I want to reference a writer/blogger/vegan for Zen Habits, via this post on fast food. A minimalist approach to life and aim to eat primarily raw vegetables and fruits have a lot in common. There is nothing as simple as eating for example a cucumber just as it is, not cut or mashed or grated. Many vegetables can be peacefully enjoyed just as they are. In fact so much is missed when we manipulate them before enjoying all they are bringing us. When you see it whole you can appreciate how it got there, how much watering and care and time it all took. Enjoy your food and maybe check out (subscribe to) the Zen Habits blog, it is inspirational and well written.
When I eat out I think simply: what vegetables does this restaurant have back there in the kitchen? Instead of focusing on what I don’t want, I try to find what they have that I want. Then I think how can I order the most of those. Sometimes it is not a problem, they often have a plan for giving you lots of fresh vegetables. When they have no plan I try to think of the simplest option for the chef. Is there a dish where they can just not add cheese or meat? If so could they replace that with more vegetables?
Nearly every time they are kindly willing to work with me. If they aren’t (if I am alone) I am fine with leaving, I really don’t want to support that business. If I am with others I am fine with not ordering.
Just a couple examples (I can’t be an expert here): Panera Bread and Chipotle have salads. Subway has lots of kinds of vegetables and salads. Einsteins Bagels offers all vegetable salads (in an airport two days ago I found this and it was delicious). The coutons and dressing were all on the side so I just tossed them in the trash and enjoyed a great pile of fresh vegetables. In fact it was packed so well I tossed the salad package into my bag on end and ate it on the plane. That’s salad on the go!
People say pizza places have salad bars. However thinking of the smell from so many years ago, it reminds me of closing/clogged arteries and death really. About 10 years ago on a work trip the group chose to go to a Culvers. I was sickened by the smell of grease and sad for the people in line. Thank goodness they ate outside, so I could sit outside with them while they ate and we all enjoyed the sun.
I learned as a child when I did a year without sugar that you can just opt out of what everyone is eating and the sky doesn’t fall or anything really! Happily so many places offer salad options lets support them when we end up showing at places. Countless times I have asked for the manager and expressed concerns. My least favorite response is when they say: veggies options don’t sell that is why we don’t have any option for you. Incidentally I don’t always think they have really run recent numbers. Best of luck to all you in this new year!