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  1. My family is going out to dinner at an Afghani restaurant tonight for my sister's birthday, and, being a good little Whole30er, I called the restaurant before they opened (when they wouldn't be busy) so I could ask all of my questions about compliant oils, marinades and seasonings, etc. Just based on ingredients, Afghani food seems like a good choice, because it's primarily grilled meat and vegetables -- and this restaurant even uses grass-fed beef and lamb! Anyway, the store manager told me that ALL of the meat is pre-marinated in corn oil, even the ground meats, but that customers with allergies in the past have ordered grilled chicken or beef with the marinade rinsed off before grilling, and that they haven't had any problems. I think I already know the answer, but... would this be acceptable? Otherwise I'll be going to this amazing restaurant and just eating a bowl of plain lettuce. Not the end of the world, but not exactly enjoying my life either. Can some moderators chime in on this? Thanks!
  2. Hi! New here and just trying to see if anyone else has eaten a compliant meal at Freebirds, and if so, what was it? Freebirds has locations mostly in Texas and California. It's basically like Chipotle but without all the "faux healthy" hyperbole Chipotle is so fond of. I searched the forums and a couple of people had posted about FB back in 2014, but nothing since then. It's one of the few options available to me in my small city where I feel like I could still stick to W30 rules and get a decent meal on the go, i.e. one that's not grilled chicken on salad with no dressing. Freebirds online allergen chart lists chicken, carnitas and steak all as maybe having soy, but not their ground beef. The old posts indicated chicken and carnitas were fine, but of course that could have changed drastically between now and then. Anyone else? Thanks!
  3. I am supposed to go to a birthday dinner for a friend and we are going to cheesecake factory. Is there anything there I can have? I know they have a huge menu but I was wondering if there is a short list of have's or have nots that other people have had there.
  4. Hi folks! I'm on day 4 (start date was 9/10/17) and have had some cravings this week. I just read something that indicates not to head for fruit if having a craving. I have done that this week, as well as had a Lara Bar (Apple). I'll do better tomorrow! Haven't noticed much change other than I am feeling fuller than usual eating less food, and not feeling gorged when I have eaten the whole plate. This weekend is a test of commitment. Boyfriends birthday on Friday and I'm taking him to dinner. He is easy so Mexican it is--fajitas for me and that means I can splurge on the steak and shrimp! We also have a friends kid birthday then next day...which is what I'm more concerned about. I plan to bring my food to his place so I can finish preparing what I will eat. But one thing I need to plan on is snack foods. Any suggestions? Then we have dinner with his parents which is also a concern as they likely won't have items I can eat. So again, packing my dinner :-) looking forward to beating the sugar cravings soon.
  5. dinner at bartaco

    Hello everyone, this is my first post here! I tried to find info on this already but nothing seems to come up either in the forums or on Google in general. Has anyone eaten at Bartaco while on the Whole30? I can't seem to find nutritional information for their menu items anywhere. I know a large portion of their food is not compliant but I figured I would ask in case anyone here might know! We have a birthday dinner to attend this weekend and I don't want to bail because of my restrictions but also don't want to just sit there awkwardly eating nothing. Any tips would be appreciated! Thanks!
  6. HELP! -- Chaperoning a Camping Trip

    Overnight Thurs to Fri. FML -- what am I gonna eat? i can pack cans of tuna. But where will i strain and drain? Gotta be a sink in the cafeteria. i guess?? Last time I was at this camp I was in 5th grade so I can't remember. Tips? Advice?
  7. Hi everyone! I'm planning to start my first Whole 30 in just over a month. I am an American living in Vienna, Austria, with at best only passable German. This leaves me mainly concerned with eating out (and a little bit about grocery shopping). Has anyone done this in Vienna? Any recommendations for specific restaurants you frequented/frequent that have whole 30-friendly menus or at least where there are options that are easy to modify? I've found many restaurants here aren't super excited about modifications in general, so the idea of trying to explain all of this with a possible language barrier on top is a bit daunting. Thanks in advance for your advice!!
