I ate like a vegan and didn’t know it

So today, I met a friend at Sticky Fingers in Columbia Heights for lunch, I ordered a grilled cheese, and unbeknownst to me it was a completely vegan dish!

Everyone should check it out, here are the ingredients they have in almost of their food:

• Dairy/lactose-free
• Egg-free
• Cholesterol-free
• Lower in saturated fat
• Safe for those with egg & dairy allergies
• Made with heart-healthy soy
• Sweetened primarily with evaporated cane juice
• Made with non-hydrogenated oils

You can view their menu here: http://stickyfingersbakery.com/menu/

Happy eating!

Scott

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3 Responses to I ate like a vegan and didn’t know it

  1. Bob Ewing says:

    Nice post Scott! Good to hear you’re on the lookout for tasty and healthy meals. This dish actually does a great job of pointing out the differences between the vegan diet and the primal diet.

    Vegans often abstain from meat eating for ethical reasons (as I did myself for years), while primal eaters focus on nutritional science. According the the primal outlook, the primary objective of diet should be to eat foods that make us healthy, in particular foods that our bodies are designed to eat.

    Primal advocates believe that hormones play a pivotal role in shaping our bodies, and insulin in particular needs to be kept in check as its the primary regular of body fat. Chronically elevated insulin is at the heart of most chronic diseases affecting society: notably obesity and diabetes, as well as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimers. Insulin gets raised when sugar is put into the bloodstream. Because most carbs — even whole grains — break down into sugar inside our bodies, paleo folks stay away from them.

    Therefore, grilled cheese would be off the primal menu because of the bread. Further, all sugars affect our bodies in pretty much the same way, so organic cane juice is just as off limits as plain old sugar (despite the fancy marketing). We believe that dietary fats have been unfairly demonized, especially saturated fat. Eggs therefore can be eaten in unlimited quantities. We also tend to stay away from soy due to its potential affect on hormones.

    And since the cholesterol we eat has little to no bearing on the cholesterol in our bloodstream, we don’t worry so much about eating foods high in cholesterol. In fact, cholesterol is a very good thing, as Peter Attia points out on his fantastic blog: http://eatingacademy.com/ Instead, we focus on triglycerides — which we need to survive, but rise to dangerous levels when we consume too many carbs.

    Thanks again! I look forward to your next post.

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