I'm just putting my two cents in because this hits a nerve with me. Other than recently diagnosed as gluten intolerant I committed to eating clean years ago. I once informed a traveling companion that I would starve before I would ever eat anything from a McDonalds. Nothing there qualifies as food in my book.

Lauren, feelings aside, can you not possibly have a talk prior to the trip with your family about how fast food does not agree with you or your eating lifestyle. After seeing the "ingredients" (soy, corn syrup, MSG just to name a few) should give you some courage to defend your desire to not spend the trip or any time thereafter sick. Maybe it is because I have a family that would NEVER ask/force me to eat anything that makes me uncomfortable, ill, or just outright gags me that I don't understand how feelings come before personal preference or health. To me, there is no eating at McDonald's, no matter who is footing the bill.

Take the advice that says bring your own food and snacks. I would stay home before putting myself in a position that compromises my lifestyle and my digestive health. And yes, I felt that way long before the gluten intolerance. My dad is celiac, and my mother is thrilled I have turned her on to Paleo. It is so celiac friendly. I would use this as an opportunity to at least try to educate these nice people about how clean eating could make the trip much more enjoyable for everyone. If it is a matter of finances, I would start setting money aside so that you too can have a say in where meals are consumed.

Please forgive my soap box, but I am a firm believer that no one dictates all or most of the venues at another persons expense. My stomach has already turned inside out at the prospect of having to even enter one of those establishments.

You have my sincere sympathy.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:51 PM

Wise words! Thank you!

Ef9c487bfbfe9121767ec9218a3d682a

(170)

on May 03, 2012
at 09:10 PM

You are welcome. I don't actually like eating very much, too many digestive issues. So I'm pretty picky about where I will eat. Not everyone is as picky as I am, but I get really tired of getting sick and having it ruin my day! Good luck, Lauren, and have a good time!

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Ff5d217dbff35c9846bc23eaf28f2401

on May 03, 2012
at 06:37 PM

Quarter Pounder without cheese (or double quarter pounder without cheese), no bun. Ask for leaf lettuce (not shredded). Use the lettuce as "bread". No ketchup.

Ice tea (unsweetened) or water to drink. Side salad, if you need a side.

This is an OK option.

That's my 2 cents worth.

2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on May 03, 2012
at 07:13 PM

No mayo either, loaded with soybean oil

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Oh, good ideas! I always get water anyway - cheaper and no question if it is good for me! Thank you!

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8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

on May 03, 2012
at 06:36 PM

I would not eat the chicken. Fast food chicken is always full of MSG. So is McD's Angus Beef - but they claim that their regular hamburger patty is 100% beef, no fillers. From their website:

100% Angus Beef Patty: 100% Angus beef. Prepared with Grill Seasoning (salt, black pepper) and Angus Burger Seasoning: Salt, sugar, onion powder, natural (animal, plant and botanical source) and artificial flavors, spice, maltodextrin, autolyzed yeast extract, dried beef broth, dextrose, garlic powder, worcestershire sauce powder [distilled vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, salt, caramel color, garlic powder, sugar, spices, tamarind, natural flavor (fruit source)], spice extractives, beef fat, caramel color, annatto and turmeric (color).

100% Beef Patty: 100% pure USDA inspected beef; no fillers, no extenders. Prepared with grill seasoning (salt, black pepper).

Check out all their ingredients here.

1e299d1426b6f12d7c1f9d556b7c66e9

on April 10, 2015
at 02:07 AM

I agree with not wanting to that stuff, just don't understand the criticism MSG.

1e299d1426b6f12d7c1f9d556b7c66e9

on April 10, 2015
at 02:07 AM

I agree with not wanting to that stuff, just don't understand the criticism MSG.

1e299d1426b6f12d7c1f9d556b7c66e9

on April 10, 2015
at 02:07 AM

I agree with not wanting to that stuff, just don't understand the criticism MSG.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

(5145)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Hah, so much for 100% angus beef. Back in my SAD days I always thought the "specialty" burgers, like Angus, or Steakhouse or whatever, tasted really terrible.

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:09 PM

This is hilarious. If it's 100% beef, the ingredie- oh.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:21 PM

great link to the ingredients!

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Good idea! If I knew the ingredients, I can cobble together a meal. Thanks!

1ef2c3bfd6bb37877b02fddc819bebac

(399)

on May 04, 2012
at 12:47 AM

Why can't the ingredient just be beef? Maybe salt and pepper or Worcester sauce(glutenous I know). But still, I don't get it. The less I mess with my food the cheaper it costs generally. You shouldn't need to add caramel color to get your beef to look brown... Sick

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on May 03, 2012
at 09:18 PM

Is this "100%" ploy new? I was under the impression their burgers contained soy protein isolate. It's been close to a decade since I recognized McD's as even being in existence though...

