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What's a gal to do with small restaurant meat portions?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 09, 2012 at 6:05 AM

So I'm coming off an extended period of taking a break from Paleo, have been eating out in SF a lot but trying to be as Paleo as possible; this seems to be difficult when the meat entrees at nice to above average restaurants serve meat in the 3-6 oz portions, and its just not enough food! My regular meals I fill up on lots of veggies (big salad) plus 6-8 oz meat and sometimes an egg.

When dining out at fine restaurants, There's no such thing as a bigass salad, and the protein portions are less than satiating; I'm only a 110lb 5'5' girl so its not like I need that much food compared to mass public. I remain hungry and start to dig in to the bread, and cheese and them some more because there is nothing else to eat; What to do??

Editing: these situations are more or less specific to social gatherings where I have some but not all control over selection of dining venue; were it completely up to me, it is most certainly a meat-based place, or Whole Foods salad bar (which lately has become my go to super-paleo meal preferred option). I have tried the eating before/after solutions but I feel like that defeats the purpose of 'eating out' both from a practical and economical standpoint!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on January 09, 2012
at 08:02 PM

10 answers with no upvotes... wierd. +1

D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

(2486)

on January 09, 2012
at 04:55 PM

That would work too, but she was saying the hunger was making it hard not to dive for the bread on the table, and pre-loading helps me have more willpower, personally. However, if it's socially acceptable, best to not even have the bread on the table so there's no temptation.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 09, 2012
at 04:48 PM

Why not just "top off the tank" afterwards? Dessert out, a snack at home, etc?

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on January 09, 2012
at 02:44 PM

When you order, ask for a bigass salad. Even a fine dining restaurant should be able to accommodate that.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on January 09, 2012
at 01:16 PM

The employees cafeteria almost everywhere I've ever worked are notorious for this. I hate shelling out the extra money, but I will order 2 cheesesteaks, no bun or ask for double meat at Chipotle, etc. I just discovered that grocery stores (Giant at least) will steam shrimp for free. I can usually get 1/2 pound for less than 5 bucks - that and an avocado is a big lunch for me. And I'm a big guy.

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on January 09, 2012
at 12:01 PM

that's why I go to buffets - never have this trouble!

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on January 09, 2012
at 06:53 AM

+1, I order avocado with everything at restaurants.

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D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

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on January 09, 2012
at 06:25 AM

If you're going somewhere with notoriously small protein portions, scarf a hard-boiled egg/jerky/almonds in the car right before you go in; not enough to damp your desire and hunger, but just enough to tip th e balance.

When caught by surprise, I add the butter intended for the bread to my actual entree, then skip the carbs and head straight for the cheese (and/or further protein at home).

D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

(2486)

on January 09, 2012
at 04:55 PM

That would work too, but she was saying the hunger was making it hard not to dive for the bread on the table, and pre-loading helps me have more willpower, personally. However, if it's socially acceptable, best to not even have the bread on the table so there's no temptation.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on January 09, 2012
at 04:48 PM

Why not just "top off the tank" afterwards? Dessert out, a snack at home, etc?

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A03f0d03067a43c61786481d91e5d3a0

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on January 09, 2012
at 11:33 AM

For me, eating out is usually about the company. If I can fit in a solid large meal - great. But I'm not counting on it. But it also wouldn't seem fair to drag friends with much smaller appetites - especially meat appetites - than me to grab two dozen kebabs and then talk about how to split the bill when I've obviously eaten the bulk of the food.

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19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on January 09, 2012
at 06:34 AM

Oooh I hate this... thanks for making me think about it, I hate going to restaurants because of it!

How about asking them to use lots of fat (of your choice) when cooking the protein? Also do the same to the side of veggies.

Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc are very filling, are those a choice, instead of greens? You can also add a ton of butter to them.

I'm glad to see that you can order some eggs, that's something I hadn't thought of. From now on I'll also order 2 fried eggs!

Or maybe they can make sliced hard boiled eggs to add to your salad? Even better if they can add bacon,

I always feel bad about being really specific when I order, but my cousin is a very picky eater and she does it all the time, so I say... go for it.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 09, 2012
at 12:50 PM

I would argue that small restaurant portions are actually a "normal" portion of food. I'm not on board with the paleo idea of gorging upon large amounts of meat at multiple meals per day. I get more than adequate protein eating 3-6 ounce portions of meat, twice daily.

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F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on January 09, 2012
at 06:11 AM

Can you start with a meat or fish appetizer - shrimp cocktail or bacon-wrapped scallops would up the protein content of your meal quite a bit. (And tell them not to leave the bread on the table).

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on January 09, 2012
at 12:40 PM

I run into this quite a lot. I'm small like you, and when I'm hungry, I'M HUNGRY! Don't give me senior-sized portions, with their tiny stomachs and decreased appetites! Bring on the full rack of ribs! The roasted potatoes! The grilled asparagus! The giant turkey leg!

Just try to order starchy sides with your meals so you don't scarf down the bread they bring out. Maybe sneak in some fruit (like an apple) in your purse, so you're not left sitting there staring at the bread as everyone else chows down on it.

I actually went out to eat with my b/f and his parents one night. The portions were so disappointing that I was still hungry afterwards (even after a slice of blueberry pie!). So I drove over to Bob Evans and ordered one of their pot roast hash breakfast's to go. After that, I was finally full!

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on January 09, 2012
at 06:18 AM

I usually get an avocado and/or bacon as a side and that usually helps fill me up.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on January 09, 2012
at 06:53 AM

+1, I order avocado with everything at restaurants.

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7cab5a1f1fd48c3cc4938ab824fdb52e

on January 09, 2012
at 12:09 PM

I usually end up ordering a burger. No bun, obviously...

Then add on an additional 1-2 patties.

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E4b155f898e209391902792ec3c005f3

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:50 AM

Go to restaurants that serve large steaks or fishes. Order lots of extra butter. Eat before you go.

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25b139cc1954456d9ea469e40f984cd3

on January 09, 2012
at 07:42 AM

VWYF (Vote With Your Feet).

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Cc55d591703e26ec40a07fc20b15b94d

on January 17, 2012
at 12:14 PM

You may feel nervous while eating. You can order juice or shakes after meal.

Andrew from Store Hours

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