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    How do you manage?

    My husband and I cook and eat most meals at home. He doesn't enjoy restaurant food much, and we both do our best to avoid vegetable oils, preservatives, etc. We're going to visit and stay with my family soon for a couple of months, and they eat most meals out (Chinese food), and for meals at home, cook with vegetable oil, soy, sauces with preservatives. Almost everyone we know like all the foods we avoid. What do you do when with company and you don't want to eat what they are eating? Especially if there's not much other options.

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    80/20 and when there choose the best options you can. It is not idea but if you are at a friends house and they have cooked in veg oil you will live.
    Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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    • #3
      1. Be a thoughtful houseguest. Offer to cook for them and buy all the food.

      2. Be a polite houseguest and eat what's on the menu, unless you have a severe allergy/intolerance. Eating out means you have some control over what ends up on your plate.
      Sandra
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sandra in BC View Post
        1. Be a thoughtful houseguest. Offer to cook for them and buy all the food.

        2. Be a polite houseguest and eat what's on the menu, unless you have a severe allergy/intolerance. Eating out means you have some control over what ends up on your plate.
        for the win!
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        • #5
          wow---you need to adhere to their food for a few months? I would def. offer to cook and take over that responsibility or at least try to cook for yourselves whenever possible.
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          • #6
            don't adhere to their food. buy your own and cook your own. this is your health we are talking about here...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dirlot View Post
              80/20 and when there choose the best options you can. It is not idea but if you are at a friends house and they have cooked in veg oil you will live.
              Lol, true! I always thought 80/20 would be for things I want to cheat on, not forced to!

              I know a few times here and there won't kill me, but not daily, which may be the situation...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Sandra in BC View Post
                1. Be a thoughtful houseguest. Offer to cook for them and buy all the food.

                2. Be a polite houseguest and eat what's on the menu, unless you have a severe allergy/intolerance. Eating out means you have some control over what ends up on your plate.
                Thanks for this reminder

                I would offer to cook, but most members of my family don't care for home-cooked food. They use things like hoisin sauce, char sui sauce, etc liberally, and like food to be very tasty. My mother can't stand coconut oil or butter. And they say very frankly they won't eat what I make (I love them anyway)!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by solstice View Post
                  wow---you need to adhere to their food for a few months? I would def. offer to cook and take over that responsibility or at least try to cook for yourselves whenever possible.
                  Thanks! This seems to be the best solution, just cooking for my dh, dd, and myself as much as possible.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by paul900 View Post
                    don't adhere to their food. buy your own and cook your own. this is your health we are talking about here...
                    The last few visits I've just gone along and eaten their food. The convenience of free food and not having to cook grows on you after awhile, especially in the big city where they live, where eating out is cheaper than cooking at home! But I do wish to stop this, and try to make a greater effort to make my own food.

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                    • #11
                      you might just mention that you would like to stick to eating as close as you do at home to avoid tummy issues so you all can enjoy your visit more. Perhaps phrasing it diplomatically with family and how you would hate to be a downer by not feeling 100% they will understand and the vacation will not revolve around food. Just a thought
                      Karin


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sandra in BC View Post

                        2. Be a polite houseguest and eat what's on the menu, unless you have a severe allergy/intolerance. Eating out means you have some control over what ends up on your plate.
                        Actually, dining out Chinese-style isn't like the western way where everyone can order their own appetizers and entrees. Food is ordered as a group and shared in the middle.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by athomeontherange View Post
                          you might just mention that you would like to stick to eating as close as you do at home to avoid tummy issues so you all can enjoy your visit more. Perhaps phrasing it diplomatically with family and how you would hate to be a downer by not feeling 100% they will understand and the vacation will not revolve around food. Just a thought
                          LOL, I mentioned something similar to my sister, and she replied, "But you've had preservatives your whole life!" and in reply to my not allowing her to feed my daughter cookies, "Don't you think she should grow up with normal food?"

                          Luckily, the last visit proved that my husband really is intolerant to the stuff they use in cooking, so that reason is valid

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by girlhk View Post
                            How do you manage?

                            My husband and I cook and eat most meals at home. He doesn't enjoy restaurant food much, and we both do our best to avoid vegetable oils, preservatives, etc. We're going to visit and stay with my family soon for a couple of months, and they eat most meals out (Chinese food), and for meals at home, cook with vegetable oil, soy, sauces with preservatives. Almost everyone we know like all the foods we avoid. What do you do when with company and you don't want to eat what they are eating? Especially if there's not much other options.
                            offer to cook
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by girlhk View Post
                              How do you manage?

                              My husband and I cook and eat most meals at home. He doesn't enjoy restaurant food much, and we both do our best to avoid vegetable oils, preservatives, etc. We're going to visit and stay with my family soon for a couple of months, and they eat most meals out (Chinese food), and for meals at home, cook with vegetable oil, soy, sauces with preservatives. Almost everyone we know like all the foods we avoid. What do you do when with company and you don't want to eat what they are eating? Especially if there's not much other options.
                              set up pylons around the bathroom and explain that a change in diet will result in more bathroom time
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                              F, 48, 5'10"
                              Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
                              Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)

                              Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.

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