slc Posted July 17, 2015 Share Posted July 17, 2015 I visit my family's house quite often but in the first 11 days of my Whole 30 i've tried not to eat there or pick meals that I know are easy to make Whole 30 compliant meals with the ingredients they have (for example eggs cooked in olive oil with veggies). My mom has been great she's even read researched the Whole 30 guidelines to ensure that there a few items at home that she can cook up so I can eat it. Tonight I swung by as a surprise expecting to say a quick hi and leaving before they eat dinner. When I got there my dad was super excited to see me and said he was grilling up steaks. I asked him if there was any seasoning on it and he said "no... just salt and pepper", but I looked closer at the steak and I saw some green flakes and asked him again then he said oh maybe garlic seasoning too". I checked the garlic seasoning and it wasn't compliant it had sugar. After saying that I couldn't eat it, both of my parents trying to be quick thinkers opted to try to wash the steak of it's seasoning so that I could eat it. At the end of the night I told them that I would just take it home and eat it the next day but realistically I probably won't because i'm not sure that washing did anything. I felt really bad about that. I could see how hard they were trying to make it something that I could eat and when I suggested other foods they seemed keen on me having the steak since they bought it and steak is pricier than let's say potatoes. So this leaves me with three things! 1) Have you ever felt really bad for turning down food that wasn't Whole 30 compliant? How did you cope with it, especially with friends/family who you know are trying their best and care for you, but can't help not knowing every ingredient in a certain dish? 2) Does it bother you that when you ask people for ingredients or ask about marinade or seasoning that sometimes they brush it off saying it's okay you can eat, rather than listing out the ingredients? And later you find out it's not compliant? (I sometimes feel like a broken record when I repeatedly ask my mom are you sure what you made didn't include a can of tomatoes that had sugar in it?) 3) In this case the steak was marinated and there was sugar on it. It wasn't cooked yet so the seasoning was on the outside of the steak. Would running it under water to "wash it" take off enough of the sugar to allow it to be compliant? Could I have eaten the steak? Or would running it under the water just embed it deeper into the meat? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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