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Old 07-12-2017, 08:14 AM
 
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LOL keep dreaming. A lot of these restaurants use excessive amounts of butter and/or oil in everything they make. In many cases even a salad at one of these places has more calories than a Big Mac.
Butter is not the devil you think it is. It is much healthier than, say, margarine.

Fried chicken salad with bacon and cheese with a creamy dressing would indeed have more calories than a Big Mac. But you usually see those sorts of salads at places like Cheesecake Factory, Applebees, etc. Mid range restaurants. I've never seen a salad like that at a really high end restaurant. They tend to make things simple, and will pair greens and veggies with a little olive oil and juices or vinegar. If you have lobster, no matter how much butter you dip it in, it's not going to be more than 300 or so calories.

Generally, the simpler the food the better. It's all the additives in a lot of foods that make them bad for us.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Butter is not the devil you think it is. It is much healthier than, say, margarine.

Fried chicken salad with bacon and cheese with a creamy dressing would indeed have more calories than a Big Mac. But you usually see those sorts of salads at places like Cheesecake Factory, Applebees, etc. Mid range restaurants. I've never seen a salad like that at a really high end restaurant. They tend to make things simple, and will pair greens and veggies with a little olive oil and juices or vinegar. If you have lobster, no matter how much butter you dip it in, it's not going to be more than 300 or so calories.

Generally, the simpler the food the better. It's all the additives in a lot of foods that make them bad for us.
You're correct.

The scare mongering of certain ingredients in the past has pretty much been proven false. Butter, oils, avocados, eggs, etc. really are good for you. Of course you should consider the sources (grass fed cows produce much healthier butter for example), but these myths that fat and calories determine the health value of any given food has been thoroughly debunked in the last 5 years I think.

Personally, I eat high fat, medium protein with lots of veggies, practically no sugar. Never felt better.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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But I agree with the above advice on making the best of your visit and enjoying the "local flavor". Given the OP's interest in hookah lounges and late night watering holes, he must have a willingness to let it slide once in a while.
LOL yes, a curious post indeed.

I'm ok with getting wasted at the Wild Rover and smoking, but I draw the line at hamburgers.
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:04 AM
 
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Thank you for the options and advice .


No I'm not a super health freak. I travel frequently for work and sure do love to indulge on local grub and brews but I just wanted to have a few options for a lighter fare so I'm not eating 2,000+ calorie meals 3 times a day that I'm there
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Thank you for the options and advice .


No I'm not a super health freak. I travel frequently for work and sure do love to indulge on local grub and brews but I just wanted to have a few options for a lighter fare so I'm not eating 2,000+ calorie meals 3 times a day that I'm there
Intermittent fasting is my advice.
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:40 AM
 
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You're correct.

The scare mongering of certain ingredients in the past has pretty much been proven false. Butter, oils, avocados, eggs, etc. really are good for you. Of course you should consider the sources (grass fed cows produce much healthier butter for example), but these myths that fat and calories determine the health value of any given food has been thoroughly debunked in the last 5 years I think.

Personally, I eat high fat, medium protein with lots of veggies, practically no sugar. Never felt better.
1 tbsp of butter has exactly the same amount of calories as 1 tbsp of vegetable oil. There's nothing wrong with that but from a caloric intake perspective it's kind of irrelevant.
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:48 AM
 
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You said you love Indian food and I don't know where you're staying, but north of Boston is this restaurant in Salem. Passage to India | Authentic Indian Cuisine | Catering | Wine & Cocktails | Salem, MA

It's supposed to be one of the very best and it's easy to find too. Right on the main drag.
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Old 07-12-2017, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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1 tbsp of butter has exactly the same amount of calories as 1 tbsp of vegetable oil. There's nothing wrong with that but from a caloric intake perspective it's kind of irrelevant.
But the calories in vs calories out theory is rather flawed.

There

^Harvard Med School article about calories
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:56 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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1 tbsp of butter has exactly the same amount of calories as 1 tbsp of vegetable oil. There's nothing wrong with that but from a caloric intake perspective it's kind of irrelevant.
There's more to just calories, though, in considering the health value of a food.

100 calories of almonds or 100 calories of avocado are healthier for you than 100 calories of Froot Loops or 100 calories of sweet tarts.
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:18 PM
 
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Or high protein in a chick-fil-a vs that present in almonds.
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