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    My boss is providing an office lunch for a meeting we have today. It's from Olive Garden and this is what I'll be ordering since its the most primal friendly fare I can find.

    Venetian Chicken
    "Grilled chicken breast in an apricot citrus sauce. Served with broccoli, asparagus and diced tomatoes."


    You guys have surprised me the past few weeks by providing information on common foods that contain things I had no idea they did. I want to know, what kind of crap would Olive Garden be adding to a meal like this, or would this be A-Okay to eat?

    You guys blow me away with your depth of knowledge, so I thought maybe this could generate some interesting results!

  • #2
    This seems like a very viable option. Olive Garden does not have many primal choices. And, in fact, I think I ordered this last time I went there in March for my sisters birthday!!

    I think this was it and it was really good! Enjoy it
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    • #3
      Their salad is good too - you could get it with the dressing on the side and no croutons.

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      • #4
        the only cause for concern is the chicken probably has been raised with hormones in a cage, and the sauce is going to have canola in it.

        lately Ive been really fearful of canola and other vegetable oils used so much in commercial kitchens. im like, how much are they using? probably a lot. but, somethings you cant avoid, like a work-meeting. My view is that I usually avoid these things, so when I do find myself at a restuarant, I feel like my healthy body will be able to deal with all of it. How many of your coworkers lift heavy things, do crossfit, supplement with Omega 3s and such, and eat primally? probably none. So youre way ahead of the game, as you know. I wouldnt sweat it to much, as its outside of your control.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lmyers04 View Post
          the only cause for concern is the chicken probably has been raised with hormones in a cage, and the sauce is going to have canola in it.

          lately Ive been really fearful of canola and other vegetable oils used so much in commercial kitchens. im like, how much are they using? probably a lot. but, somethings you cant avoid, like a work-meeting. My view is that I usually avoid these things, so when I do find myself at a restuarant, I feel like my healthy body will be able to deal with all of it. How many of your coworkers lift heavy things, do crossfit, supplement with Omega 3s and such, and eat primally? probably none. So youre way ahead of the game, as you know. I wouldnt sweat it to much, as its outside of your control.
          Actually a lot of my co-workers lift heavy things when they haul themselves out of their chairs to go to the fridge.

          Wakka wakka wakka...

          In all seriousness, this is a great response and I'm definitely happy with the fact that over a year of being primal has probably equipped my body to be more than ready to handle a crummy restaurant meal every once in awhile. The beauty of eating this way is just how strong it makes us!

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          • #6
            The thing I fear most when going out to eat is shit cooked/fried in hydrogenated corn/soy/canola/vegetable oil. This stuff messes me up. I doubt olive garden uses olive oil.

            I went to a place for all you can eat wings and I could only eat 1dozen. I was expecting to eat at least 3 times that. I felt bloated and sick after the first batch.
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            • #7
              Weird... they have some decent beef options at dinner, but apparently none at lunch. I thought I was going to be stuck going to Olive Garden last weekend so I studied the dinner menu pretty well. =P I wonder why they don't think anyone wants beef for lunch?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by lmyers04 View Post
                My view is that I usually avoid these things, so when I do find myself at a restuarant, I feel like my healthy body will be able to deal with all of it.
                Amen. I so rarely "cheat" that I don't worry about long-term harm when I do. If the special occasion is worth the risk of a few hours' worth of bloaty, upset tummy, I'm cool with it...and sometimes, it doesn't even cost me that.
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                • #9
                  I had a hard time with olive garden . . I got soup salad and breadsticks, didnt eat the breadsticks. . ordered the sausage soup . . then eat everything but the potato. . ordered "vegetable" soup, and it was 99% bean
                  Starting Weight : 338lbs 6/11/2010
                  Current Weight: 266lbs
                  High-school Weight: 235lbs
                  Goal: ????

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                  • #10
                    Last time I went, I got salmon and broccoli. The salmon was pretty dry, but overall it was an OK meal.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Rivvin View Post
                      Actually a lot of my co-workers lift heavy things when they haul themselves out of their chairs to go to the fridge.

                      Wakka wakka wakka...

                      In all seriousness, this is a great response and I'm definitely happy with the fact that over a year of being primal has probably equipped my body to be more than ready to handle a crummy restaurant meal every once in awhile. The beauty of eating this way is just how strong it makes us!
                      word, I feel like PB makes the most sense because it enhances your over-all strength---something that a lot of cw diets definitely do not do! And, because of this, we are able to have continued success in day-to-day real-life situations (that often revolve around food) without seeming like a freak that cant eat anything (ahem....veganism).

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                      • #12
                        I've managed to make it this far without ever eating at the Olive Garden. I really wonder if I'll be able to walk the rest of my days without ever getting dragged into that place at some point by someone(at gun point perhaps?). I'm hoping that doesn't ever happen though.
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                        • #13
                          Rivvin, try the Mixed Grill! It's skewered marinated chicken and beef, comes with potatoes and grilled veggies. Ask for double veggies, have the salad and you're golden! Also grilled chicken spiedini w/vegetables instead of pasta or the Grilled shrimp appetizer, ignore the bread and add a salad......plus I think their salmon is always good but alittle pricey. Buon Appetito! They will sub out veggies for any pasta.
                          Last edited by Emmelle; 07-09-2010, 08:18 AM.

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                          • #14
                            I went out to the Olive Garden website and clicked on nutrition, here's what I found for Venitian Chicken (Lunch portion):

                            Calories 280
                            Total Fat 3(g)
                            Sat. Fat 1 (g)
                            Sodium 1180(mg)
                            Carbohydrates 32(g)
                            Fiber 8(g)

                            So except for the Sodium overload, I'd say your doing pretty good for commercial food.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Steve1907 View Post
                              I went out to the Olive Garden website and clicked on nutrition, here's what I found for Venitian Chicken (Lunch portion):

                              Calories 280
                              Total Fat 3(g)
                              Sat. Fat 1 (g)
                              Sodium 1180(mg)
                              Carbohydrates 32(g)
                              Fiber 8(g)

                              So except for the Sodium overload, I'd say your doing pretty good for commercial food.
                              I feel stupid, I never even though to look if they had nutritional info on their website. 32 carbs seems like a lot for those veggies, but I guess the sauce is adding to that.

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