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:48 PM

Maybe they just the meat content is 100% cow. I remember all the urban myths I heard as a child about what other kinds of animals went into a McD's burger. :)

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 07:06 PM

Maybe they just mean the meat content is 100% cow nowadays. I remember all the urban myths I heard as a child about what other kinds of animals went into a McD's burger. :)

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:43 PM

Don't eat at McDonald's. Pack snacks in your bag: tins of sardines, tuna and salmon, gluten-free jerky, nuts, fruit, chopped veg, hard-boiled eggs. A bag of root veggie chips would even be better than McD's fries. There are lots of snack and travel-friendly options that have been posted here in previous posts-do a search.

45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

(3661)

on May 03, 2012
at 09:32 PM

You could order a bottle of water or possibly tea and nibble on a Lara Bar or one of the other snacks suggested. Carry a good-sized purse.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:04 PM

Not a bad idea - and wow, have you ever tried to find cheap gluten-free beef jerky? I ended up making my own - SO much tastier then processed crap and cheap cheap cheap!

6
32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:02 PM

Toss the bun, toss the bun... pfft, just eat the bun assuming you're not celiac or allergic to wheat! It's a couple meals over a couple days, out of your entire lifetime. You'll get over it, you'll "recover".

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:19 PM

Hahahaha, this is the best advice yet! I'm thinking too much about this, as usually. My husband will appreciate your humor :)

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:09 PM

Many paleo people would feel like utter crap for weeks after a single bowl of pasta, and those aren't even the celiacs or allergics. You /will/ recover, but do you want to spend the time you have with your family possibly rushing to the toilet every hour?

5
8496289baf18c2d3e210740614dc9082

on May 03, 2012
at 08:07 PM

For the money: McDouble with only cheese and extra pickle. Toss the buns. McDonald's just quit using pink slime, patties are 100% beef seasoned only with salt and pepper, cheese is 70% milk products (not bad, considering what I expected).

Each McDouble contains 20g protein. Three makes an easy meal.

Not ideal, but if you have to go that route (sometimes you do), you're getting 60g all-beef protein for $3.

Side note: I JUST ate this, and it has never made me feel ill (as nearly anything else I've eaten there typically does).

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8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on May 03, 2012
at 08:22 PM

1) Any 100% beef patty (NOT ANGUS) with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion

(ketchup and mustard optional - NO MAYO)

2) apple slices

3) bacon

4) sausage patties

Everything else is cooked in margarine like the eggs or uses soybean oil

Stay away from the chicken - typically has wheat, soy, MSG, and/or other fake foods!

4
5d59f9f515bc1cf0f36e1535505481f4

on May 03, 2012
at 06:38 PM

Kudos on the Chipotle idea...so much better

3
7bcdcce584eb132e4c06b8ad2b1d22cc

on May 03, 2012
at 10:30 PM

Some good answers here - especially on not needing to be perfect every time. If you can get them to agree to a good supper option, how about doing some intermittent fasting in addition to the advice on hacking the meals. I was traveling recently with family and friends and no one really balked at my comment, "No thanks, nothing for me now, I'm just not that hungery. I'll eat later."

3
11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

(3448)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:00 PM

Is there a specific reason your in-laws insist on eating at McDonald's?

There are a couple of things everyone--even the world's biggest McDonald's fans--agree on: (1) is that the food is unhealthy and (2) they don't have much variety. I don't see how it would be disruptive at all to suggest the group eat at a restaurant with a little healthier fare and a little more variety.

Besides, my rule on vacations is you should always eat somewhere you couldn't eat at home. You're on vacation. It's supposed to be an adventure where you experience new things. My guess is you have plenty of McDonald's at home. Try nudging with the line "we're on vacation, let's go somewhere we couldn't go at home" whenever they suggest McDonald's.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:17 PM

You and I have the SAME rules when we travel. It's frustrating to me to be in a such a great city and not explore the food choices! I have no idea why they do McDonald's so much - all I know is that in the last 3 trips, it seems that's all we eat. Bleck. Even when I wasn't Paleo, I'd come home sick and icky. I will take your advice and "nudge" towards something new and interesting....

F4d04667059bc682540fdfd8b40f13a7

on May 04, 2012
at 06:32 AM

Awesome rule Talldog!

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65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on May 03, 2012
at 07:03 PM

A "trick" I've learned over the years: when having to go for fast food and yet not wanting to partake, bring supplies. Get a coffee, a tea, a water, and have some portable snacks that work as a meal (jerky, macadamia nuts, tinned fish, hardboiled eggs...) and if you want you can order a salad... or not. Totally up to you.

