I recently read about another focus on food that shares much in common with paleo called the “100 Days of Real Food Pledge“. (And people griped about a Whole30 — try 100 days!)
Now some of their rules sound pretty similar:
What you CANNOT eat:
- No refined grains such as white flour or white rice (items containing wheat must say WHOLE wheat…not just “wheat”)
- No refined sweeteners such as sugar, any form of corn syrup, cane juice, or the artificial stuff like Splenda
- Nothing out of a box, can, bag, bottle or package that has more than 5 ingredients listed on the label
- No deep fried foods
- No “fast foods”
Of course, this has other people sharing the same pains many of you paleo-eaters have encountered — eating on the road. There was a recent article in the Miami Herald about avoiding processed food on the road:
So how does one avoid white flour, white sugar, deep-fried foods and anything out of a package with more than 5 ingredients while traveling through airports, eating out at restaurants and visiting family members that don’t exactly share the same guidelines? With lots – and I mean lots – of pre-planning and preparation. And I am not going to lie and say all of the advance work, food preparation, restaurant research and meal planning was a grand ol’ time because it most certainly wasn’t. It was, however, an eye opening experience that showed how hard it really is to avoid processed food when you are out in the world away from home. Why is it that real, wholesome, organic, local, whole food is suddenly the minority in our society? You can barely even find a bag of nuts at an airport store that hasn’t been caked in some sort of sugary coating.
Hopefully with more people realizing that “real, wholesome, organic, local, whole food” is so hard to find, there may be a greater movement to change the status quo.
And just like Scott mentioned, they too were self-conscious about asking what secret ingredients may be included in the restaurant’s offerings:
So after a barrage of questions about what’s in this sauce and what’s in that soup the waiter would finally get someone from the kitchen to give us some answers. And after we’d finally decide which offerings were “real food approved,” we could only hope that our high maintenance order didn’t entice anyone to tamper with our food. But no matter how many challenges we faced while away on our trip we somehow managed to stick to our guns and not give in to the processed junk.
Hopefully this helps you realize that it’s not at all “weird” to give a shit about what’s in the food you order when you’re out to eat. It isn’t a crime to ask, just do so politely! If you are still scared, perhaps you need to rethink where you choose to dine.