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The restaurant continuum

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 28, 2011 at 2:46 AM

I've heard it said that you could gauge a person's health by how much they eat out at restaurants. The more you eat out, the sicker you are.

From personal experience I would agree, even two restaurant meals in 2-3 days will leave me feeling worse (even with 'good' places).

Does anyone have any info about this? It's quite hard to measure but I would certainly believe it. I suppose epidemiological studies would support it but just curious if anyone here has anything.

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5cbd326041fead0c1ec71fbd106ef083

on June 28, 2011
at 11:38 PM

I, too, feel great eating out. I normally dine at small, chef-owned restaurants, and most use local, fresh ingredients. The food is awesome, the wine is good; add some friends and a babysitter, and life just got perfect. :-)

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on June 28, 2011
at 08:34 PM

Yeah, I tend to eat out for foods that I can't make for myself, at least not inexpensively/easier. The other night we went out for ribs. I make terrible ribs.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 28, 2011
at 08:29 PM

The dishes are at least 80% of why I eat out.

D2e6eb2ab91f5e11589cf34b44b8e4cd

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on June 28, 2011
at 08:20 PM

Same here! The cleaner your diet, the more you will "feel" the crap! I took my kids to a movie and let them have a small popcorn (and refused that butter flavored oil they tried to put on top). I was hungry so I ate a small handful, thinking it probably wouldn't hurt. I have been nursing a headache all day! Never again!

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on June 28, 2011
at 01:29 PM

Ali, Thanks for the info about Carrabba's - I will check them out locally. Especially if it turns out that I can eat their mussels which I remember as being SERIOUSLY good. Have you ever had them?

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:26 AM

yeah my inclination is also bad oils. I don't necessarily get that 'gluten' feeling, just an overall decline in health.

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7cf45aaa9478fcef7dd16914088ce480

on June 28, 2011
at 06:14 PM

Oh man... I love eating out. Everything about it. Science be damned!

The thing is, I was starting to develop a fear of eating food that others had prepared for me. I actually caught myself having a small panic attack one morning when trying to order a simple brunch- and I LOVE brunch. I didn???t feel like myself and I certainly was not enjoying some of life???s small pleasures. So, I made the decision to change my approach. My new motto when dining out is:

???Do your best. Don???t sweat it. Enjoy it.???

I???m starting to post about stress-free paleo dining in Portland, OR. My first post on it is here --> http://notinmoderation.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/portland-paleo-la-buca-italian-cafe/ and I plan on posting my second in the series later this week.

???Do your best. Don???t sweat it. Enjoy it.??? works for me. I stick to my diet (more or less) and actually enjoy the experience. Seriously. What do I have to stress about at a restaurant? They even do the dishes for me.

-Ryan Wilder

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 28, 2011
at 08:29 PM

The dishes are at least 80% of why I eat out.

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on June 28, 2011
at 01:07 PM

Definitely depends on the restaurant. Most places, even if they say they're healthy, use the cheapest ingredients they can get away with. They are running a business after all.

My hubby and I meet friends weekly for "All You Can Eat" Wings at a local place, but I no longer get the wings. The oil they are fried in upsets my stomach. I can barely wait an hour after the first round of wings before I need a bathroom. It's definitely the oil doing it, as I make sure to get a "good" wing sauce. I now get a salad topped with grilled chicken and use the wing sauce as a dressing. No digestive issues with this fix.

My favorite restaurant is Carrabba's. They are on the pricey side, but I think it's worth it for the higher quality food. I avoid the bread basket and steer clear of the pasta/pizza. They make everything from scratch and we always ask for the same waiter who knows I'm on a different eating plan. I'll ask him about specific ingredients and they have a big poster that he references in the back that tells him every single ingredient in each dish. I've never had a problem eating there (except that it's hard to resist the breaded calamari!).

