Eating out doesn’t have to be a deal breaker when you have goals to achieve.
Whether traveling for vacation or work, experiencing new, local cuisine can be the highlight of any trip. Luckily, you can enjoy the food at a majority of the restaurants you’ll visit by follow a few key “tricks” of the trade:
If picking your own restaurants, search directly in Google, Yelp, or Trip Advisor for keywords like “grass-fed” or “gluten-free” along with “restaurant” and the name of city you’re visiting.
When you arrive at a restaurant, tell the waiter you are gluten-free (or dairy-free) and would appreciate their help in making substitutions. Most of the time, they’ll make immediate recommendations and let the chef know your sensitivity.
When ordering salads, simply ask to sub the dressing for a side of olive oil (if you didn’t bring your own!) Ask them to hold any croutons or cheeses if you’re choosing to avoid gluten and processed dairy.
You can order any burger dish by simply asking them to hold the bun, and leave any sauces on the side. If you’d like to avoid the items fried in vegetable oils, sub out the fries for other sides they offer like grilled vegetables or rice.
You can order any entrée dish that includes meats like steak, fish, or chicken by simply asking for “double the veggies” as your side instead of any gluten or processed dairy items.
Avoid vegetable oils, ask if there is an option to have your meat or vegetables cooked in butter instead.
While all of these tips can be helpful the most important thing you can do when eating out is not stress about food perfection. As Tony Horton would say “Do your best and forget the rest!”