Last week I recapped my experience throughout my first week of doing my first Whole 30. If you missed it you can read it here, but to summarize I mentioned that the biggest change was my postworkout meal. While doing Whole 30, I’m no longer consuming whey protein powder in my postworkout meal. Instead, I’ve been eating a meal containing solid food such as chicken and sweet potato. Since making the switch, my energy levels are better and I never experience dips as I did when consuming a liquid meal postworkout.
So, I think my new postworkout meal is here to stay.
For my recap on my second week of Whole 30 I wanted to touch on a question I received a few times this week:
How did you manage to stick with Whole 30 while travelling?
During my second week of Whole 30, I flew from London to Calgary then Calgary to Regina, spent one week in Yorkton, and then flew back to London again.
A week away from home and two full days in airports and planes can be a little intimidating and stressful to some who are doing Whole 30, but I want to assure you that it is possible!
As Stephanie mentioned in her recent post, after eating Paleo (or close to as I was) for quite some time, meal planning doesn’t require a lot of additional thinking anymore.
However, to someone that is new to this way of eating and lifestyle, time away from home, a vacation, or time spent in airports and on a plane can be a big challenge if you’re wanting to stick to the Whole 30 guidelines. But, like I said, it doesn’t have to be! It is possible.
When I go to Yorkton to visit my parents, nothing much changes as they eat very similar to the way I eat. In fact, last night they made my cauliflower rice recipe!
But, restaurants don’t always offer foods that comply to Whole 30 protocol or at least they make them hard to pick out…
The best example was yesterday while I was in the Calgary airport over the lunch hour. I went to one of their restaurants located in the airport and began to search the menu. I was really in the mood for some salmon, but they only offered a grilled salmon sandwich. So, I politely asked the waitress if I could get a large house salad topped with a piece of grilled salmon.
And she brought me just that.
I even lucked out! The salmon was the best restaurant salmon I’ve ever had. Imagine that! In an airport! It wasn’t previously frozen like most restaurants serve and it was cooked just how I like it! Look at how beautifully it’s flaking! Perfect!
When I order salads at a restaurant here are a few of my tips:
- Ask for dressing on the side
- Ask if they have avocado on hand to add to your green salad
- Ask if the salad comes with cheese or croutons. If so, ask for it to come without!
- For a salad dressing, ask your server to bring a bottle of olive oil and vinegar to your table.
- Add protein! I usually always ask for a entree sized protein to top my salads as the portions for salads are usually fairly small.
It’s not impossible to eat at a restaurant while completing a Whole 30. Here are a few more tips of mine when reading over a menu for the first time:
- Look to see if they offer any organic or grassfed protein options. If they do, this is usually your best bet, but if they don’t that is ok, too! If choosing a protein source that is conventionally raised, choose fish, seafood, or lean cuts of meat. The reason for this is because the toxins consumed by conventionally raised animals are stored in their fatty tissues.
- Order it grilled, steamed, or baked instead of fried. Most restaurants will change their cooking method.
- Ask for double vegetables! Instead of a side of rice, french fries, etc., I usually ask for more vegetables.
For more information about dining out while completing a Whole 30 check out the resources below:
Also, don’t hesitate to bring your own food from home! I’ve travelled with everything from sweet potato, steamed shrimp, roasted chicken, avocado, and cans of salmon in the past!
Do what works for you and don’t worry if anyone is judging you.
I’d also like to note before saying goodbye that this is not how I always order in a restaurant. These tips I shared with you today are for those following Whole 30 or Paleo. I enjoy food and will order any item on the menu I please! Remember, health is more than eating healthy 100% of the time. To be 100% healthy, we need to learn that it is ok to not eat 100% healthy all of the time.
Have some fun, use moderation, find your true and happy balance, and don’t forget to love yourself :D