Is it possible to go to your favorite restaurant and stay in the Keto Zone?
Absolutely! There a few things to take in to consideration, however. Restaurant food is often carb heavy and wrought with hidden toxins. But there are ways to mitigate any possible setbacks in your weight loss progress.
These guidelines will help you avoid the common pitfalls associated with restaurant food so you can keep burning fat in the Keto Zone!
What’s Wrong With Restaurant Food?
The unfortunate truth is that restaurant food will almost always be lower quality than what you can cook at home for a similar price. Restaurants often cut corners in order to increase profit margins. This leads to the use of cheap oxidized oils (canola, soy, corn, vegetable, grapeseed, etc.) that cause inflammation and inhibit weight loss progress.
Restaurant food is also often premade and reheated before serving. This means part of your meal may have been initially cooked days ago before finally landing on your plate. Once a food is cooked the nutrient content begins to drop precipitously. Additionally, leftovers begin to grow unwanted bacteria, yeast, and mold that are not always visible before serving.
Most restaurants also do not use organic ingredients. In fact. Most restaurants use the cheapest ingredients they can get their hands on. This means the ingredients are likely contaminated with pesticides. They are also likely not very fresh, possibly weeks old and shipped from across the world.
The animal proteins served at restaurants is likely from a factory farm unless specifically stated. Factory farmed animals are often contaminated with antibiotics, hormones, and other unsavory contaminants. They are also fed an unnatural diet of mostly grain which leads to more inflammatory fatty acid profile in the meat.
That being said, eating out is an integral part of modern culture and can be quite a pleasant experience. But how much is too much?
How Often Should I Eat Out?
Ultimately, less is better. Most of us live busy lives, however, and sometimes eating out is the easiest and most practical option.
There are ways to minimize your proclivity for going out to eat.
Make sure your keep your fridge and pantry stocked. If you have plenty of delicious Keto Zone approved foods available at home you will have no reason to go out.
Have portable and satiating foods with you on the go in case you get hungry. On busy days you can bring along a bag of sprouted nuts or seeds, some grass-fed beef jerky, a keto protein bar, an avocado, or a hardboiled egg.
This will allow you to reduce your restaurant visits to special occasions where you will likely go to a nicer restaurant with higher quality food.
Eat Keto Friendly
The first step is to identify the items on the menu that are keto friendly. This means to avoid or substitute out any high starch food such grains, legumes, and potatoes. The best option at most restaurants is to choose a protein and a couple of low carb vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, collard greens, swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and bok choy.
Make sure to ask your waiter what kind of oil is used in cooking. To get a straight answer you may need to say you have an allergy to vegetable and seed oils. Tell your waiter to cook your food using butter. Also, be wary of all sauces and dressings. They almost always use inflammatory oils. Only consume dressings made with 100% olive oil. Many restaurant olive oils are cut with canola so make sure the waiter asks the kitchen.
You can also order your food without any oil and just bring your own. You can bring your own olive oil or avocado with you in a small dark glass container. You can pour this on your food for flavor, nutrition, and satiety.
Another consideration is to bring your own sugar-free sweetener such as stevia or American hardwood xylitol for tea and coffee.
Mitigate The Damage
There is a number of things you can do to mitigate the damage of eating out.
If you “fall off the wagon” and consume excess carbohydrates, take Instant Ketones to keep your body in fat burning mode.
When eating particularly questionable food you can also take detoxifying agents such as activated charcoal, zeolite clay, or calcium bentonite clay to soak up any toxins such as pesticides, antibiotics, oxidized oils, mold toxins, and bacteria.
Relax and Give Thanks
Fundamentally, meals are about nourishment. Not only nourishment on the physical level but also nourishment on emotional and spiritual levels. This is why we eat together as families and communities.
Try not to let counting carbs and avoiding oxidized oils inhibit your ability to relax, be grateful, and connect with loved ones.
Stress is the root of all disease. So don’t stress when you eat!
Get in The Zone
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