Not too long ago my girlfriend and I decided to spend a weekend at her family’s house at the Jersey Shore. I was a little worried about what I was going to do about food. Sure, I could always rely on nuts and fruits, but I didn’t want to spend my entire weekend eating that. Obviously, I didn’t have to.
We arrived a little late, after several hours of traffic and a thunderstorm. We didn’t eat anything on the way there, so we were pretty hungry. I wanted some seafood, and Ally was talking about this one restaurant that was featured at a wine magazine, so we went there. The restaurant had an incredible assortment of fried foods and other seafood goodies, but we settled for stuffed mushrooms (with crab meat), grilled fish (also stuffed with crab meat) and a lobster cream (granted, the sauce was not very paleo), steamed broccoli and a salad. Everything was great, and besides the lobster cream, also pretty healthy.
I woke up a little late for breakfast, but there was no shortage of bagels and other types of breads to choose from. There was also cereal and other breakfast food. Instead, I went to the fridge and dug out some eggs, cheese and ham and made myself an omelet. It turned out really well, and it was enough to carry me throughout the day.
I was going to go over the weekend’s menu, but that’s unnecessary. My point is: you always have options. Even if the menu says all dishes are served with fries, chances are, your waiter will be happy to change that for some veggies. Another great option are salads. Even the greasiest bar will offer some type of salad in their menu, and the last two salads I had at a bar were actually pretty good.
Some restaurants make it pretty easy to order primal. Chipotle, for example, is a great option. Just order a salad instead of the regular burrito. Tasty, filling and healthy! Just skip the rice, corn, sour cream and cheese. You could even go to an Italian restaurant and find a primal alternative to pasta.
To wrap it up, be creative, and work with whatever options you have. Don’t be afraid to ask the waiter to change a dish in the menu – they will not be offended! Just be sure to ask for something that is within reason, like swapping one side for another that is also on the menu.