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Rebecca
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Hey guys, I'm headed on a weekend getaway and will be eating out every meal. I plan to eat salads a lot but I can't think of a single compliant salad dressing. Any ideas? Also any tips for dining out for type A? Thanks!!!


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Replace vinegar with lemon juice, and make it fresh. There's a recipe section.. roll over Online Support and click on recipes..   Make a vinegrette and bring it with you.. Or just squeeze lemon juice and put some EVOO on your salad in the restaurant
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Olive oil and lemon wedges- squeeze lemon wedges over the salad before eating. This eliminates any possibility of weird additives in commercial lemon juice.

If you react badly to "avoid" oils, you may not want to trust that the "olive oil" given to you by the restaurant is really pure olive oil- it could be a blend of olive and a cheaper oil. If this is the case, you may want to stick with lemon wedges on the salads, and get your fat from whole foods such as eggs, nuts, and fish.


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Quoted from Rebecca
Hey guys, I'm headed on a weekend getaway and will be eating out every meal. I plan to eat salads a lot but I can't think of a single compliant salad dressing. Any ideas? Also any tips for dining out for type A? Thanks!!!

MF's and Ruthie's suggestions for dressings are excellent, so I'll just add a side note, since you are new, that, for me anyway, eating out is the biggest single challenge to my diet, as I find I do SO much better eating homemade food.  I'm already dreading my sister's visit in July, when I will be eating out for 10 days straight, basically, and NOT at restaurants I would even choose...not that there are many restaurants I would choose here in central FL anyway, but I digress.  So, since I just responded to you in another thread wherein you were saying you are not feeling quite up to par, between transitioning from your previous diet, which was quite different from your Type A diet, and maybe needing a few tweaks to your diet (see suggs in other thread), just be aware that eating out for a weekend might set you back a tad, but it is only one weekend, so just do the best you can and know that, come Monday, you can get right back on track again.

I always brace myself for my annual restaurant Olympic Event when my sister visits, and I remind myself, your diet is NOT going to be perfect, let alone as optimal as usual, and you are, despite your best efforts, probably going to encounter a hidden wheat lectin or two, some corn syrup, and other junky ingredients that they SOMEHOW sneak into things in restaurants, no matter how careful I am in the choices I make.  Again, just do the best you can, and try to enjoy yourself and not worry too much about it.

If you can bring your own homemade dressings such as the ones MF and Ruthie suggested, FABULOUS.  Otherwise, just ask if they can bring you a bottle of olive oil and some lemons.  If they don't have the bottle of olive oil option, then, as an A, maybe you would like just simply the fresh lemon squeezed on there.  I'm a lemon lover myself, BUT, as an O, I GOTTA have some FAT on my salad, baby, so I usually just tox myself out with the salad dressings at restaurants--that's where the aforementioned corn syrup and other baddies come in.  But, hey, I just do the best I can.  In restaurants, it's a whole 'nother world from in my own kitchen.  A world fraught with peril!  

Well, on that cheery note, try to enjoy yourself!  


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P.S.  Hey, all:

Do you guys think restaurants would mind if you come in with your own little tiny Gladware-esque container of your own homemade dressing and whip it out, after ordering a salad with no dressing?  Just wondering.  I've never done that.  Lots of times, when my aforementioned sister (the only sister I have) is here, I don't even know when or where we will be eating until I'm dragged there in ye olde rental van, so bringing anything would be hard to plan to do, as it might end up sitting in a BOILING HOT van for hours, or we might end up somewhere at which I wouldn't need it and/or couldn't use it.

Just wondering if anyone here has actually done that, though.  That would be awesome, as an O.  I could just order a bare salad (God knows if they spray it with sulfites, but we won't even go there!) and a burger, sans bun.  Ba da bing, ba da COMPLIANCE.  It's a beautiful thing.


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P.P.S.  Olive oil--pure olive oil--could stand sitting in a BOILING HOT van for hours without going bad, couldn't it?  If I just brought that, then all I'd have to ask for would be lemons.  ...I won't mention how, on the news here recently, they mentioned that 74% of all restaurant lemon slices tested, tested positive for fecal e-coli bacteria.  I'm choosing to ignore that, as iced tea with tons of fresh lemons are all that stand between me and total insanity at some restaurants.


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PT- you also have this thing called an immune system. If you ingest a few E coli bacteria, your immune system gets into gear (starting with your stomach acid trying to digest the bacteria) and chances are that you won't get sick. Our bodies are DESIGNED to encounter germs. It's only when our bodies get overwhelmed- from the sheer volume of germs or from lack of sleep or lack of good food- that the germs are able to overgrow and cause illness.


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...I won't mention how, on the news here recently, they mentioned that 74% of all restaurant lemon slices tested, tested positive for fecal e-coli bacteria.


{cough} I'm sure some people have made the connection that if it gets into one form of food it gets into others {/cough}.
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P.S.  Hey, all:

Do you guys think restaurants would mind if you come in with your own little tiny Gladware-esque container of your own homemade dressing and whip it out, after ordering a salad with no dressing?  Just wondering.  I've never done that.  Lots of times, when my aforementioned sister (the only sister I have) is here, I don't even know when or where we will be eating until I'm dragged there in ye olde rental van, so bringing anything would be hard to plan to do, as it might end up sitting in a BOILING HOT van for hours, or we might end up somewhere at which I wouldn't need it and/or couldn't use it.

