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Old 01-31-2005, 10:36 AM   #1
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Default What the freak is up with Mexican places these days?

First off I will state for the record that I am a Mexican food junkie. Now recently I've been trying to eat a little cleaner. So I've been calorie counting. Apparently it's taboo to even speak of calories in a Mexican style restaurant of any sort. So far Rio Grande, California Tortilla, and Chipotle have been less then forthcoming with the calories in their offerings.

Before I get flamed, I know I should be eating their crap if I want to stay trim. As I've stated before I'm addicted and can't help it. However I would like to know what I'm working with and how much damge I'm doing to myself.

I did find an article stating that Chipotle burrito average form 1000 to 1300 calories a piece. The wrap itself is 340 calories. These are the kinds of things I need to know. I want to eat a little healthier so I nix the burrito and got the burrito bowl.

What the hell is wrong with these places? It's not like their menu changes. What the hell are they so scared off when it comes to stating the amount of calories and fat content there is in the items they have on their menu?

PS - I am planning on going to California Tortilla or Chipotle for lunch.
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Old 01-31-2005, 10:38 AM   #2
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Cheese, beans, tortillas, sour cream, beef, etc.....you do the math. The only thing that probably isn't fattening on a mexican menu is salsa.
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Old 01-31-2005, 10:39 AM   #3
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Old 01-31-2005, 10:42 AM   #4
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I love Messicans so much, I married one.
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Old 01-31-2005, 10:43 AM   #5
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Mexican cuisine is actually fairly healthy. Unfortunately, it's not served in 99% of the Mexican restaurants north of the border.
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Old 01-31-2005, 10:47 AM   #6
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You might as well be eating that Monster burger at Hardees.
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Old 01-31-2005, 10:56 AM   #7
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Cheese, beans, tortillas, sour cream, beef, etc.....you do the math. The only thing that probably isn't fattening on a mexican menu is salsa.

Seriously. If you want to count calories at one of the aformentioned places, you had better be good at math or have a calculator that can handle lots of digits.
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Old 01-31-2005, 11:04 AM   #8
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Mexican cuisine is actually fairly healthy. Unfortunately, it's not served in 99% of the Mexican restaurants north of the border.
How traditional are you going?
Almost all mexican women I've seen or met IN mexico (not tijuana) have been overweight.
Refried beans are not friends.
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Old 01-31-2005, 11:09 AM   #9
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Try here --> http://www.elviradarknight.com/diabe...aurantsac.html

Looks like it has listings for lots of places, and Chipotle is on it with a PDF file, though you still have to add it up yourself.
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Old 01-31-2005, 11:18 AM   #13
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This thread deserves a Darwin Award.

I swear America will never become a slim country. I mean come on, you cant be serious telling us your trying to stay slim while eating out at restaurants. Of course they are going to serve you crap in a bowl.

The only way to stay slim is to eat at home and know exactly what is going into your stomach. And get to the gym of course... If I am FORCED to eat out, I'll get grilled chicken on a salad. No cheese, no dressing, no croutons. Load it up with salt and pepper and go to town on it.
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GD I love the messicans with all the fury of the Ballrog!!

Jesus I just had a D & D moment there.

Well I guess I'll just stay away from the obviously terrible choices. No more pork burritos or quesadillas for me. Likewise, leave the wrap at home. Bitches!!
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Old 01-31-2005, 11:20 AM   #15
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This thread deserves a Darwin Award.

I swear America will never become a slim country. I mean come on, you cant be serious telling us your trying to stay slim while eating out at restaurants. Of course they are going to serve you crap in a bowl.

The only way to stay slim is to eat at home and know exactly what is going into your stomach. And get to the gym of course... If I am FORCED to eat out, I'll get grilled chicken on a salad. No cheese, no dressing, no croutons. Load it up with salt and pepper and go to town on it.
You sound like a fun guy to hang out with. Obviously you got the right idea there, but I'm barely ever home so it wouldn't work out to well for me. You can still eat healthy and eat out. Just got to use your head and your senses.

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How traditional are you going?
Almost all mexican women I've seen or met IN mexico (not tijuana) have been overweight.
Refried beans are not friends.
Depends a lot on social class, just like in America. People in a lower social class tend to be overweight due to the quality of the food they eat and ignorance of a healthy diet. Mexico has a larger lower class than the US which has a large (no pun intended) problem with obesity. Once you get into the middle classes and up you'll find people with much better physical shape.

