Less than 2 weeks to go!
Posted by Physician's Preference on 1/31/2013
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Hi there Yeast-Free with Me team!
Only a week and a half left! How are you doing? Don’t worry, it takes a little time to get the hang of it and into a rhythm.
Now on to today’s business. Let’s talk about dining out. That’s right, you read me: dining out on the yeast-free eating program – it can be done.
Just because you’re eating yeast-free doesn’t mean you have to give up your social life. And we get it, sometimes life just gets busy and you have to pick up something quick. Have no fear, all is not lost.
Here are a few tips for navigating restaurant menus in with yeast-free flair:
NOTE: the names of all non-yeast-free items have been changed to protect the innocent yeast-free mind.
First of all, if you already know you will be eating at a certain restaurant, check out their menu online before you go. Often the menus online will give you a list of ingredients so that you know what you’re getting into ahead of time.
Secondly, you will avoid looking at the nasty-tasting bland items on the menu that are less than yeast-free. Even though I’m sure you will not be tempted in the least by these dishes that are of course completely devoid of flavor, it’s just a good idea. Trust me.
Ouch. This one is going to hurt, but it’s good for you. If you are visiting a restaurant that brings certain complimentary appetizers to the table before you order – you know, the ones that usually come in baskets either accompanied by salsa or wrapped in a napkin – kindly ask the waiter not to place them on the table. This will avoid the emotional tug caused by these “basketed” items. I know, it hurts. No pain, no gain, right?
Here are possible dining-out options for the yeast-free eating program:
Pappasito’s: Their salsa does not contain vinegar and their guacamole does not include the white stuff. You can always have the Carne Asada or faijitas – no flour-like discs or shredded orange stuff included of course.
Carraba’s: Take the fresh herbs and olive oil mixture that is typically used for dipping the white doughy stuff and substitute it as a great dressing for salads.
Black-Eyed Pea or Luby’s: These restaurants and others like them are guaranteed to have at least one yeast-free friendly choice on their menu. Be sure to order a balanced meal eating only the proper portions of protein, carbohydrate and fat. (Ex: grilled/baked chicken or fish with 2 veggies on the side.)
Pappadeaux’s, Landry’s, Red Lobster, etc: You can order any blackened or grilled fish (add their lemon butter sauce after two weeks). A salad with an olive oil and lemon juice dressing and steamed vegetables make great side dishes.
Pappa’s, Outback, etc: Your finer cuts of meat are always a great yeast-free choice. Choose a dinner salad and steamed veggies as sides.
And for those who are always on the go:
Chick-fil-A: Try the grilled chicken salad with lemon juice as the salad dressing and add a bowl of fruit after two weeks. Or! Try their new grilled chicken nuggets with a fruit bowl or salad on the side. We know...we know...you must forego their infamous sugary-sweet caffienated beverage that starts with "t" and ends with "ea" but you must keep your eye on the prize. Afterall, unsweet tea isn't so bad when you add a little Sweet-n-Natural to it!
Chipotle: You can get a burrito bowl with your choice of meat (preferably chicken), black beans, pinto beans, salsa, pico de gallo, guacamole, and lettuce. (No rice!)
Boston Market: The baked chicken or turkey with the steamed mixed veggies and/or green beans is an excellent choice. After two weeks, you can have the fruit bowl.
Now, that doesn't sound so bad does it? In fact, you're probably getting hungry just thinking about it.
Now that you know you have options, go out! Eat yeast-free and be merry!
Your biggest Yeast-Free with Me fans
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