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How to Eat Differently Than Others

I have been eating Paleo the past 6 months. I consider myself a semi-pro at following this dietary style; however, when traveling it can get a bit more tricky. This was my first Christmas as a Paleo eater and to say that I received several wayward glances would be an understatement. The fact that last Christmas I was a vegetarian/almost-vegan eater made my extended family completely confused. When celebrated Mumsie’s birthday at a high end steak restaurant in the past, everyone’s plate looked like this:

(Chase’s Beloved NY Strip)

Meanwhile, my plate looked like this:

(My plate in previous years….I kid you not).

However, this year I strolled in proclaiming my undying love for meat.

(Love it.)

Seriously, I am in love. While some family members looked at me as if I had been invaded by the body-snatchers, I am healthy and happy, so that is all that matters. I am confident in my decision to eat this way (as is my stomach, which no longer plagues me with stomach aches); however, it has been a little difficult to avoid gluten, legumes, dairy, etc. at the many dinners, parites, and get-togthers. Some paleo peeps recommend fasting during times when Paleo food is not available, I believe that fasting is ridiculous (for me) and makes me the most crabby, awful, human in the world.


Yeah, no fasting for me.

After a couple of meals where my Paleo options were slim, I decided that I needed to be more prepared on this trip. Consequently, I began always carrying several food items that would keep me nourished if no other options were possible. In the past 14 days we have traveled from our home in Pennsylvania to my parents in Kentucky. We then drove to Chase’s mom and step-dad’s house and his dad’s house in Missouri and then back to Kentucky. Between the hours in the car and the multiple houses, my Paleo travel kit has been totally key. While some of the items on the list are not 100% ideal Paleo, they are quick, nourishing, and work in a pinch.

1) Grilled Chicken Breasts

Before we left PA, I packaged up a bunch of grilled chicken and put it on some ice. I ate it during out long journey to Kentucky. I then made sure that we bought some more chicken in Missouri which I cooked and put in individual foil packages to have on hand. Yes, I looked like I total weirdo taking out my packages of chicken, but I was a well-nourished and non-crabby weirdo which is a total win-win!

2) Eggs

(Best Paleo Breakfast staple.)

Whenever we have arrived at one of our holiday destinations, we have stopped at a grocery store to pick up a dozen eggs. I am totally obsessed with eggs right now because they are quick, cheap, and easy sources of protein and fat AND they are perfect for any meal of the day.


3) Odwalla Mo’ Beta Juice

I stinking love this stuff. We stocked up on a dozen of these juices (which have no added sugar and have the juice of  3 apples, a mango, a pineapple and a kiwi) and I have been drinking them when I do not have access to any Paleo breakfast (eggs!) or lunch options. They have also been perfect for pre-run fuel. I am totally in love.

4) Dried Cherries

Paleo pro’s often treat dried fruit as a pejorative snack option, but I am totally supportive of dried fruit, especially when traveling. We brought a bunch of apples and pears, but they never last long and they often get bruised and battered in transit.  I LOVE dried cherries and when I mix them with some almonds it serves as the most perfect sweet-n-salty Paleo snack on-the-go.

5) Totally not Paleo, but completely delicious Kettle Corn

Trader Joe’s makes this amazing lite Kettle Corn in individual packages. I buy the lite because it has VERY little sugar. Now I realize that corn is not “Paleo;” however, I have been experimenting with adding a little corn back into my diet and so far my stomach has been A-ok! This stuff has been a complete lifesaver on our trip because it is satisfying morning, noon, and night and provides a nice shot of carbs and fiber.


What are your on-the go eating options? Do you eat differently than your family members? Do you have a favorite travel snack or meal?


About paleorunnergirl

I am obsessed with cooking, running and reading! I teach American Literature at the college level, but enjoy books of all kind! After years of GI issues and being prescribed numerous medications, I found perfection in eating Paleo! I am no longer bloated, nauseous, or miserable on a daily basis. I have delved into creating Paleo recipe-making and embracing an active and playful life!

10 responses »

  1. Oh man. Fasting would make me super cranky too. I kind of took a pass on Christmas day, but held it together for the rest of the holiday season pretty well. Although I’m not vegetarian or paleo, even just eating more healthfully can be a challenge around family and friends you used to hit up mcdonalds with!

  2. Those all sound like fantastic go-to’s! I have been a weird eater long enough that my family is just kind of used to it. 🙂 They know that there must be veggies around or I WILL go nuts! I couldn’t imagine fasting- that is not something I have the self control for….. Carrots, celery, and hummus are my staples at all times!

  3. I like that you’re flexible yet plan ahead so you can feel your best, I try to do the same but I’ve gotten good at flowing with any situation. I’m not strickly paleo but I am strictly gluten free so I definetely eat differently. I always bring a dish to share that I can eat, or I let whoever is cooking know ahead of time. So far no fasting for me (which is a good thing, its not for me either!).

  4. It’s definitely tough to have such different eating habits than your family members. Believe me, holidays are difficult with food for me too! But I make sure if I know I’m going to a place where my eating options will be slim I either simply eat beforehand, or like you I’ll pack some of my own snacks. I’ve gotten strange looks taking out my own food, but I think at this point I’m used to it and others are as well!

  5. OMG that kettle corn…I am in love. I buy the individual packs as well and can’t stop eating them at work! Perfect snack.

  6. I have to commend you on preparing travel food and being able to stay on your diet when at family members houses. I have the hardest time maintaining my diet when I travel or go to dinner parties. I hate talking about my diet choices and making people change their menu because of me so I typically just eat what they serve. How did you get used to saying no and explaining your diet to everyone?

  7. I hope you had a wonderful New Years!!
    I always bring hard-boiled eggs and fruit with me when visiting the relatives…I hate to be stuck hungry because I do eat differently from my family members.
    happy 2012!

  8. Planning ahead is so important with eating this way! lol, that’s what my post today is on. Great job getting through the holidays.

  9. stinkandhincks

    I love planning ahead. I try (sometimes unsuccessfully) to plan ahead otherwise I get HANGRY which Damien and I dub when you are so hungry you’re angry. Haha!

  10. oh man i think i need to buy popcorn…its been too long! i think my ny resolution for this yr is to give paleo another try! i tried it for like, 4 days then quit haha…not this time around!


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