Recently, my friend tweeted about this "Whole 30" program that she's considering trying in September (although, isn't completely sure about it). The overall concept isn't too extreme. It's a diet that focuses on real food, healthy fats, protein, and getting most carbs from fruits and veggies- not from processed food or barely-food-like substances.
The problem comes in executing such a diet plan. I eat out less often than I used to- averaging about 1 to 3 times a week. However, my work schedule is pretty hectic. I am on-call at a preschool, and lately my hours have been from 12:30 or 2:30 until 6pm- when I go straight to my second job: babysitting until around 8. However, there's always the potential that my work day can start as early as 7am. I find out from a day to day basis when I'm going into work.
This part-time babysitting job is only temporary, and if everything goes as planned, it will be over by the end of summer. By then, I'm also hoping for more overall stability with my job.
For now, though, I find myself throwing a pepperjack cheese stick, applesauce (or baby food), a Chobani yogurt, and a Lean Pocket into my lunchbox.
Dairy, grains (including corn and quinoa), sugar/sweeteners, beans/legumes (including soy), are all off-limits for the 30 days.
Due to my hectic schedule with work and church, I've learned to become the master of quick snacks/breakfasts. Some of my standards include a fruit puree pouch with a pepper jack cheese stick (or two), a fruit-flavored greek yogurt, or a packet of maple almond butter with a banana. For breakfast, I've also added my favorite: two slices of buttered bread (or a sandwich thin) with a over-hard egg cooked in the middle (I eat this cold with my fingers). I've also been known to keep a box of cereal at work- just in case.
On-the-go breakfasts are simply a necessity at this point in my life- because I have such an unpredictable schedule. Unfortunately, none of my standards for breakfasts and quick snacks fit the bill. What's more? My workplace has a no nut policy. This means that throwing together a quick breakfast of an apple and some mixed nuts, etc is NOT going to be a viable option.
My other problem is dealing with the times that I DO eat out. I know I can make some fairly decent choices at most places... but that doesn't mean they're going to be perfect. Some places only cook in soybean or peanut oil- and I cannot see myself giving up eating out for a month. Even if it's making a small change like getting a cup of fruit and nuts and skipping the frozen yogurt when we go out for Red Mango... or even skipping the bun and cheese if we decide on Smashburger.
But what are some other tips for eating out? I tried to find a decent dining out guide with "safe" food choices listed... but all I saw are posts where people push Chipotle. I mean, would going to Ruby Tuesday and getting either a sirloin or a basic grilled salmon with roasted spaghetti squash and the salad bar (lots of veggies with oil and vinegar or lemon juice) be a good choice, or would even that be a mistake on this plan?
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| current weight: 191.0