  8. Day 20 and I think I put a mouthful of spinach and mushrooms containing soy sauce in my mouth at a work lunch today! I really hope I didn't! I've known about this lunch for a month. I've planned for it. Researched how to order. I came to the conclusion to order the salmon (steamed) and veggies (steamed). When it was my turn to order I told the server I couldn't have anything containing soy sauce, butter, sugar... I asked if the salmon was prepared with soy sauce, and the same with the veggies. She said the veggies were not and would note not to add soy sauce or oil or butter, and just to steam them. But she said she had to check with the chef about the salmon because it might contain soy sauce. She came back and said "We are good". So, when I got my food the salmon was on a bed of spinach greens with mushrooms. I began eating and the salmon was dry and obviously didn't have any contaminants on it. Then I took a bite of the spinach and mushrooms. Now I had added salt, so I expected it to have the salty taste. But it was so flavorful I kinda freaked! I think it had soy sauce! I told the server it had soy sauce. She whisked it away, and said she would have them remake. When she brought the new salmon and veggies back the salmon was on a separate plate than the greens. And this time there were no mushrooms. So, it makes me wonder if either the mushrooms were bursting with flavor and didn't contain soy sauce, but they didn't want me to think that they did this time around. Or, were the mushrooms prepackaged containing soy sauce? So they just served without mushrooms this time? Thoughts?? Anyway, when I tasted what seemed like soy sauce I spit the food into a napkin. I know the look on my face to my coworkers and boss was horrible. But they know I'm doing w30. And it was gross to spit my food into the napkin, but I just couldn't swallow it! Now I'm worried that I screwed up my w30. But I'm not doing another w30 right now! And I don't think soy is the cause of my heath issues. I rarely eat anything containing soy when I'm not on w30. And I've been gluten free for a long time, and dairy free for 9 months. I think other grains and sugar are my health demons. Anyone else work that hard to ensure that their meal was complaint at a restaurant, and then think that it was contaminated? I feel bummed, even though I didn't swallow the bite. If there was soy sauce I know I swallow a taste of it.
  9. Hi all -- there does not seem to be a definitive place where full ingredients/allergens from the fast-casual Caribbean restaurant chain Pollo Tropical ( are readily available. I haven't had luck in finding out from my local branches (due to a language barrier on my part), and there is very little information about this online, including on their own website (where you can find out whether products contain dairy, eggs, or gluten, but not the rest of what we'd need to know on a W30). Here's what I've gathered so far, from reading others' blog posts: There are supposedly 4 different meals on the menu that Pollo Tropical claims are free of the 8 most common allergens -- though I have yet to see a list of what those meals are, as everyone's links to this list are unfortunately broken. I did see a post from someone who had ordered Pollo Tropical's roasted chicken, balsamic tomatoes, and sweet plantains while on a Whole30, but I don't feel that I can trust that post for accuracy since there weren't any ingredient investigations cited; for all I know, the blogger could have made wrong assumptions and accidentally eaten something non-compliant. Given those frustrations, I wanted to start a formal thread on the official Whole30 forums where we can hopefully collaborate to post the definitively compliant items from the Pollo Tropical menu as we discover them (myself included -- I'll keep trying!). Thanks all! Looking forward to your insight and/or recommendations.
  10. Hi guys! I'm new to the program (going on day 4!) Does anyone else live in Charlotte and have any suggestions for restaurants/items on the menu you've found success with? I was successful with one in Plaza Midwood: Bang Bang Burger by ordering their burger bowl (basically a salad) but was hoping for some other suggestions. I also travel a lot to other parts of the country so if anyone has any regular items they'd like to share from other chain restaurants that'd be great too! Thanks in advance!
  11. Hi guys! I'm new to the program (going on day 4!) Does anyone else live in Charlotte and have any suggestions for restaurants/items on the menu you've found success with? I was successful with one in Plaza Midwood: Bang Bang Burger by ordering their burger bowl (basically a salad) but was hoping for some other suggestions. I also travel a lot to other parts of the country so if anyone has any regular items they'd like to share from other chain restaurants that'd be great too! Thanks in advance!
  12. I will be in St. Louis around Day 20 of my Whole30. Is anyone from the area that has good suggestions on compliant food options? I know Chipotle is a good choice but I would love to spice it up. I'm doing an AirBnB, so I could theoretically shop and cook my own meals, but I would love to go out to a restaurant that has compliant options. I tried to Yelp Whole 30 St. Louis but nothing turned up.
  13. Hi all, any other Whole 30-ers in Washington DC? I'm on Day 6 and I cook a lot, but wanted to share how I've managed to go to restaurants so far. Hope others will contribute a few ideas, too! Casual dining: Sweetgreen, Cava, Beefsteak, Taylor Gourmet, Pleasant Pops (if you can resist the popsicles!)... DC is at no loss of good, fresh, fast-casual restaurants for the 9-to-5 lunch crowd. You just need to (nicely) request substitutions, oil and vinegar dressings, etc. etc. Restaurants: Agora, Zaytinya... Middle Eastern has been the way to go for me. Plenty of compliant dips, veggie tapas, and grilled meats to go around. Food shopping: It's August, so farmer's markets are your best bet! Honestly, going to Safeway is uncomfortable, Whole Foods has too many "healthy" temptations, but the Dupont Farmer's Market made me so happy. Just walk really quickly past Keswick cheeses.
