So of all the foods I loved I can't live without sushi (odd growing up a poor Italian American stuffed with delicious homemade pasta all the time). I have heard a lot of mixed reviews on eating the stuff from people saying it is fine to people saying it is terrible. I can live with only eating it once or twice a month. So far I haven't noticed any really problems with the exception of a one-two day stall in weight loss ( I am trying to lose weight as I had gotten up to 350 lbs.) Then again this stall could be because when I do eat sushi, I eat a lot! My girlfriend and I who are both paleo (but fairly new) will usually both get the all you can eat and easily down 30 nigiri each and split about 3 rolls. other than that occasional binge or the maybe once a week screw it I am going to have some mayo or cheese in this one meal we are pretty paleo. Like I said I haven't noticed any real problems with teh sushi personally but are there any reasons I may not know of to keep me from eating it? or do most of you have the same reaction to the occasional vinegared rice that is sushi?
There are many rice free options....besides sashimi served plain. My favorite chef always make's me a sashimi bowl. It has a wide selection of fish, sliced mangoes, sliced avocado, little lemon slices, cucumber noodles. Then he puts lemon juice, and my brought from home coconut aminos. So So SO GOOD. I also do the green mussel shooters, which are raw quail yolk, chopped mussel, and the sauce from above bowl, served on the half shell. You can live without the rice...the saki is another issue....damn it!
I find treat meals necessary to keep me sane, and as far as treat meals go, sushi is about as good as it gets.
To put this in perspective, my other treat meals include:
Those are all potentially wheat, dairy, industrial soy/seed oil, and CAFO meat bombs. Sushi isn't even in the same league with those.
Craig makes a good point about fish quality, though. This problem can be solved by learning to make your own sushi at home, where you can control all the ingredients. Personally, I find it fun to make sushi at home, especially with a group where everyone takes a turn, and we all share the results.
sushi is one of the "healthy" cheats for me. I often order the seaweed salad, even though it usually has a little sugar and soy in it. I agree with making it at home, to make it more paleo and to save money, because it is really expensive. I revently invented a paleo "soy" sauce that tastes better than the coconut aminos and is cheaper. 1 table spoon of balsalmic vinegar, one table spoon of toasted sesame oil and 2 table spoons of fish sauce. I use squid brand, the brand may make a difference in the taste. I also made seaweed salad at home and juiced some tangerines in place of the sugar.
To answer your question about it being healthy, that depends on several factors. There are concerns about murcury in fish, especially raw fish. Try to avoid the larger fish like tuna, because murcury bioaccumulates and is higher in bigger fish. If you eat tuna once and a while and maintain your silenium levels, it should not be a problem. I recently read an article about murcury and silenium, the silenium blocks murcury absorbtion to as long as the fish has more silenium than murcury it should not be a problem.
I live in LA and you can get rolls without the rice. Here's a recipe for rolls with cauliflower rice. Remember that California Rolls (and others) are little sugar bombs due to the rice. If none of this helps, read this Robb Wolf blog.
To me, its less about the rice and more about the quality (or lack thereof) of the farmed fish. I would recommend sticking with the scallops. Mark Sisson wrote an article about healthy farmed seafood that can be found here.
I love sushi as well, but I order mine without rice! Sometimes they'll replace it with cucumber or something... I find I have to order one or two more rolls than I would with the rice, to get enough food... but I feel much better afterwards, and it's honestly more satisfying! I'm low carbing and trying to lose about 40 lbs, so any kind of starch is the death of me for a couple of days. If you're trying to avoid stalling, I'd avoid the rice.
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