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The Best (and Worst) Paleo Restaurants

It’s nice to eat out at a restaurant occasionally. Sticking to your Paleo Diet shouldn’t be a reason to avoid eating out!

If you’re going out with a group of friends, try to have some influence over the restaurant you go to. Some restaurants offer so many more Paleo friendly options than others.

The Menu

It’s also a good idea to check out the menu in advance – most restaurants will have this on their website. If you’re unsure, call ahead to check on specific ingredients. It’s definitely worth making the restaurant aware that you need something gluten, dairy and legume free before you arrive. Most places seem to be extremely accommodating with this, often to the extent of suggesting dishes that aren’t even on the menu!

Mix & Match Paleo Options

When looking through the menu be prepared to mix and match. There’s almost always no problem with asking for the meat from one dish to go with the vegetable side from another dish. Dishes often come with a side of fries, some other type of potato, rice or pasta – ask to swap this for more vegetables or a salad.

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Un-Paleo Sauces

Sauces, gravy and dressings are often places where gluten, soy and all sorts of undesirables are hiding. It’s best to ask for no sauce, or ask for it on the side, rather than take the risk that your beef will arrive swimming in gluten!

Ask, Ask and Ask Again!

Don’t be afraid to ask exactly what is in your dish – it’s your health – it’s important. It’s also worth asking if the meat is grass-fed. Perhaps it isn’t, but hopefully the more people who ask, the sooner restaurants will start stocking it.

Which Types of Restaurant Are The Best For a Paleo Diet?

Some restaurants types are a lot more Paleo than others – but of course, you may find lots of local exceptions to this. Look at the menu and ask about the ingredients!

Korean BBQ/ Mongolian BBQ/ Brazilian BBQ

It doesn’t get much more Paleo than cooking a pile of meat at your table barbecue. Sides are usually salads and vegetables and it’s often a great chance to try cuts of meat you don’t usually have.

Steakhouses

Steak and vegetables – even better if they offer grass-fed meat.

Indian

Whilst there are a lot of dishes to avoid, there are also dishes cooked in coconut milk, or dry cooked (like tandoori) in herbs which represent great Paleo choices. Check they cook with ghee or coconut oil rather than vegetable oil

Burgers

Lots of “real food” burger restaurants seem to be appearing – good news as these can be a good Paleo option if you order without the bun!

Thai

Thai can be a great Paleo dining solution when coconut oil and milk are used.

Mexican

Most options like tacos or fajitas work well within a Paleo Diet – just order without the tortilla

Japanese

A wide variety of fish makes dishes like sashimi a great choice

Seafood Restaurants

If there are any wild or line caught options, these are likely to be a good bet

And the Worst Restaurant Type For Paleo Options?

Sadly, some restaurants are a lot harder to navigate for Paleo choices. If you’re going somewhere that you know will be challenging, consider eating before you leave, so you won’t be tempted.

Chinese

With a few notable exceptions, Chinese restaurants are often associated with their use of MSG and soy. Finding a Paleo option can be very difficult.

Do you agree with the best and worst types of restaurants? I’d love to see which restaurants you’ve found good Paleo options in – and which ones you’ve found difficult too. Please let me know in the comments, below.

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A Typical Day in Paleo Meals

Despite trying not going overboard talking about my Paleo diet, it often comes out, especially when I’m out in a group, quizzing waiting staff about exactly what is in each dish and how it’s cooked.  It also becomes quite obvious when I’m the only person tucking into fish and vegetables – instead of eating pizza! I’m always asked (in disbelief) what a Typical Day in Paleo meals looks like.

I explain what I eat and why I don’t eat grains.  This stage often seems to happen whilst the person asking the questions, is tucking into their grain based meal.  Once they’ve got their head round the impossible – life without grains – they’ll almost always ask me what I actually eat.

So I thought I’d show some photos of a fairly typical working weekday, in Paleo meals.

Breakfast. 

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A Paleo breakfast of bacon, eggs & avocado

On this particular day I had bacon, eggs and avocado.  I avoid supermarket bacon as it’s often very heavily processed with all sorts of ingredients I don’t want to eat.  My local organic butcher makes the best bacon I’ve had since I’ve been in Australia.  It’s fresh, made in store, with minimal ingredients.  It comes from organic, non factory farmed pigs.  And the taste really is testament to this.  I cook this in coconut oil (I’m currently using organic, virgin cold pressed, unrefined Melrose Coconut Oil).  Once the bacon is almost ready I cook the eggs in the same pan.  I always use organic, free range eggs – and where I can find them I’ll also often get Omega-3 enriched eggs.  I complete the meal with a few slices of avocado.  This breakfast is a great source of great fats and protein.  At the moment I’m trying to eat within 30 minutes of waking up and it really does seem to be making such a significant difference.  You can read my Paleo breakfast post for more breakfast ideas.

Lunch. 

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Paleo Lunch in the City; Roast Beef & Vegetables

Lunch should be something bought in from home so I know I’m eating the best possible ingredients.  However, in the real world I invariably don’t get round to making lunch every day.  This was one such day, where I had to find the best possible Paleo meal in the city.  In this situation, I often choose a roast dinner, on this occasion with roast beef and seasonal vegetables.

Dinner. 

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Paleo Dinner, Stuffed Capsicum

Dinner is the meal where all the effort, creativity and amazing ingredients go!  I usually plan the week’s dinners at the weekend, then shop to make sure I have all the required ingredients.  This dinner was stuffed capsicum (bell peppers) with a filling of minced beef and lots of veg, herbs and spices.  I have something different most days as I enjoy trying different recipes, cooking and introducing a lot of variety to my diet.

And to Drink?

I drink water all day long with the occasional cup of tea, or hot water with a slice of lemon or lime thrown in for good measure.

How does a typical day in food look for you?  Do you tend to repeat the same meals or go for maximum variety in your diet?

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