Tips for Going out to Eat
Many of us go out to eat, especially those of you who are busy and will be following the one-amazing-meal-a-day plan. The minimal goal of restaurant eating is to enjoy nourishing and tasty foods that will not set you back in your tooth or gum healing process. The restaurants that are thoroughly engaged in whole-food, nutrient-dense cooking with high quality ingredients tend to be the most expensive. The style of their cuisine typically has at least some inspiration from traditional French cooking. These restaurants do not use excess grains to fill you up with low-cost calories, and you can expect local ingredients, grass-fed meats, and wild caught fish.
Many of them understand the value of organ meats and serve sweetbreads, liver, oysters and clams. Expect to pay $20-30 or considerably more per adult. I recommend that you avoid pasta or grain-based dishes from these restaurants. If you are the type of person who can afford to dine this way regularly, why not take care of yourself and give your body what it needs by eating at the best restaurants?
Before going to restaurants I usually look at the menu to see if there is some type of high-quality protein such as a wild caught fish, or grass-fed meat. Restaurants offering catfish, tilapia, shrimp, and salmon are usually serving the farm-raised variety. Most of the other types of fish in restaurants are usually wild caught. We also call restaurants in advance to see what type of cooking oil they use.
Some restaurants cook food by smoking or grilling, in which case the cooking oil becomes much less of an issue. Depending on the dish or restaurant you might be able to request that your food be fried in butter or lard, as compared with the unhealthy vegetable oil too many restaurants use. We avoid deep fried dishes fried in vegetable oil. Do not be afraid to sneak your favorite butter into the restaurant.
Many restaurants try to fill you up on bread. I generally avoid this bread although my family will eat a piece or two if they are hungry. If you are getting a sandwich or a hamburger, try to get it on sourdough bread. If the bread is not sourdough, consider eating only half of the bread served.
When you go out to eat while you are trying to heal your teeth, I would encourage you to skip the sweet drinks, beer, wine and desserts on the menu; all of these items will affect your body chemistry adversely. With a little bit of discipline you can convert your restaurant adventures into meals that support or at least do not harm your efforts to heal your tooth decay.