I don't know about you, but no restaurant in my neck of the woods has a board like the one above... and you don't know how very much I wish it did!
While I happily acknowledge that the quality of food in a restaurant, no matter how good, can't match the quality of home cooking, it would be nice to have a break now and again. Since our nutritional focus had to change, I have cooked three meals a day, 365 days a year (for 21 months now) almost exclusively at home (and yeah, it's really good that I actually love to cook, and meeting Ancestral nutritional requirements has given me a newfound delight in meeting the challenge).
...But, my Mr. is NOT a cook of any description... though he has many other qualities that redeem him... and he's right... he can't compete with me in this area, so why bother?
...And sometimes I'd like a break... or convenience... or just the FUN of being out in a festive environment.
Unfortunately, the very few times we've tried to eat in a restaurant, we've been sorely disappointed at the options, the quality of those options, and just the overall hassle of ensuring our food isn't contaminated... only to often discover after the fact that it still was to some degree. Part of the reason is that we don't always know what to ask (I would have never dreamed that simple fried potatoes woud be dusted in flour FIRST!).
Now there is a really helpful solution!
I've spent the last hour reading and enjoying the following guide (there is a lot in it I wouldn't have thought of), so I decided to share the opportunity. I feel much better prepared to be a knowledgeable consumer. It doesn't solve the problem that I live in a part of the world where fresh *quality* produce and grass-fed meat aren't readily available year 'round (but it's changing... and we're not alone... people no longer say "what?" when we mention gluten), but this guide empowers me to be a better advocate, and to change the food landcape around me for the better, for my daughter!
Check it out! Maybe it will be helpful to you, too!
Robb Wolf's Paleo Dining Out Guide
Here's what you'll find inside this 36-page *interactive* guide:
Chapter 1: Learn to Eat Paleo
We'll do a quick refresher course on what the Paleo diet is and why it works:
• What Is The Paleo Diet?
• Building A Healthy Paleo Diet
• Lean proteins
• Fruits and Vegetables
• Healthy fats
• Health benefits of a Paleo lifestyle
• Be vigilant about gluten
Chapter 2: Dining Tips & Tricks
This chapter covers tips to make sure you're successful in finding and picking a restaurant. It also teaches you what questions to ask to make sure you're set up for success while ordering.
• Before you go out
• Finding a restaurant
• Be the one who picks the restaurant
• Do your homework
• Don't show up hungry
• Hold the breadbasket
• Tell the server that you're on a special diet
• Pick a dish and ask some questions
• Here are some other questions to ask
• Tell the restaurant staff to be aware of cross-contamination
• Be prepared to eat something plain
• Bring your own condiments
• If it's not perfect, don't freak out
Chapter 3: Building your Paleo Meal
Learn how to build a Paleo meal, no matter where you're eating. This section also offers a section on options for Paleo "friendly" alcohol. No alcohol is really Paleo, but if you choose to drink, this guide will teach you to do it without derailing your diet or your health.
• Options for alcohol
• Alcohol to avoid
• Building your Paleo meal
Chapter 4: What's Safe to Order
This chapter covers what's safe to order in all different sorts of restaurants or dining out situations, including:
• Breakfast Place or Diner
• Indian Food
• Chinese Food
• Thai Food
• Italian Food
• Brazilian Steakhouse or Churrascaria
• Mongolian Grill
• Kebab Place
• Mexican Food
• Don't forget the grocery store
• Fast food
Chapter 5: Resources
• Links to online resources, blogs, apps, and more
• Printable Gluten Free Dining Out Cards
• Printable Guide: Avoiding Gluten Contamination: Tips for Restaurants
This 36-page interactive guide, complete with original videos, bonus reading, and all the lessons like:
• How to build a Paleo meal in a restaurant
• Paleo-friendly alcohol tips
• What's safe to order in dozens of restaurants
• How to be successful from the start: picking a restaurant and doing your homework
• How to talk to a server or manager
• Printable cards to take with you to the restaurant
• A printable guide to safe meal prep for your favorite restaurant
• Tons of resources
Robb Wolf's Paleo Dining Out Guide
...And from general comments in my world, perhaps this one would also be helpful:
Paleo is EXPENSIVE!!! ...NOT!!!
(quote by CHRISTINE MASON MILLER)
...Because you CAN change your world!
So, JUST DO IT.
UNTIL. (My 'Just Do It' blog)
'BEFORE' Pictures (May 31, 2009 - September, 2011) & Continuing PROGRESS (February 2012)! Next pictures SEPTEMBER 2013!
(I'm now keeping these right under my nose... in addition to being part of every blog I post, they are printed off and taped to my bedroom mirror... and I update whenever I feel the need - likely early July, 2013... to either see for myself what feel like significant changes, or to encourage myself to keep the faith when I feel no change at all despite my efforts)
Measurements, Musings & Motivation to MOVE!
(UPDATED/rewritten: JUNE, 2012)
I've Reached My Goal Weight!!!!!!!
NOTE: My weight tracker is NOT a truthful representation of my weight. Instead, I am using it as a tool to help me visualize my goal as though it's already been achieved!
DONE Girl Love...
(the footsteps into which I place my own feet)
Leaving NORMAL... In Pursuit of Happiness
Why I'm STILL here... my SparkJourney Saga
Words CAN Be Enough... page 3
Paleo... Do you really know what you're talking about?
Breakfast is Served! (RECIPES)