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Old 05-24-2017, 19:45   #1
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We're going out of town for the first time since I've had to eat LCHF, and we're going to be eating at restaurants, which I never do at home. I realized it's going to be a challenge ordering at restaurants unless I just want a steak! Even a salad is too large at a restaurant and will have too many carbs just from the lettuce (unless I get it at a salad bar where I can load up on egg, bacon bits and cheese ). So, I was hoping to get some suggestions from those of you who have done this for awhile on what to order, where to go (maybe)....anything will help.

I know I'm going to 'mess up' at some point since we're going to my niece's wedding, and I want a few bites of cake... It's also my birthday, and if it wasn't a week like this, I'd give myself a "bad girl" day normally. But with all the other stuff, I don't want to be toooo bad....

So, I guess I need some guidance.

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My wife and I are retired and we travel and eat out more than we did when I was working. I have been living LCHF since I started in April of 2015.

Actually, I never find it difficult to order in restaurants or when we travel by car and get 'fast food'. As you know getting some form of meat with side of vegetables is easy. I then frequently ask if I can substitute another veggie instead of some form of potatoes. Most all restaurants will be glad to do this. My wife is not diabetic but she follows much of what I do to help her keep a healthy weight. Therefore when a waiter try's to bring is bread for our table, we just say no thanks, again most restaurants are used to this because many people choose not to eat bread.

I of course stay away from any form of breading, so if I order chicken I asked for baked or I order fried chicken and take the skin off.

That's about it for restaurants.... order meat and two veggies, I also always want a side salad with Blue Cheese Dressing or sometimes Italian Dressing. I ask for the dressing on the side so I can taste it to make sure it is not sweet...if your not sure, use fresh squeezed lemon wedges for dressing....tastes great and is low carb.

Mexican Restaurant - Order Chile Relleno (Make sure the are dipped in egg batter then fried with cheese inside). I also order Fajitas, less the taco shells...

Fast food, I order hamburger with all the fixing except mustard instead of ketchup or special sauce. I eat this with the top bun taken off, using the bottom bun to hold it while I nibble away the meat paddies with all the fixings. It is a bit messy, but once you get the feel of it, it is not hard to do....and very yummy.

Kentucky Fried Chicken...I stop at these when driving on trips and they are fairly easy to find. They have very good 'Baked Chicken' and it too is finger licking good! Then add their green beans and you have a nice meal...

This stuff is something you just do....it is not hard, just jump in and do it! The only places I never go is for Pizza or Chinese Food....I just cannot find a meal that is not high carb.....

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I'm like div2liv, I don't find it difficult to eat low-carb at restaurants. I will also bring along some fat - either a package of mayo from fast-food places (the full-fat kind) or a small bottle of olive oil to complement my meal with more fat. If the place has real butter, that's even better.

My only difficulty in restaurants is to also eat gluten-free. But I find that most restaurants a step above fast food are pretty good about bringing me food that no bread has touched.

There's a Mexican restaurant near us that we frequently eat at. Their flour tortillas are packaged in foil and served on a separate plate (unless its a burrito or enchilada , of course), so eating there is easy and there are several meals that I can have, even with the gluten issue. Meat, cheese, peppers, guacamole - low-carb delights! I often get tacos in a hard shell (which I scoop out) and a guacamole salad. More than enough.

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Life is short; have a good time when it presents itself; feel guilty on your death bed if you need to.

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Thanks for the advice. I guess the restaurant thing isn't as bad as i imagined. I don't get out often as I also have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia, both which have kept me mostly housebound for over 25 years now(ouch, I hadn't added up the years in awhile). I also have stomach sensitivities which prevent me from eating gassy veggies (the ones without carbs, of course!, like broccoli, cauliflower, and things like peppers, onions...) SO, as thin as I am, it's a daily challenge even without going out.
I brought an ice chest full of cheese and sandwich meats to eat on the road and in the hotel rooms. Also a bag FULL of nuts .
Today is the bridal shower, and I imagine the only thing there I can 'legally' eat is nuts......aw, nuts! Tomorrow is the wedding, and I'm definitely having a few bites of cake. I haven't had any since I've been diagnosed, so...not too bad.

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Watch out, the only nuts that are reasonable carbs are pecans, walnuts, and sometimes a few almonds....other than that they too are of the list of carb healthy foods.....

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Watch out, the only nuts that are reasonable carbs are pecans, walnuts, and sometimes a few almonds....other than that they too are of the list of carb healthy foods.....

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I eat a lot of pistachios @ 8gms per 1/2 cup at night. I like them because they take awhile to eat taking the shells off. Doesn't seem to make my BGS spike.

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Sholleman....
You are right, I actually like eating pistachios also...

I by my almonds, pecans, and walnuts in the shell....for the same reason it takes time to eat a few and I actually love cracking them. I get mine from nuts.com, they are fresh and they have a soft shelled pecan, which is easier to crack.....

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I eat a lot of pistachios @ 8gms per 1/2 cup at night. I like them because they take awhile to eat taking the shells off. Doesn't seem to make my BGS spike.
Hi Sholleman, I'm a newbie, so I'm learning my way around. One of the sites recommended to me listed all the low carb/high carb foods categorized by types, such as fruits, veggies, fats, nuts, meats, even alcohol.

Pistachios were on the high carb end of the nuts. Pecans are on the low carb end, and I believe peanuts and almonds are in the middle. Maybe, you should eat pecans instead of pistachios or maybe eat 1/4 cup vice 1/2 cup. Good luck to you.

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... and macadamia nuts are the lowest in carbs and highest in fats. (Also the most expensive

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