Last week DiseaseProof looked at what "Eat to Livers" might order from the Friday's menu. This week we're serving up IHOP's menu.
Here's the question: You follow the Eat to Live plan, but your buddies are grabbing a bite to eat at the local IHOP. What do you do? This is a real trip to the dark side of nutrition. Without refined sugar, flour, and meat, it's not clear there'd be much to eat at IHOP at all!
There is hardly a meal on the menu at IHOP that's going help your jeans fit better, so your options are about the only thing that's likely to be slim at this place. (You might even consider smuggling in a head of romaine.) But we are intrepid souls, and will do our best to make a reasonably healthy meal...
If cheese and fried food were part of the Eat to Live plan, you'd be in nirvana. There's tons of oily gooey goodness here---skip these menu items entirely. If you really want an appetizer order a house salad with no croutons and get the dressing on the side. It's your safest bet.
The menu is dominated by refined sugar and flour based breakfast food (pancakes, French toast, waffles, etc.), but there are non-breakfast foods as well. If you're hell-bent on breakfast try the Harvest Grain 'N Nut Pancakes ("hearty grains, wholesome oats, almonds and English walnuts") and beg for some fresh fruit to go on top instead of those sugary fruit toppings and whipped cream.
If you're not in a breakfast mood give the Grilled Chicken Cesar Salad a whirl (with or without the chicken). Ditch the croutons and you have a nice pile of greens, granted you have the Parmesan cheese to contend with, but since you've decided to stay and eat, be prepared to make concessions.
You might be tempted by the Spinach salad. What could be more healthy than that? But check out what comes with it: "hickory smoked bacon pieces, tomatoes, shredded Parmesan cheese, Bleu cheese crumbles and diced, crispy-fried chicken. Tossed in a delicious honey mustard dressing and served with toasted garlic bread." That leaves you with a bowl of spinach and tomatoes--or the the vast majority of your calories from those things up at the top of Dr. Fuhrman's pyramid that are best eaten only "rarely."
Another option is the Grilled Cod Hollandaise. Tell the waiter to hold off on the sauce and order it with salad, vegetable and potato. That's not too painful.
You've got problems here. Like Friday's menu, you can forget finding any Fuhrman-friendly selections. The three choices all include ice cream. Resist the urge and treat yourself to some fresh fruit later.
Yup, maintaining nutritional excellence can be tough and not every situation is conducive to the plan, but do your best to be smart about it. That's what I do.