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Takeout on Whole30

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When you are not eating added sugars, dairy, alcohol, legumes, or grains for thirty days, your options when ordering take out aren’t absent, but they certainly aren’t abundant. At least not in the Akron, Ohio area. On day four of the program, I’m still feeling focused and committed, so I didn’t want to ruin the progress.

Tonight, with the #WINDIANS on against the Yankees and a very tired toddler requiring an on-time bedtime, we decided we’d order wings for dinner instead of venturing against the crowds. Well, if you want wings, pretty much every single sauce recipe has sugar added to enhance or shape the flavor. Since I didn’t want to be a royal pain in the derriere to our favorite local establishment, the Winking Lizard, on a huge ballgame night when they are stacked with customers, I didn’t quiz the poor girl that answered the phone on what sauces had sugar added to them.

Instead, I went with a dry rub! Now, I still can’t be 100% sure that the rubs didn’t contain sugar, but I figured it was a much smaller chance since I picked flavors like lemon pepper (tangy, but a kick), six pepper (some heat, but tons of flavor), and salt & vinegar (pucker up!). I pregamed dinner with a wedge salad less bleu cheese and dressing (I added Tessamae ranch dressing on my own). My husband ordered wings with sauce and a wedge with dressing, so my order probably sounded completely crazy to the poor girl.

It was bound to happen that I’m not going to want to cook or, in tonight’s case, don’t actually have anything to cook because I remarkably made everything I bought at the store by Thursday night AND ate all the leftovers for lunch at work. Folks, that never happens, so you can imagine my pleasantly surprised need to order food. Usually, I have food in the fridge, but I’m bored with the options or I just don’t want to cook. So, chalk this up as a successful week with food.

It’s certainly not 100% proven to be compliant with the Whole30 program, but I felt like it was the best option I had to get what I wanted while putting my best effort in staying compliant to the program. My minimal research on whether wings were compliant in the first place led me to a number of blogs where people ordered the wings naked and then basted them in their own Whole30-approved sauce made from scratch. So, I would say that is an option for someone with the time and willingness to make the sauce on their own.

For me, it was a perfect night: wings, watching baseball with my husband, and a win for the Tribe! And NO guilt about the food!

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