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on June 28, 2011
at 01:29 PM

Ali, Thanks for the info about Carrabba's - I will check them out locally. Especially if it turns out that I can eat their mussels which I remember as being SERIOUSLY good. Have you ever had them?

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:23 AM

I have to agree for a few reasons and from experiments.

In San Francisco the restaurants are incredibly accommodating if you say you are Gluten Free. So I feel that gluten is not necessarily the biggest reason for feeling sick after eating out. I think it is the rancid industrial seed oils they use to cook in that makes for a lot of the sickness after eating out.

It's only my opinion of course, but I've been very careful to order gluten free and still gotten kinda sick after. For example: I ordered grilled heart skewers for dinner with a salad. They assured me that the meat had no flour on it. After, I had the familiar rushed digestion that I get when I ingest gluten, but I'm pretty sure I had none. I betcha they brushed oil on the meat to grill the skewers though. This makes me think the bad oils are potentially the more toxic item to me.

64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

(15236)

on June 28, 2011
at 03:26 AM

yeah my inclination is also bad oils. I don't necessarily get that 'gluten' feeling, just an overall decline in health.

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535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

on June 28, 2011
at 10:36 AM

Its bad for me mentally - I'll stress. I don't feel 'healed' enough already to eat foods which I don't know what has gone into it.

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7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

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on June 28, 2011
at 06:52 AM

I prefer to go to a few places but get to actually know the cooks and/or owners. This is especially important for me with my allergies (peanuts, nuts, soy) but might be a good thing for anyone who wants to eat healthy. They know I can't have margarine and don't eat bread, so I don't have to worry.

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1bd4ea62097aa99c8cbef8aa5d02db77

on June 28, 2011
at 03:43 AM

For me it's the opposite. Restaurants can afford much nicer food ingredients than I can on a regular basis (eg grass-fed beef, etc.). As long as you're in a nice place (and I mean an actual nice place, not a chain) and order something sensible, I always feel great after eating out. Not that I eat out more than once every few months or so, but when I do, I eat well.

5cbd326041fead0c1ec71fbd106ef083

on June 28, 2011
at 11:38 PM

I, too, feel great eating out. I normally dine at small, chef-owned restaurants, and most use local, fresh ingredients. The food is awesome, the wine is good; add some friends and a babysitter, and life just got perfect. :-)

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on June 28, 2011
at 02:51 AM

There is something in a lot of restaurant food that sets my stomach off. I often come home with cramps and a "forced trip" to the bathroom, probably 2 times out of 3 when eating out.

I am not sure if it is some kind of oil, or food preservative, or what. It is really a bummer. I eat processed foods very infrequently (a few times a year) so it could be that I've grown sensitive to something in your typical restaurant fare.

D2e6eb2ab91f5e11589cf34b44b8e4cd

(930)

on June 28, 2011
at 08:20 PM

Same here! The cleaner your diet, the more you will "feel" the crap! I took my kids to a movie and let them have a small popcorn (and refused that butter flavored oil they tried to put on top). I was hungry so I ate a small handful, thinking it probably wouldn't hurt. I have been nursing a headache all day! Never again!

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D2e6eb2ab91f5e11589cf34b44b8e4cd

on June 28, 2011
at 08:17 PM

With us, eating out was such a convience, a source of entertainment for us. Plus it was "lazy" because we didn't have to cook or clean up. Since going Paleo/Primal we have really just gotten use to preparing, cooking, and yes even cleaning up at home! I prefer it to eating out. We have eaten out a few times in the last few months, and it is always a diappointment! Even at Moe's, where the steak on my salad is grass-fed, I see them divy out the meat like it's gold. I never get enough on there! Plus it's probably cooked it canola oil. I leave telling myself-I could have made a better (tasting) salad! So for me, it is a better experience to make it myself. I have grown way too picky! :)

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 28, 2011
at 08:34 PM

Yeah, I tend to eat out for foods that I can't make for myself, at least not inexpensively/easier. The other night we went out for ribs. I make terrible ribs.

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