Sunday, November 21, 2010

An egg is not just an egg everywhere!

So, in this journey there have been many occasions in which I have had to eat outside of my home.  As I have learned....this is NOT an easy task.  Traveling, vacations, last minute lunches, unplanned events all lead to the need to eat in a restaurant of some sort.  I have tried my best to make the most "yeast free" choices possible when I have had to eat out. However, today I decided to "look up" exactly what is in the "choices" I have been making.  

Not pleasant! Not pleasant at all people!  

You see many times I have stopped by McDonald's (yup, red flag right there!) for breakfast in a hurry.  The kids have gotten pancakes and I have gone for the what I thought was a good "yeast free" choice by getting eggs.  Sometimes with the sausage patty, although I can  not lie. I have known that there must be something BAD in the patty. Not sure what.  But it just can't be the same as my nitrate free sausage I have at home.  Well, apparently, eggs are not just eggs everywhere.  Oh, it might start out as just as egg.  But the time the restaurant is done with has soo much more to offer. Ingredients that, well, make the egg something other than just an egg.  It's a shame really.  Poor egg.  It just wants to be an egg. It's what God designed it for.  Another choice I have made is when we stop at Chick Fil-A (you know...cause it's MUCH healthier than the other places)I have gotten the grilled chicken salad.  I take off the little amount of cheese, but everything else is ok.  I even take along my spray bottle of olive oil to embarrass my children if we go inside to eat.  I have to confess, I have also eaten a few chicken nuggets when a salad was just not what I wanted or I was driving in which a salad is very difficult to manage.  How bad can those little nuggets be?  It's Chick- Fil-A for pete's sake! 

Well, here is the bad news.  I should add that I am not surprised by any of this.  I "should" have known.  But seriously, when you order a scrambled egg, don't you think you are getting just that?  Here is the ingredients list for a few items at McDonalds and Chick Fil-A.  Now I am starting to understand WHY it is taking me so long to become yeast free......hummfff...


Sausage Patty:
Pork, whey protein concentrate, water, seasoned with (salt, corn syrup solids, spices, dextrose, sugar, spice extractives, caramel color), preservatives (BHA, propyl gallate, BHT and citric acid).
CONTAINS: MILK. (really? sausage contains milk?!) 

Scrambled Eggs:
Pasteurized whole eggs with sodium phosphate, citric acid and monosodium phosphate (all added to preserve color), nisin preparation (preservative). Prepared with Liquid Margarine: Liquid soybean oil, water, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, salt, hydrogenated cottonseed oil, soy lecithin, mono-and diglycerides, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate (preservatives), artificial flavor, citric acid, vitamin A palmitate, beta carotene (color).

Chick-fil-A® Chargrilled Chicken Garden Salad: 
Ingredients: 100% natural whole breast filet, seasoning (sugar, salt, dextrose, garlic powder, onion powder, maltodextrin (corn based), autolyzed yeast extract, spice, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate flavor, paprika [color]), seasoning (salt, sugar, spices, and paprika), butter flavored vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated soybean oil, palm kernel oil, lecithin, artificial flavor, TBHQ, beta carotene), rice starch and potassium phosphate, romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce, carrots, grape tomatoes, broccoli, red cabbage, Monterey/Cheddar cheese blend (Monterey Jack cheese [cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes], cheddar cheese [cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes, annatto color], powdered cellulose to prevent caking).

chicken nuggets:
100% natural whole breast meat with no fillers or additives, seasoning (salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices), seasoned coater (enriched bleached flour [with malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid], sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening [baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate], spice, soybean oil, color [paprika]), milk wash (water, whole powdered egg and nonfat milk solids), peanut oil (refined peanut oil with TBHQ added to preserve freshness and Dimethyl silicone to inhibit foaming).

So there you have it.  The good, the bad, and the really ugly!  What are the 3 things to avoid (whether you are on a yeast free diet or not)?  
1.  All corn
2.  All peanuts
3.  All Soy

Ommm...go back and read the ingredients. 

 No more eggs for me outside of home.  No more grilled chicken salads at the "healthy" place.  
Eating out is going to become nonexistent for a while.
just in time for the Holidays!


Noelle's dad said...

Hi Karen Chris Stephens here - on week 3 of trying to get yeast free. While I had none of the aggravating or painful symptoms (it's ok - you can hate me), it definitely seems worth trying to get clean before it gets any worse. I am dying for a brownie - every night I get such a craving for sugar - and I used to eat cookies, candy bars, or ice cream just about every night. And then seconds!
Now its almost 3 weeks without any sugar like that - and trying just eggs, meat, and veggies, some nuts, and sugar free yogurts (which is a bit nasty).

At first i didn't even want to spit in the glass because I didn't want to give up my favorite food group - chocolate, but I did anyway. I have been procrastinating to get the PH test because I fear that it will say I need to give up coffee also and - well, sometimes you gotta draw the line somewhere! LOL Going to the Vitamin Shoppe tomorrow to get some probiotics, the anti-fungals you have listed, and the PH test kit - and am going to add those in and try to see if I can start getting some die off. Not sure when that will happen - but hey I've lost about 11 pounds and like the way my pants are loose.

But back to my reason for writing - I know it has bread but I used to work at mcdonalds many years ago and at that time they used fresh eggs in the Egg McMuffin sandwich; which now I think can come in ham, sausage or maybe even just egg. You have to peel off the english muffin, but you get a scrambled real egg - unless that has changed. Still probably better to avoid it, but at least it might be a real egg

Karen said...

Yeah for you Chris!!! You actually DON'T have to have symptoms to have a yeast overgrowth problem! I am very proud of you for going forward with this! It is NOT easy but the benefits are SO worth it! The cravings you are having are from the yeast screaming for food. They want that ice-cream and cookies you are depriving them of! SO, they are having a fit because they are dying with it. I make the fruit slushies every day for my "sweet" fix. I use the frozen mixed berries, put a little real whipping cream in it, 1 cup hot water, some stevia....and drink up!
Do get the antifungals- diet is only a part of killing the yeast off. ( a MAJOR part) but you really need the antifungals to aid in the process.
Keep me posted on how you are doing!
You need to make my hamburger soup and almond meal bread...they are staples in my diet!
I will look into the egg thing! Thanks!