My name is Adam and Sarah has graciously given me the opportunity to share a guest post on her blog today. I am still fairly new to the Paleo diet (my one year anniversary is in November). I have faced a number of challenges along the way. My biggest challenge was when I had to travel to four states in the span of a couple of months.
Most people who have tried traveling since they have gone on the Paleo diet will tell you it isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do. It’s certainly possible, but you will have to deal with two main challenges:
- Your schedule will probably change frequently.
- You will be at the mercy of whatever food is available to you at the time.
I knew that it was going to be difficult to follow my diet throughout the trip. Fortunately, I was able to make it work with only one or two slip-ups that I mention later in the post.
Being a Paleo at the Airport
The biggest challenge most Paleo followers have is when they go to the airport. Airports are not known for having the best Paleo selection. I didn’t think I would even be able to buy Paleo food at all, so I just brought my own food to the airport and ate there.
I thought the TSA was going to give me all hell for bringing food on board. I was more than a little nervous about going through the checkpoint since they have become so strict with air travel regulations. Fortunately, they didn’t give me any trouble at all. As long as you aren’t carrying any liquids, you shouldn’t have any problems going through security.
The more challenging part was finding something to eat at the airport itself. I wasn’t able to bring in enough food to last my entire stay at the airport and wanted something to hold me over on the plane.
Abel Jones (host of the sensational show the Fat Burning Man) has shared some great tips about eating Paleo foods when you go to the airport. Jones said he ate a healthy amount of eggs, chili, veggies and roast beef when he was traveling to a conference. Abel didn’t say anything about dressings for salads, but I’ve heard others say you can often get some coconut oil if you want to add something to your salads. It’s better than the salad dressing the TSA would let you bring through the checkpoint (which is nothing).
I wasn’t lucky enough to find any coconut oil dressing so I cheated a little and got some Italian dressing. I believe there are times when you won’t be able to follow the Paleo diet to a tee. When you are traveling you will have a hard time making perfect decisions. I am happy with myself as long as I am doing the best I possibly can.
Eating During Your Stay
Once you get off the airport you are going to need to start thinking about what you are going to do for the remainder of your trip. You can either eat out or try to get a hotel room with a kitchen unit.
You can choose whichever option is best for you. I was constrained by my budget, so eating out at a decent restaurant regularly wasn’t an option. I also couldn’t afford to pay to upgrade my room. I had to think outside the box a little to find another way to satisfy my nutritional needs.
I spent most of my time living off of nonperishable foods and an occasional McDonald’s salad (one of the only menu items that is either Paleo or nutritious). Once in a while I could pay a little more to eat somewhere a little higher end. Since I was staying at places that didn’t have refrigerators for the most part, I had to stick with nonperishable foods or those I intended to eat right away.
I would often buy a slab of roast beef at the local market and have it along with a side of salad with coconut oil there. Without a fridge, I obviously couldn’t buy in bulk. Buying smaller packages is more expensive in the long run, but I didn’t want to pay to upgrade my room. As a small business owner I prefer to keep a trim budget.
I was able to sustain myself pretty well this way with nuts and dried fruit for sides. I never thought how often modern cavemen have come to depend on kitchenettes until I didn’t have one! Nonetheless, I did pretty well. Still I wasn’t able to vary my diet as much as I’d like so I had to go out to eat once in a while.
Being a Paleo traveler on a tight budget isn’t easy by any means! Somehow I was able to make it work. Do any of you have experience traveling as well? We’d love to hear what you did.
[cc_half_col_left background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″]Some non-perishable foods to keep around:
- Coconut Milk
- Canned Salmon
- Canned Sardines
- Tuna in a Pouch
- Mixed Nuts
- Dried or Freeze-Dried Fruit
- Paleo-Friendly Trail Mixes (look for peanut-free, candy-free)
- Clif Kit’s Organic Fruit & Nut Bars
- Lara Bars
- Tanka Bars
- AMRAP Bars
- Steve’s Paleo Kits
- Olive oil
- Coconut Butter
- Nut and Seed Butters (some of these say to refrigerate after opening, but are still typically okay for several days)[/cc_half_col_left]
[cc_half_col_right background_color=”f1f1f1″ radius=”6″ shadow_color=”888888″] Some fresh foods that will keep a day or two at room temperature:
- Citrus Fruits
- Lemon or Lime Juice
- Other fresh fruits and veggies
Useful to pack with you :
- Can opener
- Pocket or Swiss Army Knife (don’t pack in your carry-on)
- Ziplock Bags [/cc_half_col_right]
Adam Schlaeber writes recipes for people following the Paleo diet. He is the cofounder of thegreatPaleodietcookbook.com, a blog about Paleo diet recipes. He shares resources on primal living in the modern world.