Eating out on paleo can sometime be difficult. For one almost all restaurants include processed sugar, dairy and soy in most of their soups, sauces and marinades. If your meat is cooked right, your dish is accompanied by bread, pasta or some other wheat based carb. Staying on track can be hard but with a little bit of pre-planing you should be able to stay on track. Here are a few tips:
- Select your dish before you arrive: Most restaurants have their menus online. So before you go, have a look and select a dish that is Paleo friendly or if that is not possible, one that you could adjust by for example taking out the pasta and adding a cup or rice or salad. Some paleo friendly options could be steak and vegetables, sushi, chicken stir fry and rice.
- Make sure your not starving: try not to arrive at your eatery ravenous, this would only make you reach for the bread basket. If your hungry have an apple or some almonds before you leave.
- Don’t drink your calories: try to stick to water, black coffee or red wine.
- Dessert: Once your done with your meal you might get a sugar craving or worse, if your with a bunch of friends they might ask you if you want to share dessert. If your eatery has a fresh fruit option you could go for that, but what I usually do is order a black coffee. This gives me something to do when everyone a round me is eating and the coffee usually stops my sugar craving. You could also sneak in a mini dark chocolate. I usually buy the lindt 70% dark 100g. The chocolate is just enough for one serving.