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Eating out on Paleo Diet

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Created July 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I'm having problems incorporating Paleo eating into my lifestyle. My husband and I socialize and go out to eat a lot with friends. Unfortunately he and everyone else like to indulge in bread, processed foods, wine, etc. How does everyone handle this?

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on July 30, 2013
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Oh, yes, thanks Renee, I was thinking of cioppino!

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on July 30, 2013
at 09:31 AM

I would add, there is a steak on every menu (why order chicken when you can order steak)!

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on July 30, 2013
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Paella isn't a stew/soup. It's a rice dish. Which is fine if you're a Paleo who eats rice. Are you perhaps thinking of cioppino or bouillabaisse?

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at 03:36 AM

Thanks, I will take your suggestion and order a paleo-friendly appetizer instead of eating the bread. I have another question though..Why red wine and not white?

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When we go out, I'm usually really hungry, so I'm tempted by the chips (Mexican) or bread before the food comes. Thank you everyone for the suggestions. Now I have to work on my motivation!

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I like to order a charcuterie platter for everyone to enjoy- cured meats, aged cheeses, roasted garlic. A shot of clear liquor with seltzer and lime or a cranberry splash along with plenty of ice water is nice. What sort of restaurants do you usually go to?

At a bar and grill/pub you can usually get a bunless burger with slaw, or a salad topped with grilled steak, chicken, and sometimes shrimp. Hold the dressing.

For Mexican, you can order the steak/chicken/pork or shrimp fajitas (just make sure the seasoning doesn't have wheat) and eat it with a fork or ask for lettuce. I like to order guac and salsa and ask for some uncooked pepper strips for dipping.

Italian/Mediterranean restaurants are good for antipasti plates of cured meats, cheeses, olives, marinated veggies and cold, marinated seafood. They should also offer fine cuts of steak/veal/seafood for entrees. Don't be shy about asking for "no sauce" but "with a little dish of butter or olive oil". Paella is a delicious seafood stew/soup that is perfect for paleos.

Asian restaurants, such as Japanese steakhouses or Korean barbecues are great for paleos (if you can overlook the use of vegetable oils to prep the flat grills and say no to the sauce). More and more restaurants are stocking gluten-free soy sauce, but I like to bring a discreet container of coconut aminos with me and add it to my dish. Sashimi, is also a win!

Pizza joints are difficult, but many are now, at least offering "gluten-free crust." If you eat dairy and don't have gluten-intolerance, you can usually get by with the "knife and fork method" of eating your pizza, whereby you manage to only ingest the toppings. A side salad complements this method nicely. Everyone thinks you're just being proper or foreign or something, whilst you covertly dismiss the crust.

Peruvian places are my fave, and you can usually get a sumptuously roasted chicken with a sauce of coconut milk, green onions and cilantro. They do use soy sauce, though, so be careful, if you are sensitive. My husband gets mango salsa chicken- no soy there!

Brunch/Breakfast for dinner is very popular here. We have a dozen farm to table restaurants that serve up fresh local eggs and bacon, as well as artisinal cheeses and fresh local veg.

Maybe you could suggest the places for your friends to meet up, or just scope out the menus ahead of time and have a plan!

Also, potluck dinner parties at your place or their place are a fun and stress-less way to ensure that you will have something you can eat. Usually tastier and inexpensive, too!

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on July 30, 2013
at 11:38 AM

Oh, yes, thanks Renee, I was thinking of cioppino!

Ddc56599af4c9cbe18f0da6d34fbdc5a

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on July 30, 2013
at 03:12 AM

When we go out, I'm usually really hungry, so I'm tempted by the chips (Mexican) or bread before the food comes. Thank you everyone for the suggestions. Now I have to work on my motivation!

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on July 30, 2013
at 09:15 AM

Paella isn't a stew/soup. It's a rice dish. Which is fine if you're a Paleo who eats rice. Are you perhaps thinking of cioppino or bouillabaisse?

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on July 29, 2013
at 11:21 PM

You can't control anyone else. If it's YOU or HIM who is motivated by this incredible paleo style diet, this is what I do. I order lean (preferably grass fed-available at finer restaurants) beef, or salmon or a low mercury fish. I have asparagus or mixed steamed veggies (sauteed in olive oil is ok) as a side (EVERY restaurant will do this), and I allow myself a dry red wine (I drink one glass-am a lightweight). Dessert and mashed potatoes are out. I don't do the bread, but I WILL order shrimp cocktail appetizer to sate me while others eat bread. Or I order any high protien (chicken satay) appetizer if I'm at a thai place. In general it is SUPER easy, just takes a bit of will power.

Good luck!! Tiffany

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on July 30, 2013
at 03:36 AM

Thanks, I will take your suggestion and order a paleo-friendly appetizer instead of eating the bread. I have another question though..Why red wine and not white?

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on July 30, 2013
at 03:05 PM

American restaurants - agreed, steak and chicken breast (but agreed, why choose the latter!)

Ethnic restaurants also usually have a good meat + sauce dish.

Indian - butter chicken, tandoori chicken, raita (yogurt dipping sauce) Turkish/Middle Eastern - kebabs, fresh salads with cucumber, tomatoes, and herbs like mint, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil Chinese - steamed veggies and chicken Thai - tom yum gai, beef/chicken/pork basil stir-fry Vietnamese - pho, summer rolls with shrimp, rice paper, other dishes and soups Ethiopian - doro wat and at least the injera is fermented and gluten-free

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on July 30, 2013
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Barbecue! Piles of slaw or fried eggs with pulled pork. Long smoked briskets, or short smoked ribeye steaks finished on a grill. Memorable meals which caused me to get a smoker.

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on July 30, 2013
at 10:15 AM

Steak and veg is on the menue just about everywhere. That's what I go for. If I feel like alcohol I'll have a vodka, soda & lime (because wine doesn't agree with me, my psoriasis flares up).

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on July 30, 2013
at 09:21 AM

I am old enough to be bothered if people (usually who are fat and unhealthy) think it is strange I eat healthy normal foods. I don't drink alcohol and I just say I don't. If that causes other people a problem they need therapy.

I tend to like restaurants when I go out which serve traditional English food which was always meat/fish plus veg as separate items with no sauce/gravy and I just say I don't want the chips/potato.

In London women and a good few men refuse the bread as a matter of course so that's not rare any more (not so in the poorer areas of the UK where people are larger though). I have even been in business meetings in the City where one business lawyer opened all his sandwiches and ate the middle but not the bread because that was his diet and of course no one minded.

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on July 30, 2013
at 12:36 AM

I also go out to eat a lot. You can order a salad with chicken and veggies at nearly every restaurant or meat (chicken/fish/steak) with veggies. I never eat the bread they bring out but if I am very hungry then I order a paleo appetizer like tuna slices. I do drink a glass or two of wine a couple times a week.

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on July 30, 2013
at 09:31 AM

I would add, there is a steak on every menu (why order chicken when you can order steak)!

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