Just wondering if anyone here has actually done that, though.  That would be awesome, as an O.  I could just order a bare salad (God knows if they spray it with sulfites, but we won't even go there!) and a burger, sans bun.  Ba da bing, ba da COMPLIANCE.  It's a beautiful thing.


I have actually carried a small cooler into restaurants before!

I have put all this time and money into learning this diet and learning how to heal my body. My gut is no where near 100% yet and I'm  not willing to compromise the progress that I have made.

No one has said anything to me and if they do I will give them a simple answer (I think most people are too afraid to say something anyways)....I order what I can from the menu and then I have my "completers" in my cooler.

I'm going away this weekend and have scoped out the menu's of the restaurants we will be going to. Tonight the ladies have chosen a hibachi grill, I'm ordering steamed soy beans and that's it. I will eat a snack before we leave for dinner.

Tomorrow we are spending the day at the spa. There is nothing on the menu that I can make work. I have my cooler packed with cut veggies, smoked fish, nuts, and a compliant dry lentil soup that you only need to add hot water to. I will order hot water.











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I took my gluten/gliandin/WGA free muffin into my favorite fast food restaurant to replace the burger bun.  No bun, no condiments, no dressing on the salad, green tea.

If you boldly walk in and explain why you are doing what you are doing there should be little issue.  The last thing the restaurant will want is for you to explain to the staff that they are either unable or unwilling to cater to your needs.

Being nice, by catering to other's dangerous illusions, is not ~ really, truly ~ being nice.  


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The only time I've ever had a problem with bringing outside food into a restaurant is if it's a kosher restaurant- then they want to make sure you're not bringing in any food that would compromise the kashrut of the establishment. This is less of an issue if you're using your own utensils, or disposables, and not using their stuff at all. I don't know of any kosher restaurants that would let you bring your own salad dressing to put on their salad, if it's in a real bowl with a real fork that they'll be washing.

I don't see how a non-kosher restaurant would have an issue with this. Sometimes it's an issue of "don't bring in your food, buy ours" but that's less of an issue when you're with a group of people and the others in your party are ordering food and spending money.


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I just ask for the olive oil and vinegar, use the olive oil and skip the vinegar.  It's simple and doesn't cause any problems.


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Rubbermaid makes very small plastic containers.  By the time the salad is delivered and the waiter
walks away, nobody seems to notice or care that I'm dumping my own salad dressing on top of my
greens.  And in a small zipper bag, I bring my own organic sunflower seeds, dried cranberries and any other toppings I want to add to my salad.  Really, you'd think people would be watching this type of
behavior, but in reality, most everyone is checking their cell phones and could care less what I'm taking out of my purse.  Last thing I'd ever be asking a restaurant owner is "can I do this?"  I just do it!~ Nobody has ever noticed....Been doing this for years.   Just be careful you close your little container very well before you put it in your purse....


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Do you guys think restaurants would mind if you come in with your own little tiny Gladware-esque container of your own homemade dressing and whip it out, after ordering a salad with no dressing?  Just wondering.


I can't remember all the details, but I wanted to bring something of my own to add to the restaurant food and they did not allow it saying they can't be responsible for any illness or food poisoning if something was mixed with their food. I know the obvious answer is "then don't be responsible" but they wouldn't allow it. I am sure each establishment has their own take on it.


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I've never brought my own salad dressing to a restaurant but it certainly wouldn't bother me if someone at my table (or if I noticed someone else doing it) would  add some olive oil and lemon juice from their own slices that they brought with them to their salad.

A small zip lock bag containing a plastic container (the ones they sell in drug stores for travel size cosmetics also work) with olive oil and a few lemon wedges you brought from home should not cause any raised eyebrows.   I just wouldn't fill the plastic container to the top, of course,
and make sure the ziplock bag is closed.

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I've learned to eat my salads out without dressing. I actually like the taste of plain lettuce.


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I can sometimes get restaurant to supply me with lemon wedges intended for beverages. If it is Mexican restaurant, I can usually get limes that they serve with a variety of dishes.


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compliant dry lentil soup that you only need to add hot water to


does this have a brand or do you dehydrate it yourself?


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Ditto Chloe....
I bring my own lemon wedges in a baggie in my purse.
I always have a Lara bar and bag of almonds in my purse, too.
I've never had a problem.


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I consider the menu a "list of ingredients" I can choose from.  I mix and match to meet my needs

Typically, I achieve success with this ordering style.  If not, I avoid that restaurant in the future.  
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does this have a brand or do you dehydrate it yourself?



It's in the bulk section at the co-op that I shop....I will check to see if a name is listed....the sticker gives all the ing. and nutritional info....It sure is a "life~saver" to have on hand....very portable...it also makes a nice crunchy topping in salads!






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Ditto Chloe....
I bring my own lemon wedges in a baggie in my purse.
I always have a Lara bar and bag of almonds in my purse, too.
I've never had a problem.


Good for you .... I once saw a woman take her own bread out of a bag in a restaurant and put a spread from a container (that she brought with her) on top of it. Nobody minded. I carry food
bars in my purse too.  And nuts.  I carry nuts in my car all the time.  Nothing worse than
needing a snack and finding yourself with poor options.  I've learned to "be prepared".


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the sticker gives all the ing. and nutritional info.


good!
tell us all it contains


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I started carrying nuts with me but I haven't tried any of Dr. D's bars.  Anyone care to comment about how they taste?
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Wow thank you guys so much! Sorry I didn't write back sooner. I was on my mini vacation and it was easy to read the comments on the phone but the internet connection was too slow there to write back. I did the olive oil trick and it worked great! Thanks!


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