Tortillas, rice, beans are all low-fat foods. Most of the meats are lean and lots of flavor is achieved with spices. Most of the food served in Mexican restaurants in the US are what passes as street food in Mexico (although they don't even smother that in sour cream & cheese).
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if i get a hankerin' for something like this, i go to baja burrito kitchen, because they actually have stuff there that's decent without 8 tons of cheese/sour cream/etc.

i just get the tacos, which are just grilled steak or chicken with onion and cillantro on a corn tortilla, and then just put some salsa w/lime juice added all over it. tasty, and it's just enough food - you don't feel like you ate a whale wrapped in a tortilla like chipotle/etc.
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This thread deserves a Darwin Award.

I swear America will never become a slim country. I mean come on, you cant be serious telling us your trying to stay slim while eating out at restaurants. Of course they are going to serve you crap in a bowl.

The only way to stay slim is to eat at home and know exactly what is going into your stomach. And get to the gym of course... If I am FORCED to eat out, I'll get grilled chicken on a salad. No cheese, no dressing, no croutons. Load it up with salt and pepper and go to town on it.
+1

Also, if you are gonna eat there, you could at least get the Burrito Bowl and cut out the tortilla.
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Depends a lot on social class, just like in America. People in a lower social class tend to be overweight due to the quality of the food they eat and ignorance of a healthy diet. Mexico has a larger lower class than the US which has a large (no pun intended) problem with obesity. Once you get into the middle classes and up you'll find people with much better physical shape.

Tortillas, rice, beans are all low-fat foods. Most of the meats are lean and lots of flavor is achieved with spices. Most of the food served in Mexican restaurants in the US are what passes as street food in Mexico (although they don't even smother that in sour cream & cheese).
Yea, I spose you're right. But then again, so much of mexico is lower class, it is fair to say that most of the pop. is overweight.
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Go to Tia's tex mex and try their chips and salsa. I'm sure the salsa is low cal, but I don't know about the chips.
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Old 01-31-2005, 11:29 AM   #21
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How traditional are you going?
Almost all mexican women I've seen or met IN mexico (not tijuana) have been overweight.
Refried beans are not friends.
Stop going to border city's and go down into mexico. Here in texas if you goto anywhere close to the border (on either side) there are a ton of mexican women/men that are overweight. Go deeper in where its not 90% poverty and you get blonde hair, blue eye'd, tall, hotties. We get them here in San Antonio because they love to come to our malls (which suck). You can be walking by and see a group of model quality looking women and hear them talking a million miles an hour in spanish.

p.s.: MP non of those places you listed are real mexican food. Chipolte (although bad ass) is like mcDonlads compared to real mexican food
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Stop going to border city's and go down into mexico. Here in texas if you goto anywhere close to the border (on either side) there are a ton of mexican women/men that are overweight. Go deeper in where its not 90% poverty and you get blonde hair, blue eye'd, tall, hotties. We get them here in San Antonio because they love to come to our malls (which suck). You can be walking by and see a group of model quality looking women and hear them talking a million miles an hour in spanish.

p.s.: MP non of those places you listed are real mexican food. Chipolte (although bad ass) is like mcDonlads compared to real mexican food
Did you notice I capitalized the word "IN" to give the impression that I meant "not" a border city...
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Old 01-31-2005, 11:32 AM   #23
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It's like the Chinese restaurants around here. You wonder how the all stay so slim. [Chinese Guy] Here's a little hint buddy, they ain't real Chinese food [/Chinese Guy]
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It's like the Chinese restaurants around here. You wonder how the all stay so slim. [Chinese Guy] Here's a little hint buddy, they ain't real Chinese food [/Chinese Guy]
so much truth to that also. It's like america takes all "decently" healthy food and make its it unhealthy

take "mexican" beans for example, almost everywhere I've been in mexico serves black beans .. not tons of lard with a couple smashed beans like here in the us
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You sound like a fun guy to hang out with. Obviously you got the right idea there, but I'm barely ever home so it wouldn't work out to well for me. You can still eat healthy and eat out. Just got to use your head and your senses.
I am barely home either but I force myself to wait until I am home and settled to eat. I dont ever eat lunch, just one meal a day once I'm home. Everyday is the same for me. Wake up at 7am, leave for work. 5pm leave work and head to the gym. Get home by 7pm and drink my protien and creatine. Take a shower, eat at 8pm.

I have made some REALLY bangin tacos at home that barely have 1gram of fat per taco. Get 1% fat ground turkey meat and put in a pan on the stove, keep chopping until all is cooked and ground up. Now add taco seasoning powder (there is no fat in these packets) and water and keep stirring. Now get your fat free or 99% fat free tortillas out and add lettuce and tomato and some hot sauce then the taco-turkey meat.

I find doing this is very easy and your not going to gain any weight eating this way especially if your working out. I love cooking
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