  14. Hello, I apologzie if this question has already been asked on the forums, I am new to the forum but not the Whole30. I successfully completed my first Whole30 in May and am currently attempting a second go-round (on day 8 now.) Tomorrow night I have a family diner at On the Border for a birthday. Are there any compliant options on On the Border's menu? Thanks in advance!
  15. I tried to find a previous thread that may have addressed this already. I am on Day 29 and feeling fantastic! I am planning on doing a slow roll introduction because right now nothing really seems worth it to reintroduce immediately. However, my aunt text me earlier because she is in town and wants me to go out to eat with her and my uncle at a Japanese restaurant where they cook in from of you called Miyabi. I'm not sure if it is worth it for me to go or if I should make up an excuse to get out of it. I know I can't have pretty much any of the sauces they use and I can't have rice. So what can I eat? Does anyone have experience at this type of restaurant? I was thinking about maybe just getting shrimp and vegetables and asking them to not use any sauce when they cook it? At least I will know for sure if they do because they will be right in front of me. But my favorite part of these restaurants is usually all of the sauces I get, like ginger, the white sauce and spicy mustard. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  16. Hi! My friend's birthday is tomorrow and we'll be eating at a restaurant called Stampede 66. I was wondering if anyone could help me by finding some options on the menu that are Whole30 compliant (or changing them to be compliant). I'm very comfortable cooking my own food but going out during this 30 day period is making me really nervous! I survived Valentine's day, but it was harder than I anticipated (even checking the menu beforehand---the waitress looked at me like I was crazy when I requested no butter on anything). This time I didn't choose the restaurant though and it seems to be harder to pick something out. Post-Whole30 I wouldn't be as concerned, I just don't want to ruin the healing process that's going on right now. Here is a link to their dinner menu: The braised beef (under meats) and grilled gulf catch (under gulf seafood) look acceptable; do I just ask them to saute in Olive Oil rather than butter?? Do y'all see anything else that might work? I'm not familiar with ingredients in a few of the items, like confit and sous vide, which may have hidden no-nos. Thanks in advance! Nicole P.S. I'm on Day 18 and LOVE it so far!
  17. Indian food

    My boss at work does a yearly lunch with her team . This year it falls during my whole 30. Not going is not an option. We are getting involved to a local Indian place. I just need some help thinking about how to handle it. Do the best I can? Any thing to guys would be great.
  18. We received free invitations to a Mardi Gras ball fundraiser for our son's school. It will be a catered event from several popular restaurants in the area. I will have no way to order special food since it will all more than likely be prepared off-site. Should I take my chances and try to find something compliant?
  19. Hi everyone, First of all, this is my first post on Whole30, so I'm excited to join you all! I'm on Day 4 currently. I need some advice or ideas -- about a month ago, before I decided to do Whole30, I purchased a ticket to attend an all-day (from 11:30am-9:45pm) Best Pictures nominees screening festival at a local movie theater. There's only a 20 minute break between the movies, so I'm at a loss of what I'll do for food that day, besides eating a huge breakfast and then possibly sneaking in a ton of snacks in my purse, though I do feel a little bad about it. The theater I'm going to is pretty new, so they have a restaurant and a bistro to order from (though I highly doubt anything will be compliant, and I haven't been able to find ingredients listed online). One possibility is that there's a movie showing around the dinner hour for a movie I've already seen, so I think there's maybe a chance I can slip out. Other than that, thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks in advance!
  20. I have some travel coming up, and I've managed to work out everything except one single lunch out at a restaurant. For complicated reasons, I am not going to be able to really depose the waiter on what is made with what. I can ask a few questions, but the situation is one where I need to minimize the degree to which it sticks out that I'm "on a diet" where I "can't eat certain things". Please trust me on this - "get over that and ask all the questions that you need to" is distinctly NOT an option. (Put it this way: were it an option, I likely wouldn't need Whole30 to undo a lifetime of maladaptive eating habits). So here's the menu: I'm thinking that options include: - steak tartare hold the croutons - Cauliflower and almonds, hold the cheddar (not sure if that would be possible if it's melted in or something) - roasted beets, hold the ricotta - slow-baked sea bass (can call and ask if they can make the turnips NOT glazed) - pan-roasted salmon, black trumpets and horseradish - roasted pork loin, plums, onions, and mustard Does anyone see anything among these choices that could have hidden non-compliant ingredients? All I need to do is get through lunch in a compliant manner without having to talk about what I'm eating to the people I'm with. I am going to great lengths to stay compliant for the rest of my trip (bringing all of my other meals, basically), so if it's not a perfect template meal...I'm willing to let that go for the day.
