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Dining Out

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

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.
• Drinks
• 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
• Steakhouses
• Brazilian Steakhouse or Churrascaria
• Seafood
• Mongolian Grill
• Kebab Place
• Sushi
• Barbecue
• 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!!!


...Because you CAN change your world!



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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Wow! Thank you for so much valuable information! It will take me a long while to work through all the ideas and advice, but it will be time well spent.
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    1779 days ago
    emoticon I love the Links you posted! That is a LOT of Good Information! I am very Lucky in that I go out to eat often, and that the places where I go are more than happy to make substitutions or leave out ingredients that I don't want.
    1780 days ago
    I figure if you choose the healthiest option open to you when eating out and ask for no dressings on salads you're not eating TOO badly.
    But YES, prepping whole foods and meals from scratch can't be beaten.

    There are two restaurants near us that grill fish and chicken for you if you don't want fried. And they're prepared to "doggy bag" for you if the portions are too big.... rare over here in the UK. They are my favourite eating places!
    1780 days ago
  • BERRY4
    I have to say "I'm sorry" for those who have many issues with what is currently in as well as added to food.
    -- I recently went to lunch w/ a friend who has a number of sensitivities, and there was really very little she could have in terms of choice. And what arrived was bland w/out any use of herbs to add flavor. (Thai restaurant)
    I'm thinking we would have been better off eating at her place or mine... At least she would know what was in what she prepared. But it misses out in the fun of going out.
    1780 days ago
    When you cook using whole foods you know for sure what is actually in your food you are eating.
    1780 days ago
    This is why I love hole-in-the-wall ethnic places. Easier ot get somethign customized. Plus eating is always an adventure.
    1780 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    Thanks for this blog! I got the email about the new Wolf book today. I want both of them! I read on one of the Paleo sites that Chipotle is one of the places where a Paleo meal can be had, but, even though there's one not far from home, I have yet to try eating out and being Paleo at the same time. This new book would help me a lot!
    1780 days ago
    I soooo bookmarked this link.
    I have a hell of a time eating out- and when I do I usually know that I will suffer 3 days later because there is bound to be hidden ingredient that will no doubt get me :D
    Thank you again for sharing!
    1780 days ago
    I go to Outback. Not sure if you have one but the veggies are fresh and so is the salmon I get. Another place is the Continental as they also have fresh veggies. There is a restaurant that has a lot of good food but they serve can veggies. Check on the internet and see what the menu is before going. The 99 is another with fresh veggies.

    I have seen the Food show and was shocked to see one using the same knife and not washing it to demostrate the food she was cooking. You wonder if they do the same in restaurants because they are pressed for time.

    I like to cook at home too, as I cook what I like, but yes, sometimes, you like to be served.
    1780 days ago
  • KNH771
    Eating out can be a mine field! I very rarely eat out at all... I always travel with a cooler. Sometimes people just think I'm being anti-social! Knowing what questions to ask at a restaurant would be very helpful.
    1780 days ago
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