4 Tips to Eat Out With Food Restrictions
Eating with friends, family, and colleagues is part of our culture. Just because you have food restrictions does not mean you need to become a hermit and never eat out.
Many people are worried about standing out or being an inconvenience to the restaurant and thus sufferer the ramifications of not speaking up, BUT it doesn’t need to be that way and you can thoroughly enjoy the company and food without it thwarting your efforts to heal your body.
Here are the top 4 tips for eating out with food sensitivities or allergies:
1️.When you can, plan ahead.
Chose a restaurant ahead of time, and check out the menu at the restaurant. Make a short list of what you’d like to order that you believe should be okay with your body.
Then call the restaurant to ask if they can accommodate your dietary restrictions and see if the item(s) you’ve chosen are able to be modified for your needs. They may even have suggestions you didn’t know were possible.
2️. Key words/ phrases to use when ordering:
When ordering be sure to reiterate to the server your allergies so the “ticket” has it on there and the chef takes extra precaution in preparing your food.
Order your meat “dry,” many restaurants baste the cooked meat with butter. The preparation in the menu likely will not describe this, so it helps to remind them by asking for the meat prepared “dry, with no added butter for basting.”
Order your vegetables, “steamed,” or if sauteed, ask for them to be sauteed in olive oil, no butter. If you get them steamed ask for olive oil on the side with salt and lemon juice so you can liven them up on your plate and increase the absorption of the nutrients over eating them simply steamed.
Ask to swap things out. Does the protein from one dish sound more appealing and the side from another dish fit your dietary needs? Ask to swap the two out. Generally this is not a big deal for the kitchen and they are happy to accomodate.
Ask to double up your veg. If your meal comes with grains or potatoes as a side and a serving of vegetables but you need to avoid grains or nightshades, simply ask to double up on the vegetables and eliminate the starchy side.