23 Oct Clean Eating Out
So you’ve decided you want to eat clean, and you and your family have committed to do it together. WAY TO GO! This is huge! You’re doing great, until… oh dear. You find yourself eating out at a restaurant – What do you do?
This doesn’t need to be made out to be a huge deal nor should you allow it to derail you from your lifestyle. I assure you, you can find something that fits your lifestyle no matter where you are or where you go. Believe me, we’ve all been there.
First thing, if you’re at a restaurant, don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask them to modify something for you. Sure there may always be that person that may seem annoyed, but you’re a paying customer and you are allowed to ask questions and make requests. We’ve become really good at this and our girls have as well. We rarely run into someone that isn’t accommodating or helpful.
Of course you want to avoid the bread and grains so just ask for extra lettuce. Or better yet, find out if they have lettuce wrap sandwiches. We know that around here, Jimmy Johns had their “unwiches” that are so good. And most places that have sandwiches have salads. So ask for your sandwich fixings to be cut up over lettuce. Just watch the sauces. Be sure to inquire if they have sugars.
This is similar to sandwiches, just as for no bun. There are some places that do gluten free buns and that’s great, but if you’re cutting sugars and grains, bunless is the way to go. If you’re dairy free, cut the cheese. We like to load our burgers up with veggies. We also usually decline regular fries, but if they have sweet potato fries and it’s earlier in the day, we sometimes splurge on them. And again, just watch your sauces and sugar content.
As always mentioned, if you’re not sure about something, just ask. Most places are very accommodating to most people’s needs these days. People are becoming better about offering lots of different options. Fish, meats, veggies, and salads are all fantastic options. Watch for them sneaking in any “special” sauces they tend to be loaded with sugar, dairy and sometimes gluten/grains. You can always ask that your protein of choice be only cooked in olive oil! Wanting a salad? Asking for a side of olive oil and some lemon slices (and adding a hint of salt) makes for a healthy and tasty salad dressing!
You can almost always find something if you’re in a real crunch at a convenience store. A lot of them have pickles, hard boiled eggs, bacon jerky, beef jerky (just watch for the “added” sugars), beef sticks, nuts, seeds, etc…
We rarely eat out, but when we do, we do it smart. It doesn’t have to be difficult. Just keep it filling and do all the meats and veggies you want. You got this! Much love and blessings.