April 2014 Topic- Eating Out
Eating out and being grain free, dairy free, and nut free was challenging at first. Once I had a little practice, It became:
|Pure Burger on my Birthday!|
2. Better tasting
3. A true flavor/food treat
4. Part of my food template
5. A nice way to take a break from cooking at home.
6. A great way to try local food
7. In some cases less expensive
8. In other cases more expensive.
I've got some of my favorite eating out strategies listed below. I'm super gluten sensitive, so if I find something that works, I stick to it. I avoid the pain of un-intentional gluten exposure.
Important note: I do state that I'm strict gluten free (sensitive). I ignore the eye rolling. If I see it, and I can leave and go someplace else, I do. I'm in too much physical pain from wheat to accept any shenanigans from wait staff or establishment with attitudes. My money is limited, so I want it to go to places with top notch customer service. I'll contact any restaurant that gives me beef (no pun intended!) and let them know it's a medical need that customer service was poor. Yelp is good for weeding out the poor service.
I find eating out is pretty simple, most of the time: Protein, Fat, Carbohydrates from non-starchy veggies/fruit. Once I got over finding hidden sources of gluten, it became much easier to navigate.
Faster Food dinner
- Chipotle Grill- lettuce, chicken, salsa, guacamole. Sometimes grilled veggies
- Pure Burger/ Elevation Burger/ Burger Lounge- protein style with a lettuce wrap
- Breakfast for dinner- be sure to state "no pancake batter in the omelet /strict gluten free"
- No food. Really, eating 3 meals a day means going 5-6 hours without eating. Sometimes I'll eat before I go, if the options are not great.
- Gourmet food trucks, make it grain free. I love Not So Fast Food Truck in the San Diego Area.
- Grocery store and buy a bagged salad, cooked protein. Use olive oil/balsamic for dressing.
|Coffee, no food|
|Not So Fast- San Diego Paleo Food truck- so tasty!|
Nicer Restaurants, less often, more expensive, I try to choose local
1. Seafood & grilled veggies
2 Steak and salad
3. Beef fajitas with grilled veggies
|When in Alaska, I ate seafood.|
6. Lamb- grilled with veggies
|Snow crab in Alaska|
|Salad on a hot day|
1. Bring a salad bowl from home, plastic. Eat the salad before the flight, rinse. Use the bowl later in the trip to store left overs.
2. Bring an avocado, beef jerky, nuts if you can eat them, maybe some fruit.
3. A few airports have great food. I don't plan on it, though. I can order a burger or salmon at some airports and get by until I land.
Hotels with kitchens
1. Stop by a grocery or local farmers markets and eat much cheaper for the whole family.
2. Ask for or choose hard boiled eggs, guacamole or fruit to take with you as you travel.
3. Bigger cities will have Trader Joe's or Whole foods or specialty groceries.
4. I travel with salt, olive oil and balsamic. I can do a lot with those items.
|Cooking breakfast in Seattle|
|Turkey breakfast bowl, Phoenix AZ|
|Guacamole, hard boiled egg and peach on a cruise|
|Egg bowl from home, at Starbucks|
1. Food from the buffet on cruises for snacking after shore excursions. (on template food!)
2. Breakfast in a bowl for post blood draw after an overnight fast, at Starbucks, STAT!
What works now:
1. All of the above
2. I can still travel and enjoy
What did not work in the past:
1. Eating food at chain restaurants from the dollar menu.
2. Eating "low fat" food at expensive restaurants. Cost a lot, not that filling
3. Eating gluten, not checking the preparation
4. Eating lots of airport food, scones/biscoti/low fat dairy (unpleasant GI stuff)
5. Eating off that "free breakfast" buffet when we could have had fresh, local gourmet food at a near by farmer's market that was on my food template.
6. Not eating a lot of protein or avocado while traveling, because it was high in WW points.
Now head over to the blogs of Gwen, Lynda, Leigh, and Jeanette and see how they eat out, grain free.