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Old 07-27-2012, 05:13 PM   #1
Sarah Johnston
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Paleo when traveling-help

I've made a few attempts to go Paleo and would rather eat clean anyway. But my challenge is that I travel almost every week for work. Airports, trade shows and road trips are not the most Paleo friendly places. I take protein powder and use that as my standard breakfast but I find it almost impossible to follow any kind of meal plan on the road. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:40 PM   #2
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Re: Paleo when traveling-help

I travel for work as well. You have to prepare. Bring food with you or, if you've rented a car, go to the super market.

It's not impossible.

Airports typically have SOME sort of place you can get a salad with grilled chicken or even a burger without the bun. Bags of nuts, sometimes I've seen fruit salads. It might not be a meat+veggie meal but a bag of nuts is better than giving up and killing a cinnabon because "there's no other option."

Yes trade shows can be difficult, my plan is usually to eat a giant breakfast so I'm good for the rest of the day. I just sat through 3 days of a partner conference and the only paleo foods they had were almonds/cashews and toasted coconut flakes for an afternoon snack.

For me really the trick seems to be to kinda stuff myself on paleo foods when I get a chance (breakfast or lunch) and just avoid bad food throughout the day.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:31 AM   #3
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Re: Paleo when traveling-help

I always bring cans of sardines and apples when traveling along with paleokits and some toasted kale. I find eggs to be the safest protein choice when eating out as chicken and beef from restaurants are usually pre-frozen and contains a lot of fillers and preservatives to help keep them longer.
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Old 07-28-2012, 06:09 AM   #4
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Re: Paleo when traveling-help

Steve, I agree for the most part but scrambled eggs can be a mess for me. They usually contain some milk to make them fluffy. I have a pretty nasty milk allergy so I try to go for eggs prepared over easy or over hard.

Also beware of IHOP eggs, apparently I heard they put some of their pan cake mix into them to make them super fluffy, (gluten bomb).
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:10 AM   #5
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Re: Paleo when traveling-help

Thanks for the suggestions. I also eat only organic and grass fed which I have to put to the side on the road because how would you know.
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:15 PM   #6
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Re: Paleo when traveling-help

I always travel with Larabars, beef jerky, nuts, and fruit. You can almost always find eggs, salads and grilled chicken on the go.
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Old 07-28-2012, 04:15 PM   #7
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Re: Paleo when traveling-help

The Whole Foods deli/hot bar is good, fast, and posts the full ingredients list for every item. Worth seeking out. If you're in the Northeast, Wegman's might be worth a look as well.

Breakfast: eggs, fruit, maybe ham or bacon if you're not too worried about preservatives and such. Some places have an omelet bar where they crack fresh eggs in front of you, but otherwise over easy/hard might be a better way to make sure you're getting just eggs, without unwelcome preservatives and fillers.

Lunch: Most places will have some kind of salad with ham or grilled chicken. In larger cities, look for Thai or Vietnamese: they have a lot of noodle dishes, but also lots of stir-fries and coconut milk curries. (Chinese could work, in theory, but in my experience there are an awful lot of bad Chinese places out there. Risky in a strange town without a local guide.) Korean is great if you can find it.

Dinner: Same choices as for lunch, plus there are lots of places where you can get a steak or grilled chicken and salad or other veggies.

Airports and tradeshows are tough. You can almost always find fruit, nuts, and maybe jerky, but real meals are hit or miss. Again, salads are probably your best bet. If your show is in an urban area, try to plan lunch so that you have enough time to find a place outside the convention center. Research ahead of time helps.

If time and your expense account allow, spending more will give you more choices and better quality.

Hope this helps,

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Old 07-30-2012, 06:14 AM   #8
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Re: Paleo when traveling-help

Sarah, appreciate just what a difficult task you have set for yourself. You want to consume a clean Paleo diet in the midst of American food culture. This is very, very difficult. Compliance with a vegan diet is easier in America than compliance with a Paleo diet. Our food culture is awash in grains, sugar, over-processed meats, unhealthy fats, and industrial manufactured food.

I have become a great fan of the Paleo diet, which has served me very well in fat loss and improved health. However, I am also reasonable and balanced about it. When I need some really carb dense foods, I'll consume grains such as oats or maybe rice. I avoid the gluten heavy grains as I am gluten sensitive. And I enjoy some dairy based products from time to time as well.

Sarah, you can gain tremendous benefits by complying with a Paleo diet 80% or 90% of the time. For those times when you just can't find any Paleo foods to eat, do the best you can with what you have, and be happy with that. While this won't be a perfect Paleo diet, it will nonetheless be an exceptionally healthy and nutritious diet, provided you use some good sense and bring balance to it all.
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:45 AM   #9
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Re: Paleo when traveling-help

Steve's Paleo kits are great. They're kind of expensive, so you find different brands if you look around.
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Old 08-04-2012, 02:43 PM   #10
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Re: Paleo when traveling-help

Breakfast - Go to a good breakfast place, usually you can get an omlette with lots of meats in it.

Lunch - Chipotle fajita bowl! Peppers, onions, double meat, salsa, lettuce and guacamole and a Pacifico, which I'm pretty sure cavemen drank.

Dinner - the easiest meal to go paleo. Steak + veggies + red wine, which I'm also convinced cavemen drank. Don't challenge me on this, as I won't be changing my mind.

Snacking - I look for butchers / meat markets with a packed parking lot. I've found lots of good jerky this way, some of them even assume you're grilling out and have some fresh veggies already cut up. If I'm in a bind, any gas station will have almonds, which will get me an hour down the road.

If you're ever in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Brasa Premium Rotisserie (www.brasa.us) is a gluten free paleo heaven.
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