I didn't have time to pack a lunch today, so I'll be getting some plain hamburgers (no bun) at McDonalds.
Are they thawed before cooking?
If so, any guess what that process might be? (like how long a thaw)?
Also, I'm thinking of fries or their vanilla ice cream.
What's a better choice?
(Sadly, I have an unrelated digestion issue which precludes me from getting a salad/fruit/veggies (unless blended), which of course would be a better choice).
The patties are tossed onto the grill in a frozen state. At least they were when I worked there. OMG, it's been, like, over 35 years... I quit when I heard they were gonna start doing breakfast.
I'd say it's a wash between the fries/ice cream. What's worse - oxidized high n6 veg oil or sugar/dairy/wheat(if you eat the cone)? I guess it depends on what intolerances (if any) you have. The ice cream sans cone is okay by Ray Peat (hahaha). Me? I love me some Micky D's fries...
Go to a grocery store and buy a whole cooked chicken. Peel the skin off if it has seasoning on it (usually loaded with msg). Some deli's even have mashed cauliflower, just ask what's in it first.
On average a McDonalds hamburger has bits of 1000 cows in it... Not too paleo.
If you have access to a microwave, there is a plethora of fresh animal and vegetable matter at any local grocery store -- e.g. fresh salmon and a sweet potato and can easily be microwaved.
McDonald's should never have to be a last resort. :-/
EDIT: ehow has a good writeup of how the hamburgers are made. It looks like it is from a frozen state to in the customer's mouth in 90 seconds.
You know, if I was really hungry, searching for the least harmful option available in my immediate vicinity, and someone said, "Why don't you just do an intermittent fast?", assuming I could restrain myself from slapping them, I'd probably say something like "Thanks for nothing," walk away, and have a cheeseburger without the bun.
Some piously paleo people relentlessly push abstemiousness, but I favor a "harm reduction" model. Eat multiple hamburgers without the bun, and/or the grilled chicken, and if you're not lactose/casein intolerant, maybe have plain milk or juice (instead of a shake or "ice cream"), and hope for the best. You can probably get enough calories in to prevent a more loathsome choice until your next proper meal.
Nothing about McDonald's is okay, but if I really had no other option and was desperate, I would do it. Dietary fidelity or perfection is a fantasy. Sometimes you need fuel more than you need anything else. Thankfully our bodies are mostly pretty good at handling challenges and healing. Consider it part of your "hormesis" program, and something that's perhaps not totally pleasant, but will nonetheless reinforce your commitment to doing better the rest of the time.
DON'T DO IT. Anything else is a better option. ESPECIALLY if you have digestion issues (like me). McDonald's burgers (even bunless), canola-fried fries and/or vanilla "frozen dessert" is very, very far from Paleo. I'm not even sure it's food.
To answer the question: their fries are not whole potatoes, they contain wheat flour, and do you really want that deep fried questionnable oil in your body?
God only knows about the source of their dairy and the sugar in the milk... I wouldn't have anything from there...
I understand not wanting to IF, but those options are pretty much on par with any poor vending machine choice...
If there were almonds int he vending machine, I would choose those, even if roasted in canola oil, over the McMeal.
My advice: make the best choices you can for today and take this as a lesson learned: pack your lunch. If you're able, leave some items in your desk or fridge or car for when you forget, always have a backup plan.
Isn't there anywhere else you could pick up some lunch? Of all places I'd go to for a lunch emergeny, I think Mc Donalds would be my very last choice. (Or maybe not, but then I would just call it a very bad cheat and enjoy it. Lack of bun isn't going to make it healthy.)
Just as an update, I ended up getting 2 double hamburgers (plain & no bun), and two plain Vanilla Sundays (plain - no topping).
2.5 hours later, I'm feeling less than optimal. I think the ice cream had a very negative effect from a blood sugar perspective. (Reminds me how I felt before going paleo).
I would like to thank everyone for the excellent points.
Trying to navigate low-histamine paleo without being able to eat salad & veggies is very tricky.
From a histamine perspective, having high-turn-over frozen beef from freezer to my plate really fast is great! Cooking chicken or beef for breakfast, then transporting to work in my lunch pale (even with my cold packs), and stored in the "dorm-type" refrigerator probably generates a bunch of histamines.
As a compromise, maybe I should nuke a sweet potato with kerrygold butter and just order the beef from mcdonalds to ensure low histamines.
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