It's generous of the family to take you out, but that shouldn't mean you have to compromise all of your needs. Yes, "go with the flow" to some extent, but plan for not having many options. You can almost always get a salad. Just don't make a huge deal out of it, and your loved ones won't either- that's the key to now coming across as preachy and unappreciative :)

Have fun!!

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:09 PM

Thanks! I don't want to compromises my health but I don't want to be ungrateful either. Hence the problem. Thanks for the advice - it's good!

Dc6407193ba441d1438f6f0c06af872b

(4400)

on May 03, 2012
at 11:05 PM

If you really feel that you have to pretend you're eating, my trick is to order a burger WITH the bun. Tell them you don't eat bread, then eat about 1/4 of the burger from inside the bun, act as if you ate the whole thing, and then shove the remaining mess in the wrapper to be thrown away. It looks like you ate the whole burger. And because you're paleo, you can IF no problem, right? :-) Well, it's an idea.

2
68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

(5795)

on September 11, 2012
at 07:48 PM

Not to be insensitive, but...really?

"They would be hurt if I did and I won't hurt them for the world."

Hurt if you won't eat poison? Ridiculous.

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78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

on May 03, 2012
at 07:56 PM

Breakfast:

round eggs (made fresh rather than from a liquid) with a side salad with sliced apples

Lunch and Dinner:

Side salad

Quarter pounder (no fillers in beef), with lettuce and extra sliced onions

Fruit and walnut salad (apples and grapes), skip the yogurt and walnuts

Water with extra lemon and use the extra lemon over the salad

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Oh, perfect! Thank you!

A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

(1967)

on May 03, 2012
at 11:28 PM

Beware the round eggs. They are real eggs, but they cook in "Liquid Margirine." Don't be lured by the grilled chicken, it's cooked in the same stuff.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Also with so many 'scrambled' egg dishes and omelettes in various food chains, they will sometimes bulk out the egg mixture with pancake batter. I learned this the hard way at IHOP, Denny's and a few other places.

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A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on May 03, 2012
at 07:33 PM

Heres my two cents...I'm all for keeping the peace. Its not a life or death matter, it's a family/respect matter, so honestly I would just get a grilled chicken salad or burger sans bun warped in lettuce and not sweat what I would consider the small stuff. Focus on family and not "food" rules and enjoy the days. You can clean it up after you're home and get back to it.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

(3049)

on May 03, 2012
at 07:36 PM

unless you are celiac/have food intolerances that make the rest of the trip more of a bathroom tour...

Ef9c487bfbfe9121767ec9218a3d682a

(170)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:30 PM

Lauren, how is a choice to eliminate wheat any different than being forced to due to illness? You don't have to be diabetic to eliminate sugar. That is saying that you have no right to stick to your lifestyle "because" (you're not celiac).

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

(3501)

on May 03, 2012
at 07:43 PM

I'm guessing if she's celiac that would have been mentioned and certainly I would think there would be some discussion about it. If there ARE those issues then a family round table talk is needed. If you don't convey things like that to family then it's your issue (not trying to be rude). I understand what you're saying Jen.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Excellent point, Jen. I am not celiac - just anti-wheat. Karin, you are correct. If this were a true disease, then I would expect my family to support me (and they would) but since this is a choice, I can't be so demanding. Hence the question. Thank you both!

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5f5f25a5b77cbda72d9074c79842b471

(10)

on February 06, 2013
at 12:49 AM

Just eat one of their salads with chicken or a burger without the bun. It's one meal!!! I can't believe that some of the nut jobs on here are advocating having an insane and offensive conversation with the in-laws about personal eating preferences. When someone else, particularly a family member, is offering to buy you a meal you don't spit in their face by giving them a lecture about your own weird food habits. You also don't bring your own food. This is a diet people! It's not some religious dedication and most of you have self-diagnosed food allergies. Let's face it- paleo is a cool diet that helps alot of folks lose weight. Ultimately it works by restricting carbohydrates and consuming lots of protein (which unless you are really starving you won't convert into energy or store as fat) the way several other diets do. The various other claims are shakey at best. Keep in mind that our paleolithic ancestors rarely lived beyond their 30s and that evolution doesn't "design" organisms to eat in any particular way. So settle down and eat some fries with your in-laws- it won't kill you and the benefits in family harmony more than outweigh breaking your diet one time.

1
8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:33 PM

Bacon and eggs at breakfast. Burgers (toss the bun). Salads (toss the dressing and don't get breaded meat). That is about the best you can do.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:52 PM

I do like bacon.....

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on May 04, 2012
at 02:51 AM

bacon and sausage are cooked in their own fat; all eggs are cooked in margarine (GASP)!

