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    So, tomorrow my head of dept is taking the team for lunch as an out of office colleague is popping in. However, we work in a business park, and the only option is a chain pub. I'm not going to go for one of the meat or fish options, because they're not going to be exactly sustainable. Realistically, all there is on the list of foods I could eat are the sides - mixed leaf side salad, seasonal vegetables, and crispy potatoes, all at 1.99 each, so they're going to likely be quite small portions. I also know there'll likely be a great deal of vegetable oil involved too.

    Does this sound like a feasible lunch option - all three sides above? Or would you skip the potatoes? I know it's only a one off, but I've only been primal a couple of weeks and ideally wouldn't be off course so soon!

    Thanks guys!
    6 May 2014 - 149lbs
    15 May 2014 - 143lbs
    Goal - Healthy, lean, happy, somewhere around 9 stone.

  • #2
    Just get flat out drunk, flirt with the boss's wife and you won't have to worry about any future company excursions.


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    • #3
      Really, it's one meal and it's not going to hurt your progress in any huge way. Order fish or meat, what's wrong with that? What do you not sustainable? If you're worried about wild-caught fish being a species in danger of being over caught, print out a sustainability guide from the Monterey bay aquarium and choose a good option. I'm sure the restaurant will have more than one type of fish. As for meat, who cares if it's not organic, grass fed, and massaged daily? Screw the bad omega 3-6 ratios. It's ONE meal.

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      • #4
        Hah, thanks guys.
        6 May 2014 - 149lbs
        15 May 2014 - 143lbs
        Goal - Healthy, lean, happy, somewhere around 9 stone.

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        • #5
          I sympathise - I had a huge number of weddings, christenings, birthday dinners etc in my first three months of primal - don't go into the event too hungry (e.g. proper breakfast etc) and make the best choice you can at the time.

          Re the actual menu: If they have lamb, choose that as it will be grass fed (all UK lamb is). For keeping vegetable oil consumption down, anything fried ('crispy') will be cooked in vegetable oil (don't even bother asking what kind of fat), so veg or a salad is probably a better idea.

          But yeah - Damiana is right: worrying is as physically bad for you as eating less-than-optimal food.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Damiana View Post
            Really, it's one meal and it's not going to hurt your progress in any huge way. Order fish or meat, what's wrong with that? What do you not sustainable? If you're worried about wild-caught fish being a species in danger of being over caught, print out a sustainability guide from the Monterey bay aquarium and choose a good option. I'm sure the restaurant will have more than one type of fish. As for meat, who cares if it's not organic, grass fed, and massaged daily? Screw the bad omega 3-6 ratios. It's ONE meal.

            The stress will kill you before the food will.
            This.

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            • #7
              Thanks both. I'm a pretty relaxed person, believe it or not, but have colleagues with eyes on stalks whenever I eat anything because my diet is heavily influenced by ethics (an ex-vegan right here) so being able to explain my choice is important to me. But hey ho, I eat junk like everyone else sometimes too! I can't see any lamb on the menu, but there may well be specials. Thanks!
              6 May 2014 - 149lbs
              15 May 2014 - 143lbs
              Goal - Healthy, lean, happy, somewhere around 9 stone.

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              • #8
                These situations are what the 20% rule is for. I'd get a basic meat and potatoes or meat and salad option if they have it.
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                • #9
                  Get a salad, get it with steak or fish, have them put the dressing on the side, and ask them for olive oil and vinegar as a dressing instead, if you don't like naked salads.
                  "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Drumroll View Post
                    Get a salad, get it with steak or fish, have them put the dressing on the side, and ask them for olive oil and vinegar as a dressing instead, if you don't like naked salads.
                    This is my plan A. It works well in small restaurants but US chains almost never have olive oil on the premises. Boo chains.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by picklepete View Post
                      This is my plan A. It works well in small restaurants but US chains almost never have olive oil on the premises. Boo chains.
                      Some chains you're lucky if they have meat to put on the salad that's not breaded and fried.

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                      • #12
                        Honestly, if you don't want to eat the food and then have to deal with people questioning you, I just would not go. Call in sick, feign illness or have water.

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                        • #13
                          Thanks again all - wise words. I'm going for sure, I only see the colleague that's coming for lunch twice a year as she works from home. Though only having water would really get them taking, hehe!
                          6 May 2014 - 149lbs
                          15 May 2014 - 143lbs
                          Goal - Healthy, lean, happy, somewhere around 9 stone.

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