Ok – so I will admit, traveling and sticking to Paleo is FREAKIN’ hard! BUT it’s doable :)
I have been traveling for the past three weeks on both vacation and work and I must say it was much more of a challenge for me – especially when you are traveling to awesome cities like New York and LA. Nobody wants to be “that guy” who won’t do anything, try any legit foods or make everyone’s life complicated because you’re eating like a caveman. Just don’t be “that guy”.
Here are some things I learned and recommend for the next time you are traveling and want to avoid putting on a couple 100 lbs by sticking to your Paleo/primal eating.
1) DO NOT ANNOUNCE TO THE WORLD THAT YOU ARE ON PALEO:
No seriously, keep that ish to yourself. If it comes up in conversation and people ask questions then great! Talk about it and maybe you can introduce your friends or co-workers to the world’s greatest fat loss program (aka eating real foods). But don’t go around trying to draw attention because you eat like a caveman. That just makes our population look like some pestering Vegans, and we are not like that, right guys?! ;)
2) Don’t let friends or family (or girlfriends) try to accommodate you for the times you are going to eat dinner with the group.
- There is nothing wrong with that…. it just shows the people that care about you are being considerate of your lifestyle. However, don’t let them. It’s nice of them but I don’t believe one person should change the plans of the majority. Kindly let them know, don’t worry about me, I will work things out on my own (along with a nice big smile and hug)
- Now if your like me, at this point you are thinking “CRAP WTF AM I GONNA EAT AT THIS MEXICAN RESTAURANT NOW?!”
You are already at the restaurant now and it’s too late. You already told them don’t worry about me. So what I found works best for me was eat something Paleo BEFORE your dinner. If you have some get-away time, stock up either at your hotel with some food or step out and find a quick little local spot to eat at. You don’t have to get full (don’t want to be eating two meals) but at least eating something will help you resist the temptation of not-so-friendly foods at your dinner.
Having said that, be adventurous and try something new. You don’t have to sacrifice fun for your lifestyle, you are in a new city, enjoy it the best you can! Just don’t stuff your face and remember it’s about enjoying the taste of the food, not how much you can fit in your belly.
3) Snacks, Snacks, Snacks
Unfortunately, when you get hungry it’s too late and more than likely, anything at that point will do just fine since you are on vacay or working. There are not really many Paleo-friendly spots around town (at least not conveniently located for you in a new city). What really helped me was carrying around my own trail mix. On my most recent trip, I hit up the Sprouts store before and grabbed bags full of a variety of nuts and dried fruits. I also made sure to stock up on fruits from the hotel – they usually give them away. Carry them with you and snack whenever you get hungry.
This should be a no brainer but I think we forget. A lot of times, we are not really hungry, we are just thirsty. If you constantly drink water ALL day, you will find yourself not craving a majority of those sweets or bakery’s you pass.
5) Stick to Tequila
- The truth is, you are probably going to want to party. I totally understand this, I get the urge. Stick to a tequila liquor. Beer is full of yeast, carbs and probably preservatives unless you’re having a home grown beer. Vodkas come from grains. Tequila is from the Agave plant – as natural as you will get and you will get wasted faster so what does that mean? Less money to spend!
6) Sneak meals
If you do ever get a chance to get away from the group, do it and have your own meal on your own time. Typically for breakfast or lunch it’s ok. Dinner is where it starts to look like you just don’t want to hang with everyone else.
7) Use the free continental breakfast
- Many times at hotels, they will offer free breakfast. Check with yours before you reserve and make sure not to miss it. Ideally, you want to book a hotel that offers breakfast with some eggs and meat. They will usually have fruit available (like I said before). Just stay away from the other crap like the cereals, oatmeal, bread/bagels and waffles.
I hope this was helpful. What other tricks do you use when traveling to stay Paleo? Use the Hashtag #keepinitpaleo on Instagram and Twitter… I’d love to hear them!
Love, peace bacon grease