Day 9 Whole30 for me, and first meal I ate at a restaurant today. I have a few tips on how to manage eating at a restaurant while on Whole30.
- Look at their menu online. Check to see if they have a gluten free menu.
- See if there is anything available that you could easily remove grain and dairy from.
- Be very polite to the server and ask for their help and suggestions.
- Come up with a plan of attack for the meal and with at least two options.
- Be very appreciative of the server if they speak to the chef and ensure your order is made correctly.
Here’s how I managed my lunch today. I viewed the restaurant’s menu online and was pleasantly surprised to see a gluten free menu. I also saw a dish that didn’t include cheese in it! It was a grilled salmon fillet, brushed with lemon butter, served with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Knowing I couldn’t eat butter, I had to ask for the salmon to be cooked in oil instead. Assuming the mashed potatoes were made in bulk with butter and sour cream, I scoured the menu to see if there was a different potato I could eat. I was pleasantly surprised to see the offered roasted fingerling potatoes. However, there’s a chance butter could be in that recipe as well. So I decided if that wasn’t possible, sub more asparagus. When the server came over I was very polite, and told her my dietary restrictions. I asked politely if the salmon could be brushed with oil instead of butter, and requested for the mashed potatoes to be subbed with roasted fingerling potatoes if they could be cooked with oil instead of butter. I also gave the option if the kitchen couldn’t accommodate that, to please sub extra asparagus. Lastly, I requested for the asparagus to be steamed or cooked in oil.
I’m happy to report everything came out perfect at the restaurant. It is about adapting and know what is and isn’t possible. I was a little sad to not see a potato on my plate, but I am happy the kitchen was willing to work around Whole30 rules.
I’m learning that adapting is really helpful during a Whole30. When I come home from work, I put my lunch containers in the dishwasher and pack my next day’s breakfast and lunch. Monday night I had a dilemma. I was out of my egg bake! Oh no! Could I prep more of that and get to my volunteer meeting by 6:30pm? I think I can… I think I can… So I did! Then another road block, my 9×13 pan was dirty. I also noticed I only had 6 eggs left over. What was a girl supposed to do?
I had a glass 8×8 baking dish clean and made a smaller egg bake with 6 eggs and made 4 servings. Ahhh, at last, breakfast is taken care of.
Then Tuesday night comes, I realize I ate my last portion of my sloppy joe in a bowl for dinner! Whatever am I supposed to do? Benji has puppy class tonight, I don’t have time to make anything!
Low and behold…trusty Walmart has frozen Whole30 meals now available. In my previous Whole30’s, this was never an option for me! Check out my findings:
Three different options available! The first two have the whole30 approved sticker on them. The last one doesn’t have the sticker, but it is Paleo certified and when you check the ingredients, it is squeaky clean!
You may be thinking, Annie, you just had lunch at a restaurant, why did you have to buy a frozen meal for lunch? Great question, and this is something that will stop you from derailing your Whole30. What if my lunch date cancelled last minute? What was I supposed to eat? I’m very fortunate I have a cafeteria at my work I could make a compliant salad from, but that is the least exciting thing I could get downstairs. Whole30 isn’t just about adaptation, but it is about preparation and knowing yourself and boundaries. I knew if I had the option to get something compliant from the cafeteria, I still would, but I would be tempted from all the other non-compliant meals available. I would also think of my meal as lack-luster and would be jealous of everyone else eating all the sugar, carbs and dairy.
Day 9 is almost done, and I am almost 1/3rd of the way through Whole30. It’s not so bad. I will be having one of the frozen meals tonight and will update on what I think about them! That’s all for now.