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on May 04, 2012
at 06:58 PM

Good to know. I guess we should just all do the best we can and not be too hard on ourselves.

0
F40448d3eb00eb159334ee7bfb2b693a

(45)

on April 26, 2013
at 01:33 PM

Nothing at Mcdonalds is paleo or healthy, however sometimes exceptions have to be made escpially when traveling. the closest thing to paleo would probably be a salad with no dressing or a burger with no bun. Moes or Chipotle is a much healthier fast food option that has paleo-friendly food, so if possible try to eat there. Their food also tastes good and does not make you feel like crap after you eat it. One time after my friend ate mcdonalds he threw up a ton in the parking lot

0
Bb8ab5a3babee9d3158d363a2a99030c

(13)

on September 11, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Obviously I'm not a fan of McD's, but come on -- sometimes you have to take one for the team to be polite and gracious. One or two lunches won't kill you. I wholeheartedly believe that taking any one meal this seriously or being rude and worrying about hurt feelings is NOT healthy. Order a burger, toss the bun and a salad. Don't sweat it. Have a great vacation.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:16 PM

If other people take offense at you wanting to be healthy, look good and perform optimally, I think the bad manners are actually theirs. I say stick to your guns unless these things don't matter as much to you as being polite for the span of twenty minutes.

0
8a9488a93aa42da56214268010c8336f

on September 10, 2012
at 03:45 PM

Ive een working at mcdonalds for the past three years, only reason is because im in collage and cant afford another job. Its mconalds, common sence its gunna be bad. But get a southwest salad, balaamic dressing amd grille pr no chrcken. Its not gunna kill you. People eat tjis food everyday(truat me we have out fat regulars) and they are fine (maybe a bit chunky haa)

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Which is kind of exactly what some of us are trying to avoid.

0
1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on May 03, 2012
at 07:55 PM

fruit at breakfast. grilled chicken sandwich toss the bun and condiments. Salad toss the crutons, dressing, and whatever other crap they might throw in there.

....and drink plenty of water to dilute some of the antiobiotics, hormonse, pesticide residue, and any other toxins you might be ingesting at the time.

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:58 PM

The fruit and yogurt parfait MINUS the yogurt is additive free. It's just frozen strawberries and blueberries. The apples have absorbic acid (I think) as a preservative, but pretty benign in the grand scheme of things. The grapes are frozen as well, with no sugar.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on May 03, 2012
at 08:07 PM

Unfortunately most fast food fruit cups have additives, preservatives, and sweeteners. :(

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Oh, I don't even want to THINK about the assorted chemicals....

0
7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on May 03, 2012
at 07:50 PM

The only thing I feel comfortable with at McDonalds is the coffee. I haven't been there for years, so even that may have gone downhill by now.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 08:14 PM

It has gone downhill....

0
58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

on May 03, 2012
at 06:27 PM

I would stick to salad

4cf0a5157f0aa5fda6facbfff5efd19d

(20)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:43 PM

I ate one of their salads with grilled chicken on a recent road trip and I felt horrible after.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:37 PM

On a long road trip I was stuck on, late at night, the choice was McDonald's or the gas station snacks. I opted for a McD's salad (Cobb, IIRC). No dressing. I threw up an hour later. I don't know how they ruined salad, but they managed it.

Ec4f6a37f84139652959633387472575

(15)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Salad is a good option. Maybe a salad with a burger patty on top?

3654b5b893e312b69f8db05e4e5175b5

on May 03, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Their dressing and fixin's make the salad pretty unhealthy.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on May 03, 2012
at 06:32 PM

Definitely a salad with grilled chicken. I'm pretty sure that's your only option at McD's.

2e5dc29c61f97d335ffb990508424719

on May 03, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Respectfully disagree unless you bring your own dressing. McD's dressing is loaded with soybean oil

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7278560e76901ded4081022b54c6e165

on September 11, 2012
at 05:05 AM

If you eat at Mcdonalds, eat everything they serve you. Tossing food hurts more than not eating it, and can make you look like a fool or someone with ED. Either refuse to eat there and pack snacks or eat someplace else, or pick something nice off the menu and enjoy it. You can focus on recovery later. No point in making both you and your in-laws feel bad.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on September 11, 2012
at 06:14 PM

Can't agree with this one. My mother in law accuses me of having an eating disorder simply because I don't eat the complete crap she does, I don't eat as often as she does and while I will cook her anything she wants, I often have to make myself something different. Caving in to her various emotional blackmail techniques (regarding food and everything else) just makes me feel worse on all levels. Asserting myself as a human being who wants some amount of control over her own health is very empowering. She's learned to leave me alone. :)

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