After various health complications, I had to eliminate most starches and sugars from my diet. It was a success: I feel million times better (and my tests are the proof). But my chow-heart is empty because eating out is now very un-pleasurable.
I am not trying to do paleo or keto, nor I have to eat animal products all the time. If I really crave a brownie, my body can handle it once in a while (hello Arhoma brownies!) and once in a while I treat myself to a nice meal with no restrictions. But everyday eating, especially lunch around our two offices (near Concordia metro and/or Chinatown-the old one) and takeouts near my home (Mont Royal metro) has been difficult. A few compromises worked: Romados with double amount of salad instead of fries (their fries were getting worse anyway), shawarma plates with an assortment of salads instead of the usual rice and potato, and 20 dollar salads from Mandy's that make me feel ripped off every single time.
Am I missing any opportunities or menu hacks? Any secret low carb/low sugar (and high vegetable) meals in town that are also still chow-ish? Please let me keep my chowhound status before I start packing steamed broccoli and some kind of protein like dem body builders every day.
And please no unsolicited health advice on why I should eat differently. This works for my body, but not my soul. I am trying to make my soul happier and help is appreciated.