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Eating Out? Do’s and Don’ts

Let’s say you’re invited out to dinner and you have to skip one of my delicious meals.  Because you’ve been doing quite well on the nutrition front this month, you want to get through the evening without spoiling that. Since I get this question often from my clients, I’ve put together “The primal blueprint guide to eating out”.

I came up with a list of priorities, things most important for my mental and physical health. Keeping these 5 points in mind should get me through the night without all the fussing and worrying.

Avoid gluten

There are more things lining up to destroy our guts, but gluten seems to be the worst offender. Hopefully by avoiding them I’ll be better able to handle some ice cream for dessert. Besides, gluten seem to make my stomach swell to twice it’s original size, which doesn’t make me feel especially sexy or comfortable…
So it’s an old and often mentioned tip- but do send back that bread basket

Get some protein and veggies

The protein shouldn’t be a problem- even if I weren’t thinking of my health I’d still want a nice piece of fish or a big ass steak. They don’t seem to serve a lot of vegetables these days though, so I’m planning to order a salad on the side. Veggies will serve to fill me up and help me be moderate with other less desirable things. I’m also plenty indoctrinated with the ‘veggies are good for you!’ idea.

No soda

I think cola is nasty, but some ice tea or fresh orange juice is very tempting. However, since we’ll be drinking plenty throughout the night I’ll stick to 1 or 2 glasses of wine, water and tea. This will give me a good feeling mentally, since I’ll be doing something right.

Portion control

I really, really like potatoes. So even though they’re not paleo, I’ll have some of those. But they tend to give you a whole lot of them. I’m not really good with portion control to be very honest, so I’ll ask the others to keep the extra’s away from me. They know about my eating habits so they’ll understand.

Dessert

Dessert is always very enjoyable, but rarely paleo. As I said at the beginning of this post, for me paleo is about improving quality of life. For me that also means enjoying some vices that are not necessarily very sensible. During my lifetime I’d like to at least taste pretty much every kind of food in the world. So the master plan is to really enjoy it, and take a bite from everyone else’s dessert too!