  21. Hi everyone, So I just been invited for a intimate dinner party with a team I am not in but they asked me to join. I really want to join but already know upfront that they will make their famous pasta and wine will be flowing the whole night. For me it will be day 27 of the whole30 and I am in a debate if I should or shouldn't go. I don't want to be spoiling their dinner by not eating the pasta etc as that can be offending but I don't know how to approach it so I can stick to the whole30 schedule and join the dinner. I am very temped to not go but that would be a shame too. Thank you for advising! Violette
  22. Hey everyone! I have a 4-day weekend trip coming up in a few weeks in Big Bear, CA. It was a reward for doing well at my work, and I'll be sharing a house with other coworkers and our significant others. This will fall smack-dab in the middle of my whole30, and I'm trying to figure out how I can enjoy this trip while sticking to my guns. I think I can prepare some meals at the house, since it's a house that we're renting. But I'm not entirely sure how well stocked the kitchen is with cooking gear (or if it's stocked at all!). Also, I'm not sure if my coworkers would want to be included in the cooking or not, which if they were they'd have to buy their own ingredients. Plus I don't want to spend all of my free time prepping meals, so I'd need fast and easy recipes (besides chicken breasts!) I know that my fiance and coworkers will want to go out to eat, and that's going to be a bit scary for me, because I'm not sure how well I can trust the restaurants to have what I want, or cook my food in a particular way. I'm debating if I should call up a few places and inquire before I even go up there, so I'm not stuck with nothing to eat. Any other advice or ideas? I see a lot of posts for single outings, but didn't see much for extended trips.
  23. Jimmy Johns

    I contacted Jimmy Johns because we get it at work alot. There are two meats that meet the Whole 30 critera Salami and Capicola. For reference here is what they provided for me on all their meats: Thanks for eating at Jimmy John's, we love our customers! I am writing you back in response to your earlier e-mail. You ask if our meats are soy free: Bacon - It is not soy free. Beef - It is soy free. Ham - It is soy free. Capicola - It is soy free. Salami - It is soy free. Turkey - It is soy free. You ask if our meats are free items: Our bacon is dairy free. Our beef is dairy free. Our Capicola is dairy free. Our ham is dairy free. Our salami is dairy free. Our turkey is dairy free. You ask if our meats are corn free: Bacon – It is corn free. Beef – It is not corn free. Capicola – It is corn free. Salami – It is corn free. Ham – It is corn free. Turkey – It is corn free. You ask if our meats are sugar-free: Bacon - It is not sugar free. Beef - It is not sugar free. Ham - It is not sugar free. Capicola - It is sugar free. Salami - It is sugar free. Turkey - It is not sugar free. You ask if our meats are carrageenan free: Meats – They are carrageenan free. You ask if any of our meats are MSG free: Bacon - There is no MSG Beef - There is no MSG Ham - There is no MSG Capicola -There is no MSG Salami - There is no MSG Turkey - There is no MSG You ask if any of our meats are Sulfite free: Bacon – It is sulfite free. Beef – It is not sulfite free. Ham - It is sulfite free. Capicola - It is sulfite free. Salami - It is sulfite free. Turkey - It is sulfite free. I hope that this answer is helpful. We appreciate your business. Jimmy John's
  24. I'm currently on day 22 and will be traveling to Colorado Springs on business for days 27-32, then staying with a friend for days 33-36. I'm a meeting planner so I will be staying onsite at a hotel with several restaurants for the majority of my trip with only a few opportunities to eat off site. Since my hotel room has a fridge, I've located a natural food grocery store (Whole Foods is really far and I won't have a car) and am planning to stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables and ready to eat proteins (basically anything I won't have to cook) to supplement the few compliant offerings the hotel has (thank goodness they do made to order eggs) when I first arrive. I'll also be packing Epic Bars and Lara Bars bars to tide me over in a pinch. I know Lara Bars are no longer an approved vendor, but it is my understanding they are still compliant when used for travel/emergencies. Any big considerations that I'm missing here? I'm also wondering how strict I should be about staying Whole 30 compliant during my reintroduction period while I'm on this trip? My plan is to do a Fast Track reintroduction over 10+ days, but am I still able to relax on some of the rules like the "no added sugar" as described in the slow roll reintroduction outline of the new book? Relaxing a bit would make things slightly easier as I would be able to order more varied proteins and salads with dressing during the last part of my trip. I'd love to hear any advice on how to be a good house guest while on Whole 30. I'm planning on letting my friend know about my current dietary needs, so she doesn't surprise me with pancakes for breakfast one morning. I may offer to go to the grocery store, and prepare a meal together as an activity, as well as suggesting pre-selected restaurants for when we go out.
  25. Hi all, Any fellow Torontonians in this forum who are (or have) taking on the Whole30 journey? I'd love some suggestions for dining out in Toronto (compliant restaurants, awesome meal hacks you've discovered, etc.) So far I've heard about Chipotle, and Bareburgers. Thank you!