Chipotle: Ethical and low carb

I would hate but....I've been there.

Here’s a follow up post to the one I just did on Chipotle, which is essentially the only restaurant chain I ever eat at.

Sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking and you really want to do the whole paleo thing. I have heard about apps like PaleoGoGo but ha! I am too poor to want an iPhone, I do not want an iPhone, and even if I had an iPhone, these apps don’t usually pertain to folks like me in rural areas. I can do this work myself; and I kind of enjoy it.

In order of ethical standards at Chipotle, here’s the deal. The pork is 100% outdoor raised, the beef 85%, and they are working on the chicken. Use that into your decision-making if you wish.

Here’s an example of the “typical burrito” that I used to get a few years ago (calculated with this nifty tool that Chipotle fans put together). I was a vegetarian then, so this includes no meat. Continue reading


Chipotle deserves some credit

I know I was guilty of it. I was letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. When Chipotle came out with its “Food with Integrity,” campaign/commitment, I have to admit that I was really skeptical. “It’s not enough.” I said. Being the annoying perfectionist that I can be. And I continued to rarely eat out anywhere. In other words, I put as much money into Chipotle as I put into Taco Bell: zero (essentially; this is definitely true for Taco Bell). Then one came to the town I currently live in; and it tore up the streets. People were out the door every single day for the entire first month that it was open. It was literal insanity. People camped overnight before it opened to get a taste of their food. Continue reading

Looking back: then and now, a few months later

Despite my laughable attempts at going Very Low Cab (VLC) whereas I still have yet to actually go VLC about 10 days in, I have made a lot of progress. This is why I am being public about my macro-ratios, to show that this stuff doesn’t happen overnight for everyone. I am definitely one of those “slow and steady” people when it comes to making positive changes in my life. I would call cutting my carbohydrates a positive change because (1) being less hungry makes me stress less about food, (2) I don’t have to worry about food as much at work I can focus more on what’s at hand, and (3) I seem to be eating less at times (read: at times!).

When I started trying to change my dietary habits: November 2010. I was about five pounds heavier than where I am at right now. Not in very good shape. Body composition getting lousier (not to a bad point yet, but I thought I was doing everything right so why was it getting worse?). Started to track my food intake to see what was going on. Mid-November, 2010, I was at about 256g carbs on a typical day. This was about 150-250g on good days (all based on calories at that point), and up to 350-400g on weekend/cheat type days. That’s crazy! I have changed a bit even though the changes on my body’s side are slight so far. Continue reading

VLC Day 7-8: Information overload

Listened to Robb Wolf’s Podcast and a concept ironically leached into my day from them that they paradoxically made fun of. Greg Everett, Robb’s sidekick on the podcast (or frontkick?) made fun of one of the listeners’ questions. The listener commented to Rob and Greg that this Paleo thing “was working really well” for him,then proceeded to ask him if he should try training X or diet X. They laughed out loud. Why would you try anything else if you’ve reached something that works? If it’s not broke, why fix it? Greg commented that this seems to be a new phenomenon in the area of nutrition with so many different bodies and reactions to foods and dogmas, we are totally overloaded with information and not stopping long enough to look at ourselves. How am I reacting to this? Is this working for me? Have I given it long enough and pure enough to see if it’s working? Continue reading

“Those who should be poor are poor”

This morning I read an article on NPR about China and its move toward banning luxurious words (but not luxurious things). Is this really any good? Toward the middle of the article I was struck by a quote:

“The luxury splurge is driven by people like 20-something Li He, who recently stood outside an upscale shopping mall with three friends, clutching a stiff brown Gucci shopping bag. He had just spent $450 on a leather belt. When asked if banning certain words will change his shopping habits, Li He scoffs.

‘Those who should be rich are rich, those who should be poor are poor,’ he says. ‘Those who work hard get rich, while those who don’t stay poor.’

When asked what he works hard at, he replies, ‘I work hard at having fun.’ The leather belt, he admits, was bought with his parents’ money.

This is the social Darwinist rallying cry. The Ayn Rand “anthem”. If you are competent and work hard, you are going to be successful–and these folks equate success with riches. Let’s examine this statement by young philosopher Li He with some real life examples. Continue reading

Shot of life: be like a child

“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Christ, Mark 10:15

“Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Christ, Matthew 18:4

blessed are you with a childhood free from this. ask questions.

VLC Day 6: Progress!

Sweet, sweet progress. I think Day 7 will be the charm.

  1. Less than 50 grams of carbs a day – so close!
  2. About a 10% or less macro carb % – so close!
  3. Eat whole foods
  4. No sugars – a coconut dessert and dark chocolate
  5. No grains
  6. Drink tons of water
  7. Very limited legumes – had some raw peanuts
  8. Very limited alcohol
  9. Sleep!
  10. Supplement with multi-vite, 2,000 IU/day, and fish oil as needed (when I may have an off-balance 3:6)

64g carbs


In C territory. Nice.