There's seemingly no end to the impact the Whole30 diet can have on your health. It's known to help break bad habits, increase energy levels, clear your skin, ease anxiety, and more. Like most worthwhile endeavours, though, it isn't easy.
Take something as simple as grabbing a quick meal at Chipotle. If you've read the rules, you already know tortillas, chips, rice, corn, beans, and cheese are off the menu. But in Whole30, it's not just the foods that matter, but also how they're prepared. Chipotle's meats, as well as the fajita veggies, are cooked in non-compliant rice bran oil. That doesn't mean you have to skip the place altogether — take these steps to build a healthy meal that even a Whole30 coach would be proud of:
- First ask for leafy greens: No matter the diet, you can always start with a salad. At Chipotle, that's a bowl of fresh romaine lettuce.
- Get the carnitas: The founders of the Whole30 program recognise that it'd be near impossible to dine out if they banned all vegetable oils from the diet. With the exception of the carnitas — which are made using sunflower oil — all of the meats at Chipotle are cooked in non-compliant rice bran oil. While not recommended for daily use, limited intake of sunflower oil is allowed on Whole30.
- Instead of veggies, opt for salsa: Since rice bran oil is a no-go, you'll have to pass on the fajita veggies. Salsa is a tasty alternative, though, and it doubles as a dressing. The Tomatillo-Green Chili Salsa, Tomatillo-Red Chili Salsa, and Fresh Tomato Salsa are all Whole30-approved, so choose your favourite or ask for all three.
- Top it off with guacamole: If you don't add guac, did you even go to Chipotle? Seriously, though, order the guacamole — you'll get a heaping dose of healthy fats that'll leave you satisfied until tomorrow's sugar-free, grain-free breakfast.