Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sugar detox, day 20: FAIL

Sugar is everywhere. I was reminded of this last night, when we wound up meeting some friends at P.F. Chang's for dinner. We didn't plan on P.F. Chang's, so I didn't head out knowing or even imagining that I would find myself consuming sugar. I thought we were going to Bugatti's, where I always know I have at least three paleo options. But that didn't work out, and P.F. Chang's seemed to have everyone's vote. So we went.

I knew about their gluten-free menu, and I assumed that would be enough to keep me on track. WRONG! The gluten-free selections might not contain gluten, but they do contain sugar, rice wine vinegar, gluten-free soy sauce, oyster sauce and in some cases cornstarch. Why was I surprised? This is a chain establishment that serves what Carl and call engineered food. Of course it is full of sugar.

I spent about 10 minutes contemplating what to do. I could sip tea while everyone else ate. I could spend $13 on the one salad on the menu (hold everything except the lettuce and chicken) or I could just order something and let it go. It was already late and I didn't really want to sit there for two hours sipping tea, only to go home to scrambled eggs and carrot sticks. The salad didn't appeal to me either (it was cold and wet outside; I wanted something warm). So, I decided to just order something and let it go. Carl and I shared the gluten-free broccoli beef and the gluten-free sugar snap peas. And you know what, I think they must put about 3 tablespoons of sugar in each serving. The broccoli beef was so, so sweet. I thought I was just really sensitive since I haven't had sugar in three weeks, but no -- Carl (Mr. Sweet Tooth) agreed. Why on earth does broccoli beef need sugar? I make it at home without sugar all the time. And we like it MUCH better.

Anyway, I'm not happy about the experience but I decided not to give it a second thought. It is over and done, and I still feel like I've succeeded on the 21-Day Sugar Detox.


  1. I find it so frustrating when I am essentially 'forced' to consume sugar that isn't even enjoyable. It's one thing to have a deliberate cheat for something that you really want and that will really make you happy (maybe a special, decadent dessert at a nice restaurant); it's another thing entirely to have to consume sugar as part of a completely pedestrian meal that isn't even particularly appealing.

    I had a similar experience a few weeks ago. I tried to order the most Paleo items on the menu - steak, with veggies (no potato) on the side, and a salad - and I could tell that even the steak rub was loaded with sugar (as, of course, was the salad dressing).

  2. I absolutely agree! It IS so frustrating. The sugar is probably just a disguise for a substandard quality. Sadly, most people can't tell the difference.


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