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    I was visiting a friend at the weekend and we ate a few times. I was amazed at the lack of primal friendly options on the menu depending on where we were eating.It wasn't impossible though. I was glad to stay primal once I decided to mix and match from the menu.

    Sometimes I think "Oh I could make that better at home" and "is that all the vegetables - more please"

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    I hear you on being able to make it better/more enjoyable at home, and wanting more veggies. I never have a problem with BBQ places--unless they pre-drench everything in sauce. Luckily I'm in Texas and great BBQ is in abundance--I love Brisket and the vinegar based coleslaw!! Even at the Japanese grill I just ask for no rice, double the veggies--works out perfectly.
    Heidi

    33yo, 5'6", 158lbs, size 10 jeans

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    • #3
      Yep, BBQ joints and hole in the wall chinese joints are about the most primal places you can eat out... luckily they tend to be the cheapest too!!!

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      • #4
        We have a kick ass BBQ joint here in my town and they make amazing greens. No drenching in sauce either. Thinking next time I go, I may try the broccoli slaw.
        Georgette

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        • #5
          I rarely eat out but when I do it's almost always at a friend's restaurant. He does almost everything on the grill with his own amazing sauce - buffalo ribs, wild boar ribs, wild salmon, locally grown rabbit and game hens are some of his most popular items, all served with a big mixed salad and grilled veggies. NO PROBLEMO with that menu. But when we go to the city my husband always wants fast food. I take a clue from the 'fast' part and simply wait until we get home to eat.

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          • #6
            My family & friends freak out "OMG, What can you eat?" I just smile & say calmly "Anywhere there's MEAT."
            Steakhouses are my first choice, then BBQ places
            --Trish (Bork)
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            • #7
              I'm lucky to live in a city with quite a few locally owned places that are engaged with the whole-foods movement and source their ingredients locally and organically. Most of them are also happy to adapt items when asked, so it's pretty easy. Being celiac taught me that you can ask for quite a bit of modification on a dish when necessary, so I'm not shy about asking. Local places are usually better for this since chains often bring in a lot of sauces (and even whole dishes) pre-packaged and are not usually as flexible.
              “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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              • #8
                I don't eat out as much these days, but when I do I'm also fortunate to live in a city full of good local choices and not so keen on chains. I have very few problems finding good options when going out. Now other cities are not always so great because I don't have my 'go-to' places, but generally a steakhouse is my first choice.

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                • #9
                  I haven't eaten out since I started but my husband brought home takeout one night from a local burger place. It's been a bit of a tradition. He does it when he comes home from a trip. He did phone to ask if I could eat a burger. I said no problem I can just not eat the bun. They're great fresh made burgers so they are yummy. However he also showed up with a poutine which has always been a special treat for me. He just didn't think and felt so bad. He's still getting used to what I'm eating and not eating. Anyways I decided to have some anyways because it was that far off of primal. I haven't been eating potatoes and of course they were likely fried in vegetable oil but the gravy was real beef made in their kitchen. I'm also eating some cheese but not that much cheese. I did eat some but not my usual amount. I did get more tired after I ate it and the next day woke up with a huge hunger pang in my stomach but it was worth it. At least I know now that the odd poutine indulgence isn't going to hurt that much.

                  I have thought about what I will eat when we do go out though. We have our favorite restaurants and most have enough variety that it should be fine. No more Tim Horton's breakfasts though unless I just eat the sausage and egg from a breakfast sandwich. No big loss.

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                  • #10
                    Just had lunch with friend's at Chevy's. Didn't stress, ordered carnitas and left rice, bean, and tortillas for everyone else. Had a good time!
                    http://kitoikitchen.blogspot.com/

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                    • #11
                      I ate out in a chinese restaurant with 4 friends in their 80's yesterday evening. Everything they ordered for 1st courses had flour - dumplings, prawn toasts, duck with pancake - and I just ate it. 1st time in months and months I haven't been 100% and it was just a small amount of wheat - and today, I feel just fine.

                      Back to 100% today though...!

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                      • #12
                        Whenever you eat it shouldn't be stressful. But being health conscious like most of us are it is hard not to be. Especially with what qualifies as "food" when you are out at a restaurant. I normally try to avoid any type of chain restaurants and stick to traditional style "hole in the wall" restaurants. (With the exception of Chipotle when we are in a pinch and on the road since their meat/poultry is antibiotic and hormone free and you point at what you want in your meal). Most restaurants will have some decent options and the refined carbs can almost always be replaced with vegetables. It is true that for most occassions you could probably make a more paleo friendly meal, but at the same time you want to enjoy some time out especially if you have a significant other or family that enjoys time away from their own kitchen 24/7.
                        "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

                        People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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                        • #13
                          Since we live ina place with not many choices and the closets 'real' restaurants are about 30 minutes away we don't eat out as much as we did living in NJ.

                          We almost always go out to eat with just our family, so that makes it easy. We *almost went for BBQ tonight. Pulled into the parking lot and hubby looked at me and said, "You want BBQ or sushi?" WTH kind of question is that? We left and went to the sushi bar, with the children bickering over who loves sushi the most. Of course, I had a sashimi combo, yum!

                          Meghan

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                          • #14
                            Enyjoyable. We tend to eat a quality restaurants and I no longer totally freak out and stress over every little thing.
                            Heather and the hounds - Make a Fast Friend, Adopt a Greyhound!

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                            • #15
                              I figured out I was a celiac many years ago now, and eating out since that has been a stressful, agonizing experience, it combined feeling deprived of choices with the, often accurate, paranoia that there was sneaky gluten somewhere and I was about to be sooo sick. It was wretched. And then I went primal. And it has become so much easier. I still have my panicky moments, but overall, realizing that it's okay to "just" eat meat and veggies, woo, it's awesome!
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