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Eating Out Strategies

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 01, 2013 at 3:11 AM

First off I want to mention that I never eat out at all. I eat what I make everyday, every meal.

I was just curious as to how those of you who do go out to eat manage to avoid vegetable oil, soy, wheat, msg etc. or do you not avoid it at all when you go?

Do you make requests at the restaurant and what do you say?

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on April 08, 2013
at 05:03 PM

Careful, I know that Whole Foods puts canola oil in some of the sushi rice (I think it's the brown rice, not the white).

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on February 04, 2013
at 05:30 PM

I worry a bit about mercury, parasites don't seem common enough to worry about.

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on February 03, 2013
at 07:16 AM

Where is the "like" button? Love your answer, Amy. I make every restaurant work for me. Eggs and bacon, tacos without the tortilla, add salsa and guac. Organic hamburger joints, lettuce, no bun etc.

C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

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on February 03, 2013
at 07:14 AM

parasites? don't you worry about those?

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on February 01, 2013
at 08:56 PM

Mexican is EASY...get fajitas with no wraps. Just grilled meat & veg. Pico de gallo and guacamole if you like that, and just tell them not to bring any cheese or sour cream. Is it the best quality meat? No, but you don't have to be a saint every time you go out -- *that* is what will limit you socially. Depending on how sensitive you are to gluten/dairy, there are very few places where you won't be able to find something suitable. Yes, you might ingest a couple grams of vegetable oil (*gasp!*) but you don't have to live like a hermit in fear of foods you haven't prepared yourself, either.

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on February 01, 2013
at 04:29 PM

Tacos w/o the tacos. There's a local place near me that the SO and I love, and I usually get 1 of each taco type (mmm, tongue) they have, but without the masa. Meats, greens, veggies, avocado - pretty simple, pretty paleo. The owner no longer thinks I'm weird (he more appreciates that I like tongue and tripe).

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on February 01, 2013
at 03:26 PM

Mexican restaurant...

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 01, 2013
at 02:53 PM

Why only a salad? Did you go to a pizza parlor or something like that?

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on February 01, 2013
at 11:27 AM

just one gender off..

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on February 01, 2013
at 03:43 AM

dammit...so close

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on February 01, 2013
at 03:39 AM

dammit.........

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on February 01, 2013
at 03:26 AM

Lol I am a her.

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0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

on February 01, 2013
at 03:20 AM

take her to dinner first

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on February 01, 2013
at 03:43 AM

dammit...so close

7eba3d743671649c1e06cacce0ba4e77

(1423)

on February 01, 2013
at 03:26 AM

Lol I am a her.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on February 01, 2013
at 11:27 AM

just one gender off..

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

(2349)

on February 01, 2013
at 03:39 AM

dammit.........

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Ed0cb30f40daff568778b776b2a5a81d

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on February 01, 2013
at 07:28 AM

First of all pick the places where you know beforehand you'll have the least issues to worry about. Pick something from the menu which is as clean as possible. Additionally, I'll ask tons of questions on how they have prepared it and what it contains. If I'm doubtful of something I'll simply not have it.

You don't need to be an idiot to the waiter, just ask questions and make requests. I've never had any bad reactions to that.

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on February 01, 2013
at 03:53 AM

yeah, the toughest part of eating out for me is limiting the crap oils. wheat isn't a problem, you just order something without wheat. oil is very tricky. the nicer the restaurant, the easier this is, although they'll still sneak it in on you.

i'm seriously suspicious of all salad dressing, for example. i like to ask for olive oil & balsamic. grilled meats and roasted potatoes are great, if available. i do rice too, but i'm always paranoid about what sort of oil was used in cooking. same thing with eggs. sometimes you just have to take a breath, and realize that one meal won't kill you (which is not an excuse to eat like crap).

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F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

on February 01, 2013
at 02:04 PM

I need help with this one....

I ate out last night with some friends for the first time this year. I ordered a salad with no cheese or dressing. I left starving.... like i literally left and drove straight to the grocery store to buy some paleo food to make at home. I'm afraid not eating out will limit me socially, it's my last year in college. I still feel a sick this morning anyway.

I would really like to figure out a way to make this work....

Any ideas?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 01, 2013
at 04:29 PM

Tacos w/o the tacos. There's a local place near me that the SO and I love, and I usually get 1 of each taco type (mmm, tongue) they have, but without the masa. Meats, greens, veggies, avocado - pretty simple, pretty paleo. The owner no longer thinks I'm weird (he more appreciates that I like tongue and tripe).

F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

(628)

on February 01, 2013
at 03:26 PM

Mexican restaurant...

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on February 01, 2013
at 02:53 PM

Why only a salad? Did you go to a pizza parlor or something like that?

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on February 01, 2013
at 08:56 PM

Mexican is EASY...get fajitas with no wraps. Just grilled meat & veg. Pico de gallo and guacamole if you like that, and just tell them not to bring any cheese or sour cream. Is it the best quality meat? No, but you don't have to be a saint every time you go out -- *that* is what will limit you socially. Depending on how sensitive you are to gluten/dairy, there are very few places where you won't be able to find something suitable. Yes, you might ingest a couple grams of vegetable oil (*gasp!*) but you don't have to live like a hermit in fear of foods you haven't prepared yourself, either.

C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

(842)

on February 03, 2013
at 07:16 AM

Where is the "like" button? Love your answer, Amy. I make every restaurant work for me. Eggs and bacon, tacos without the tortilla, add salsa and guac. Organic hamburger joints, lettuce, no bun etc.

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on February 01, 2013
at 12:57 PM

I order some meat with a side salad and don't worry too much about what kind of oil there might have been on the pan/grill.

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194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on February 01, 2013
at 11:29 AM

Look up menus online ahead of time. Call or email about menu items. I did this with my last eating out experience and it went pretty well.

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Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

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on February 01, 2013
at 04:00 AM

Sushi, sashimi...

C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

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on February 03, 2013
at 07:14 AM

parasites? don't you worry about those?

Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

(2799)

on February 04, 2013
at 05:30 PM

I worry a bit about mercury, parasites don't seem common enough to worry about.

70c75942b975919dfbed8dddbd767b60

(289)

on April 08, 2013
at 05:03 PM

Careful, I know that Whole Foods puts canola oil in some of the sushi rice (I think it's the brown rice, not the white).

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on February 01, 2013
at 03:52 AM

If you go out occasionally, vitamin E might reduce the damage from PUFA, including vegetable oils. Make sure to get a mix of natural tocopherols, not tocotrienols. More info.

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