One of the questions I receive often is, “What do you eat when you go out?” It’s not that hard, really. Just tell the waiter no bun, no butter, no fried, no sugary, no starchy, no grainy, no ricey…you get the point. I went to a local bar, Nick’s English Pub, for some food this evening; it wasn’t until after I began eating that I should take a picture and share my experience.
First, There is no Burger Salad on the menu. I asked the waitress if I could have a burger with no bun put on a salad. Then I look at all the veggies there is to offer and I want them piled on. Unfortunately, Nick’s deep fries their peppers and onions (what?…it said grilled…don’t be fooled!), so I didn’t get them. I had some brown mustard on the side, but I didn’t need it. The burger meat comes from local Fischer Farms, and that means it was so incredibly tasty. There was burger and bacon with every bite of fresh greens. The tomatoes were really great, too, considering they are not in season. There you have it, a paleo meal eating out. Sometimes it takes some creativity, and sometimes you have to follow some rules.
Here are the rules:
Rule #1: Don’t let the menu temp you.
Go directly to the meat. You’re usually going to have to skip the appetizers. If your meal comes with rice ask for vegetables. If it comes with bread tell them to save it for another table.
Rule #2: Don’t let the people around you tempt you.
Just because your boyfriend is ordering fried pickles and a breaded tenderloin, it doesn’t mean you have to get fries and bun with your burger to fit in. Just resist and tell yourself it’s not a big deal. Food is meant to fill your tummy, not make you bloated and hungry an hour later. You are not meant to be addicted to food; you are meant to be lean and healthy without fear of disease.
Rule #3: Always upgrade to a salad instead of having fries.
Stop being stingy. Pay the extra $1.50. If you are eating paleo, you are going to need more than just a steak and more than just a burger patty. Chances are, your side of vegetables is going to be a crock – maybe 3 or 4 bites worth. Get the salad.
Rule #4: Ask questions.
It’s sometimes a challenge to ask questions about the food, but you need to. Is the broccoli buttered? Can you prepare the broccoli without butter? Can I substitute the rice for the broccoli? Instead of a burger and a salad, can I get a burger ON a salad? Whatever it is, just ask.