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    Thinking of doing Whole30 in April. It says a few things that raise questions, mainly about processed stuff, special occasions, etc. Biggest question: does it mean no eating out? I am trying to make a point of going out once a week with the husband, and we were thinking of going to steakhouses on his 2 pay days next month. Do I fail W30 if we eat out?

    Oh and can we eat conventional meat? Hubby pretty much refuses to pay more than $4/lb for critter.
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    I'm doing Whole 30 and eating mostly conventional meat, we can't afford the good stuff at the moment. You can still eat out, but you'll have to be VERY picky about the restaurant, and probably be that obnoxious person who asks a million questions about how the food is prepared. If I remember correctly the Carnitas at Chipotle are paleo approved, and I know in my area there is a Mongolian Grill that basically lets you pile your plate high with meat and veggies, top it with sauces of your choice (mine has simple things like salt water, garlic, ginger, stuff like that), and when it's on the grill they can add an egg. We're definitely going to go there before my Whole 30 is up

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    • #3
      Make sure you double check on what kind of oil the cook it in!

      Also, not sure where you're at, but I get local grassfed beef for 3.99/lb..

      EDIT: Oops, Utah.. hmm, not very far.. have farmers markets started up yet?
      Last edited by lexsi340; 03-27-2011, 10:38 PM.

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      • #4
        It really depends on how strict you are being and how much you trust other people to prepare your food within your requirements. I worked in restaurants for years, and there are no guarantees, even if you are told something... so if you want a guarantee, cook for yourself. It is only for a month, and maybe you can prepare a special meal at home that you would normally not as a special occasion. For us it was a delicious crab and shrimp boil
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
          Do I fail W30 if we eat out?
          Nope. Just be sure what you're eating! Ask about what it's cooked in, what's in sauces etc.
          I would think at steak houses, you best bet would be meat + veg.

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          • #6
            Cunnilingus is paleo
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            • #7
              Deciding to eat out while doing Whole 30 is like trying to beat Mega Man 2 using just the Buster Cannon.

              IT'S HAWD.

              Originally posted by TheFastCat View Post
              Cunnilingus is paleo
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              You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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              • #8
                Steak + salad. Not too rough. I'm just choosing not to eat out this month; it's only for 30 days, after all, but most any place offers steak & salad. If it's a super nice restaurant, I ask for evoo + vinegar to be brought out for the dressing, but unless the entrees are over $15 each, many restaurants don't even have olive oil on site, amazingly enough. I keep a tiny bottle w/ evoo & balsamic vinegar mixed in my car for just such occasions.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by OperaDivaMom View Post
                  in my area there is a Mongolian Grill that basically lets you pile your plate high with meat and veggies, top it with sauces of your choice (mine has simple things like salt water, garlic, ginger, stuff like that), and when it's on the grill they can add an egg. We're definitely going to go there before my Whole 30 is up
                  Sounds like a place here called Genghis Grill..love it there!
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dr. Bork Bork View Post
                    Thinking of doing Whole30 in April.
                    I`m starting Friday.....April Fool`s Day
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                    • #11
                      I eat out all the time. Check out BBQ joints... they normally have all kinds of great stuff like brisket, ribs (no sauce), buffalo wings, etc.

                      Also, if you really want a great cheat, try and find a Brazilian steakhouse. It's, literally, all you can eat grass fed meat. Not great if your goal is fat loss, but it can be a fun break from the norm.

                      John Durant wrote a great piece about how Qdoba and other Mexican burrito places are very primal friendly. Get a 'taco salad' without the chips and load up on guac, sour cream, ground beef, etc.

                      And honestly, most places serve steak, baked potato, and veggies in butter. Hold on the baker if your goal is weight loss.

                      If you stop eating out, primal becomes more of a diet than lifestyle.

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                      • #12
                        cavemanj, she's already primal and considering stepping it up for a month to whole30 (no dairy, no legumes, etc.). ITA you regarding eating out while solely primal!
                        5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
                        Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
                        Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
                        Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
                        ***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MamaGrok View Post
                          cavemanj, she's already primal and considering stepping it up for a month to whole30 (no dairy, no legumes, etc.). ITA you regarding eating out while solely primal!
                          I guess it depends on how you define the Whole 30. I did it in January, at least I thought I did it by my own standards, and ate out a bit.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by cavemanj View Post
                            I guess it depends on how you define the Whole 30. I did it in January, at least I thought I did it by my own standards, and ate out a bit.
                            The Whole 30 is pretty clearly defined.
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                            • #15
                              When you mentioned loading up on sour cream and primal becoming a diet if you stop eating out, I thought maybe you missed that whole30 aspect to her post, that's all!
                              5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
                              Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
                              Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
                              Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
                              ***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***

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