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Restaurant Sweet potato fries

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Created October 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Hi Everyone!

So I was taken out to lunch today and I was concerned as I only started Paleo eating but I was able to chose where to eat. I was happy with my food choices: I had two courses with the first being scampi but I could take the batter off; the second was pork belly with pickled carrot and apple sauce with sweet potato fries. It was only afterwards that I realised the apple sauce was probably laidened with sugar (and is a fruit base anyway) but I had little of it and the sweet potato fries were probably deep fried in vegetable oil.

If my intention was to be as serious as possible for 30 days to see how I was coping and how I felt....just how badly has this thrown me off? Will I have to reset my 30 days? :(

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on March 29, 2013
at 12:42 PM

Hahaha, thank you! It's a true story! :)

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on March 29, 2013
at 01:46 AM

Completely unrelated but I really love your username!

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on March 28, 2013
at 09:36 PM

Because clearly you're someone with a great soul we should take notes from. Oh and for the record, it's 'your' not 'you're'. Then again I shouldn't be surprised at a poor level of grammar from a boy with such a limited vocabulary that he feels the need to swear in order to express his feelings.

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on October 12, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Yes, I was going to mention that -- it's very difficult to make sweet potato fries w/o coating them in a grain-based starch. They do not naturally 'crisp' very well. Everyone should remember that sweet potato fries are likely not to be paleo.

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on October 12, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Yeah similarly to above I just need to be aware and eliminate as much rubbish as I can. I tend to go full whack at things and attempt to do everything 100% which sometimes just isn't feasible. I was trying to see how my body would react eliminating everything which is the scientist in me but as a realist I just want to enjoy life and do the best I can when I can. Paleo is about knowledge, not restrictions and what's right or wrong. I need to learn to chill and not feel bad, that's not what it's about! You're definitely right, I am certainly learning it's so hard to be strictly Paleo!! :)

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on October 12, 2012
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That's my problem, I'm such a perfectionist! I am realising though that my life at the minute means 100% Paleo just isn't possible, well possible for me anyway. I can stop eating out and stop drinking but there will undoubtedly be something I do which will not.be right like consuming a peice of bacon that's cone from a pack so has nitrates or nitrites in it etc. This is about knowledge and empowering myself to make better decisions for my health; not a short term target exercise. I just need to be patient, aware and relax: don't want to raise my cortisol levels! :) Thank you!

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on October 12, 2012
at 03:08 PM

It's pretty hard to eat out and stay strict Paleo. Almost all restaurants use vegetable oils or grain oils in cooking. If you're serious about trying 100% Paleo, don't eat out.

That being said, the effects depend on your goals. If, like me, you're just trying to be healthier, a few cheats aren't a big deal. It's not a binary switch where one minute you're a healthy Paleo and the next you're not. Your body is way more resilient and complicated than that.

However, if your goal is to really study how your body reacts to Paleo, you should remove those cheats, because you can never know how much they'll obfuscate your results.

My advice is that you should stick to your original goal and try to be as Paleo as possible. You'll learn a lot (like how freaking hard it is to stay 100% Paleo all the time).

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

(637)

on October 12, 2012
at 04:13 PM

Yeah similarly to above I just need to be aware and eliminate as much rubbish as I can. I tend to go full whack at things and attempt to do everything 100% which sometimes just isn't feasible. I was trying to see how my body would react eliminating everything which is the scientist in me but as a realist I just want to enjoy life and do the best I can when I can. Paleo is about knowledge, not restrictions and what's right or wrong. I need to learn to chill and not feel bad, that's not what it's about! You're definitely right, I am certainly learning it's so hard to be strictly Paleo!! :)

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on October 12, 2012
at 03:26 PM

Don't put perfection ahead of progress. Yes, you're better off avoiding crap like added sugar and vegetable oils, but minimizing them produces the majority of the benefits.

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

(637)

on October 12, 2012
at 04:06 PM

That's my problem, I'm such a perfectionist! I am realising though that my life at the minute means 100% Paleo just isn't possible, well possible for me anyway. I can stop eating out and stop drinking but there will undoubtedly be something I do which will not.be right like consuming a peice of bacon that's cone from a pack so has nitrates or nitrites in it etc. This is about knowledge and empowering myself to make better decisions for my health; not a short term target exercise. I just need to be patient, aware and relax: don't want to raise my cortisol levels! :) Thank you!

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on March 28, 2013
at 08:50 PM

Voltaire said "The perfect is the enemy of the good", which applies to Paleo diets too.

Sweet potato fries are usually coated in some other kind of starch (often flour, sometimes potato starch or tapioca) before they are fried, otherwise they don't get crispy. So this isn't really a great thing to get in restaurants for multiple reasons, the fact that they're probably fried in rancid vegetable oil, and the added bonus of some gluten. If it is an option, I would get roasted sweet potatoes instead.

Eating in restaurants can be tricky but over time I have learned to just keep it simple, grilled meats and salads. Most of the starches vary from mediocre to terrible. There was a recent thread here about restaurant food.

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on October 12, 2012
at 04:40 PM

You don't have to do anything. It's all voluntary. If you're satisfied with the results after 30 days, despite the "cheat", then that's fine. If you're not, give it a little longer and see if it improves.

What you can't do is say, "I did whole30 except for this one time I ate out, and still have issues, so whole30 obviously doesn't work for me".

(Also, keep in mind that restaurant sweet potato fries are usually coated in some sort of grain-based starch, in addition to being fried in inappropriate oil.)

E2d885a66875eb01e931d369fac7353c

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on October 12, 2012
at 04:51 PM

Yes, I was going to mention that -- it's very difficult to make sweet potato fries w/o coating them in a grain-based starch. They do not naturally 'crisp' very well. Everyone should remember that sweet potato fries are likely not to be paleo.

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on March 28, 2013
at 09:51 PM

I pretty much figure that everything in a restaurant is suboptimal, unless specified. Of course vinegar is vinegar... etc. But, pretty much any time a cheaper alternative can be used it will be. Again, unless it's a selling point. But, even sometimes then you're not getting what you think.

I worked at a restaurant that routinely served pork as 'wild boar' and a mixture of ground chicken thighs ground pork as 'pheasant'. I honestly do not believe it's a rare occurrence.

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on October 12, 2012
at 05:10 PM

you are likely to get "glutened" by almost any restaurant fried food due to cross-contamination from gluten-containing foods that have been cooked in the same fryer. The hot oil acts as a superconductor contaminating otherwise gluten-free foods. Plain french fries are listed on many gluten food lists for this reason. This could also be a contributor to the bloating you are feeling. I would say anything deep-fried at a restaurant is off limits and also consider the likelihood that the fat the food has been fried in will be overused, rancid, or of otherwise poor quality.

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on October 12, 2012
at 04:17 PM

Well if anything I've learnt what I ate hasn't agreed with me. Feeling VERY bloated and fatigued right now. I think need more fresh veggies, less starch and fewer rubbish fats! Everyday is a school day and cloud has a silver lining! :)

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on March 28, 2013
at 08:07 PM

Shut the fuck up, you all suck. Go out and enjoy eating, it's good for you're soul.

C68f0b374156e5ce7a9b8358232bfed0

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on March 28, 2013
at 09:36 PM

Because clearly you're someone with a great soul we should take notes from. Oh and for the record, it's 'your' not 'you're'. Then again I shouldn't be surprised at a poor level of grammar from a boy with such a limited vocabulary that he feels the need to swear in order to express his feelings.

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