I decided long ago to be completely open with how I make my choices about where and what I eat while sticking 100% to the SCD. I want to share with you where I have successfully eaten out and how I order meals to help you make your own choices about what restaurants you want to try ordering SCD legal food at. Everyone must make their own choices on the diet, and these are a few examples of how I've done that in my own everyday life. I hope it's a help to you as you make your own choices!
If you're having difficulty viewing the pdf document: Eating Out When I go to restaurants, I explain that I have "allergies" when I order my meal, so they know why the order is different and why getting the order right is very important. Even if you don't have these restaurants in your area, you can still see the types of meals that might work and how to order. Check websites and call ahead to get more information about new restaurants and new menus, but try to call at a non-busy time!
Applebee's: What to Order:
Sizzling Skillet Fajitas, with just plain steak (not marinated) and/or plain chicken, bell peppers and onions. (No rice, no cheese, no sour cream, no pico de gallo.)
Steak, plain (not marinated), with plain legal steamed or grilled vegetables on the side (like broccoli, carrots, or zucchini). Ask for a cube of real butter on the side to add to the steak and/or veggies.
I've gone to Applebee's several times to order the Sizzling Skillet Fajitas. It's amazingly delicious! But – all but two times they have gotten the Sizzling Skillet Fajitas order wrong the first time and I had to send it back..So start out by talking to the manager and making sure they know you have “allergies” so you can't have any spices and not to put rice on the plate with it. All you want is plain steak (not marinated) and/ or plain chicken with bell peppers and onions.
Baja Fresh: What to Order:
Fire-Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad – ask for the chicken plain with no spices, no cheese and no tortilla strips. (Bring your own homemade dressing – see our sauces, salsas, and condiments page on NoMoreCrohns.com.)
Some stores also serve a grilled Mahi Mahi with lime juice that is great on salad.
Their Pico de Gallo at the side bar is legal – it only contains fresh ingredients.
You may also be able to ask for sliced avocado on the side.
Don’t let them shake on the cheese right before they hand you your salad - it’s illegal.
Burgerville (Pacific Northwest): What to Order:
Grilled Chicken Club Salad Side Salad
Hamburger to Order Breakfast – 2 eggs and bacon well-done (don't order scrambled because of possible added illegals).
They list all ingredients on their website: http:// burgerville.com/
Cracker Barrel What to Order:
Eggs 'n Meat – comes with tomatoes, 3 eggs (not scrambled), and bacon. Served all day.
Ask for bacon well-done, and order any style egg except scrambled because they usually add milk or other illegals to scrambled eggs.
Crab Cooker (Orange County, CA) What to Order:
The Light Eater (or any other fish grilled the same way) with a double order of tomatoes.
You get two skewers of fish cooked in pure butter, with paprika and salt on top, with the two sides being tomatoes.
Five Guys Burgers & Fries What to Order:
Hamburger with one or two patties with no spices, no bun, grilled onions, tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, and green peppers.
Good Times Burgers What to Order:
All Natural Deluxe Burger with no bun, and just lettuce and tomatoes.
In-N-Out Burger >> What to Order:
I like to get a hamburger with two meat patties, but you can also get one with a single patty, ...no bun, with grilled onions and tomato.
The exact order is: "Double meat (or single meat) with tomatoes and grilled onions ONLY, protien-style." (Protein-style means it has no bun. "ONLY" helps them know it will have no cheese or sauce.)
(What In-N-Out and the other burger places we've listed have in common is that their meat is additive free. Many places add flour or other starches to their meat.)
Mimis Cafe What to Order:
Bacon, well done with 2 eggs (not scrambled)
Fresh-squeezed orange juice (make sure it's fresh- squeezed)
Plate of fresh fruit
Salmon – broiled, plain with plain steamed vegetables
Petite Filet, with asparagus – no balsamic vinegar (contains sugar)
Mimi's chopped cobb salad with bacon, avocado, green onions, tomato and blue cheese – with no dressing. If you want meat, see if they’ll give you a broiled chicken breast instead of the turkey, which is illegal.
Broiled chicken and fruit plate, with no dressing and the chicken plain with no spices.
Mimi's Wedge Salad
Ask for bacon well done, and order any style egg except scrambled because they usually add milk or other illegals to scrambled eggs.
Ask for bacon well-done.
(Ask for oil and lemon to add as a dressing, or bring your own homemade dressing – see our sauces, salsas, and condiments page on NoMoreCrohns.com.)
Smashburger What to Order:
Create Your Own Burger, either 1/3 lb. or 1/2 lb. patty, with no bun, grilled onions, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato.
Steak Houses What to Order:
Any steak restaurant will usually be able to make you a plain steak upon request. Just make sure it hasn't been pre-marinated. I also ask for plain steamed vegetables.
Make sure the steak hasn’t been pre-marinated. Ask for it plain and add your own salt and pepper. Ask for a few cubes of real butter on the side that you can add to your steak and vegetables.
Steak 'n Shake What to Order:
Single or double Steakburger with grilled onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. No spices, and no cheese.
Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers What to Order:
Double stack with no cheese, with lettuce and tomato. (This will order you two meat patties, plain, with lettuce and tomato.)
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