For me, clean eating means trying to stay away from harmful and unhealthy things in food such as chemicals, artificial flavorings and colorings (including "natural flavor" which isn't herbs and spices which we are lead to believe) MSG, hydrogenated oils, and recently, non-fermented soy products. It's difficult to avoid some of these things because they are showing up in all prepared foods.
You can ask restaurants if any of their foods contain these things but, they may not be able to tell you, or may not want to take the effort to tell you because, they would have to read the labels of ever single thing that went into your food. You can, however ask the Chinese restaurant if they use MSG because many people have problems with it. You can also ask managers at fast food restaurants if they mix soy with their ground beef. I just found out they other day that Sub Way's meatball subs are made with a beef/soy mixture. They are not 100% beef.
Most bread these days is made with soy oil, some soy flour, and soy lecithin. I've been reading recently that non-fermented soy causes thyroid and other problems. So, I'm looking around for nonwhite bread that contains no soy products. I haven't found any, though.
When I go out to restaurants, however, I just eat the food. I try to watch calories but, it's too much of a problem for the restaurant staff to ask them about every single thing I might prefer not to eat. Things you're allergic to, of course, you have to ask about.
I hope this helps. Your menu choice sounds great to me.
Edited by: BENTON1948 at: 7/22/2012 (00:52)
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