5 tips for dining out on a detox diet

When doing a detox diet I know how hard it is to say no to an invitation to eat out or to withstand the social pressure to eat foods that are off limits if you do choose to dine out.  I never want anyone to feel they must stay at home like a hermit with their special detox menu and avoid all social engagements, so here’s a few tips to make dining out on a detox diet a little more stress free:

1. Investigate: look at the restaurant menu beforehand to make sure options are available to you. Call ahead to ask about alternative options. Restaurants like Il Fornello, Diverso by Ferraro, Magic Oven and even Pizza Pizza have gluten-free replacements for their pastas and pizzas. Some sushi restaurants even do brown rice sushi like Lan Sushi which just opened in the Junction.

2. Do the math: most restaurants will allow you to add, subtract or subsitute menu items. Simply doing the math can provide you with more meal options. For example, substract tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, croutons, cheese and creamy salad dressing from salads. Add in other vegetables or grilled chicken for protein. Replace the salad dressing with oil and vinegar. Entrees which come with some form of white potato like french fries can be substituted for garden vegetables or sweet potato fries. Ask for special sauces on the side so that when the food is served you can determine if the sauce falls within your diet guidelines.

3. Go vegetarian: Most vegetarian restaurants are very accommodating to changing meal ingredients because there are many degrees of vegetarianism. For example, some vegetarians choose to maintain eggs and dairy products in their diets while others eliminate them completely. Vegetarian meals are usually very colourful and therefore packed with nutrients! I really enjoy eating at Fresh and drinking their delicious fruit and vegetables smoothies.

4. Have a potluck: Instead of dining out with your friends, invite them over to your place for a potluck. Create a fun theme surrounding the food and set out guidelines for the meals for your guests to follow. For example, you can do an ‘Iron Chef’ night where you set out a special ingredient such as avocado or beets and ask everyone to make a dish containing the special ingredient.  Whoever makes the most popular meal of the night can win a prize and be named the ‘Iron Chef’ for the night!

5. Don’t feel bad by cheating a little: Sometimes there are just no options on the menu but you must eat out anyway so try to make the best of it. I went for chinese food with my family and ended up choosing unbreaded white fish with snow peas as well as a garlic with chinese broccoli dish.  Even though I know everything is deep fried and there is probably msg sprinkled on top this was still better than choosing a sugar filled sauce (like sweet and sour) overtop of breaded (gluten-filled) chicken.  I’m hoping the anti-oxidants in the vegetables will help my liver detoxify that msg out of my system!

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Dr. Simone strongly believes that the mind and body are connected to your overall health and wellness. As a primary health care provider, her practice provides ongoing support throughout your healing journey. Her role as your Naturopathic Doctor is to assist you in discovering your needs, support you in personal growth and help you reach your health and wellness goals. With the belief that happiness and balance is possible for everyone, Dr. Simone strives to help her patients live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She has experience with reproductive health, working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children have also been a primary focus in Dr. Simone’s life in both her professional role as a naturopath and in her volunteer work. She believes that setting healthy habits at a young age can be critical for long-term health and wellness.

2 Responses to 5 tips for dining out on a detox diet

  1. Hellen says:

    Hi! I realize this is somewhat off-topic however I had to ask.
    Does running a well-established blog like yours take a large amount of
    work? I am completely new to running a blog however I do write in my diary every day.
    I’d like to start a blog so I will be able to share my experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any recommendations or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners. Appreciate it!

    • Hi Hellen! I found the most helpful thing is to schedule the blogging time into your day, otherwise the posts might not get done. My goal is to do a post every 1-2 weeks so setting a realistic goal can be helpful. I also followed a great tip which is to make a list of potential blog post topics before even starting the blog. It will give you a reference in case you have trouble thinking of what to write about. Finally, having a message/theme you wish to get across to your readers can also keep your blog focused and on track.

      Hope this helps! Good luck with your blog and please share the link with me once you start 🙂

      Ellen

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