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Old 02-16-2011, 03:36 AM   #1
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Gyro meat

Ugh! I very happily tried a gyro meat salad last night and LOVED it! I was all psyched, thinking this will be a nice addition to my meal repertoire, but...

I woke up to see I had gained 2+ lbs and was completely thrown out of ketosis! I guess there are fillers in the gyro meat? Probably in their white sauce/dressing that I had on the side as well. Oh well, that was fun while it lasted.
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Ugh! I very happily tried a gyro meat salad last night and LOVED it! I was all psyched, thinking this will be a nice addition to my meal repertoire, but...

I woke up to see I had gained 2+ lbs and was completely thrown out of ketosis! I guess there are fillers in the gyro meat? Probably in their white sauce/dressing that I had on the side as well. Oh well, that was fun while it lasted.
More than likely, the extremely high salt content led to water retention. Bet you'll lose it all soon???

Sauce didn't help much though.....

Hang in there!!!
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I don't care about the carb count. The next time I find someplace that has good Gyro, I am going to unhinge my jaw and partake freely. I love that stuff!! Being in "smalltown" Missouri, I don't get to eat it often. There used to be a Greek restaurant in Milwaukee called Zorba's and they had the best Greek food I ever had. Every time I went up north I would stuff myself at that place.
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I don't care about the carb count. The next time I find someplace that has good Gyro, I am going to unhinge my jaw and partake freely. I love that stuff!! Being in "smalltown" Missouri, I don't get to eat it often. There used to be a Greek restaurant in Milwaukee called Zorba's and they had the best Greek food I ever had. Every time I went up north I would stuff myself at that place.
OMG ZORBAS!!

Sorry I am from Wisconsin.

Zorbas was/is the best!

I love gyros...

I am sure that the weight gain is water retention from salt content. Don't stress it!! Glad you enjoyed it, though. It sounds DIVINE right about now.
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I have gyros probably every 3-4 weeks, but at times inm the past as much as 1x week. I have the side salad and then put the meat, tzaziki and feta on the plate and eat together. It is definitely high in sodium but I've never noticed any weight issues. Everyone is different, but I wouldn't rule out trying it again.

Did the yogurt sauce taste sweet to you? That could be a hidden sugar.
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I ask the owner at a tom& jerrrys in dekalb IL if there was gluten in the meat he got the box the meat came in and sure enough the carb count was I think 8grams per serving not sure of the oz/gram serving size. if they think you have an allergy they are more likely to look & tell you the truth. They don't want you passing out in the restaurant.
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More than likely, the extremely high salt content led to water retention. Bet you'll lose it all soon???

Sauce didn't help much though.....

Hang in there!!!
Yep.. what she said.... LOTS of sodium in gyro meat.
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I had a gyro meat salad, but seemed to stay in ketosis. It was some sugar-free frozen yogurt that left me in the "Trace" amount category, I believe!!
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If the meat was preprocessed, lord knows what is in it (sodium, sugars, binders, etc). But some places make their own which is just thin layers of lamb and beef that has been marinaded stacked on one another on the long pole. In that case, you are good to go.
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There is wheat flour in processed gyro. I just love it, but cannot partake because of celiac disease. That is why you are up probably. Also -definitely at ton of salt! I would watch it for it! If you can fit into your carb count and want it, go for it! But watch out!
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OMG ZORBAS!!

Sorry I am from Wisconsin.

Zorbas was/is the best!

I love gyros...

I am sure that the weight gain is water retention from salt content. Don't stress it!! Glad you enjoyed it, though. It sounds DIVINE right about now.
It was an 8 hour drive to Milwaukee and I would go all day without eating just so I could go to Zorbas that evening and pig out. A couple of beers, then a Greek platter with enough food for three people, then waddle back to my hotel room.
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Ugh! I very happily tried a gyro meat salad last night and LOVED it! I was all psyched, thinking this will be a nice addition to my meal repertoire, but...

I woke up to see I had gained 2+ lbs and was completely thrown out of ketosis! I guess there are fillers in the gyro meat? Probably in their white sauce/dressing that I had on the side as well. Oh well, that was fun while it lasted.
Most "better' greek restaurants use 100% meat in their Gyro but some lesser restaurants add fillers. The White sauce can contain sugar and if you are like me who loves that suace, too much could have thrown you over.

I know that if I eat too much sodium rich food I tend to retain water so that may be it too ... or a combo of both.
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I was ignorant to fact gyros had more than a couple carbs. I thought when they cut it off that think it was only seasoned.
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It was an 8 hour drive to Milwaukee and I would go all day without eating just so I could go to Zorbas that evening and pig out. A couple of beers, then a Greek platter with enough food for three people, then waddle back to my hotel room.
They just have the best gyros....*sigh* wish I could have one now!!
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So, what is the deal with the big slab of meat the have cooking on like, a stand-up rotiserie?
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@Sassielady, Most places use a processed meat that is the one with filler/carbs
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Real gyro, in Greece, is traditionally pork (or chicken, but definitely not lamb) stacked with layers of fat on a spit. Totally carb free. It spins and chunks of the meat are cut off. Have yet to find quality gyro made like this in the US.


Usually here we have two options (that are basically the same thing). Boxed gyro slices that you reheat in the oven or on a grill, or a slab of the same stuff uncut that gets reaheated on a spit. Like this...

These have fillers, I'd say similar to the amounts in store bought meatballs/meatloaf. And they taste ok, but NOTHING like the real thing.
Tzatziki sauce will be fine 99% of the time, even the cheap stuff as it's basically yogurt, cucumber and garlic.

If you ever see gyro layered like picture #1, EAT IT!
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Real gyro, in Greece, is traditionally pork (or chicken, but definitely not lamb) stacked with layers of fat on a spit. Totally carb free. It spins and chunks of the meat are cut off. Have yet to find quality gyro made like this in the US.


If you ever see gyro layered like picture #1, EAT IT!
NOOO!!! If you find one like that let the rest of us know and we'll have a party!
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NOOO!!! If you find one like that let the rest of us know and we'll have a party!

Yeah and I forgot to add "tell me where!"
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I had never had an gyro before a couple weeks ago.
I thought it was very tasty. Nicely spiced, I loved the cucumber sauce...
But later that evening I felt very sick, horrible indigestion, and just generally felt ill.
I normally tolerate highly spiced foods fine.
I have a feeling it was that 2nd pic meat "roll" tho.
I won't have another unless it is an authentic gyro.
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Old 02-25-2011, 10:47 AM   #21
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Yeah, I'm sure I had gyro meat similar to that 2nd photo.
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