As you might imagine, eating out (and traveling) while not eating processed food can be difficult. I've avoided it thus far, but part of the conference was a dinner out at a nice restaurant. Since I like to socialize (and think it's important to do at a conference) I went, knowing I could at least find something.
I probably ended up eating something processed, but I tried my best to avoid the main culprits: breads, pastas, and dessert. The hardest part is just not knowing what they could be putting in/on what might be completely innocent foods, so I probably won't be eating out at all for the rest of this month. I had a nice piece of fish and some vegetables, and some soup, which was all very tasty, though a bit rich.
I eyed the brownie/ice cream they brought out, but I just called to mind how horrible I'd feel because I knew I couldn't eat just one bite. I think deprivation is a really bad idea (and a way of mistreating the body and delicious food), so I focused on knowing that I wasn't depriving myself--I was actively making the decision to say no now with the knowledge that I was ultimately treating my body better for it. It was surprisingly not difficult; instead of thinking so much about food, I focused on having AWESOME conversations with my fellow dining companions.
Which is exactly why I opted to not be completely strict tonight and make do with the best options I had.