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Paleo while air sick

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Created January 06, 2012 at 5:45 AM

I am in the Navy and I fly a few times a week. I rarely get sick on flights anymore because I have found what food "works" for me. They just so happen to be super not Paleo. Peanut butter and boysenberry sandwich, wheat thins, pretzel sticks etc. I have been trying start a stricter Paleo lifestyle but I'm finding it impossible on days that I fly. The few times I have tried I was almost too ill to do my job.

Anyone have experience with this?

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on January 07, 2012
at 11:02 PM

I love fennel I will give that a shot.

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on January 07, 2012
at 11:01 PM

I will try the Ezekial brand. I love almond butter so that shouldn't be a hard switch. I intake basically no simple sugars on normal days and the kind of jelly I use is made with splenda. Not sure if that's much better though...

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on January 07, 2012
at 10:58 PM

That was my thought process also. Why should I feel bad eating what makes it possible for me to not spend my time at work barfing? I shouldn't and I won't anymore. :)

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on January 07, 2012
at 10:54 PM

I might try the potato options. I think that could work. Honey is awesome too; I'll add that too my ginger tea.

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on January 07, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Thanks. This is actually very helpful. :)

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on January 07, 2012
at 10:50 PM

We usually do a protein and a veg. No grains, no legumes, very little dairy. Black coffee everyday. The answers that took away the guilt of having to "cheat" because of my job made me feel much better. I'm doing crossfit every other day. I'm just accepting that I need to listen to my body and it's saying, "it's okay to eat bread on fly days."

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on January 06, 2012
at 03:40 PM

I want plain and simple if my stomach feels like shite. Saltines, an ice cold Gatorade - red, Congee made with chicken stock adding a little ginger and soy. Anything else doesn't cut it. I've tried. You need to be optimum if you're in the air so a forever free pass to you for finding a combo that works - Paleo/Primal or whatever :)

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on January 06, 2012
at 02:28 PM

Some pregnant mamas have found that the ONLY thing that settles their nausea is wheat. I'm thinking the opiates?

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on January 06, 2012
at 08:16 AM

Nothing says you need to be paleo 24/7. You can always eat paleo on non flying days/outside flight times, and the things that settle your stomach during flying.

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on January 07, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Thanks. This is actually very helpful. :)

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on January 06, 2012
at 05:54 AM

I've always found that low blood sugar makes me nauseated, and back in the day, I had to eat a lot of simple sugars to keep my stomach settled. However, switching to a fat and protein based diet has really helped with the nausea by keeping my blood sugar stable. Unfortunately, there is an adaptation period which takes a few weeks, and I can imagine that during those weeks you'd be pretty susceptible to nausea. Maybe you could start by replacing your less paleo carbs with rice or sweet potatoes and see if that works. And then, when you have leave, try cutting the carbs back and see how you feel.

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on January 06, 2012
at 06:40 AM

I would recommend a good ginger tea--cold or hot. Replace some of the items with rice crackers and almond butter. If you want to keep the sandwiches try switching to a sprouted bread. You find them in the frozen section in natural stores and most regular grocery stores. They are more gut friendly then regular bread if you're not ready to make your own sourdough bread or something like that. The best brand in my opinion is Ezekiel in the (orange package if I remember?) And if you're not eating a ton of fructose/simple sugars on the days you don't fly then keep the Boysenberry?!

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on January 07, 2012
at 11:01 PM

I will try the Ezekial brand. I love almond butter so that shouldn't be a hard switch. I intake basically no simple sugars on normal days and the kind of jelly I use is made with splenda. Not sure if that's much better though...

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on January 06, 2012
at 06:28 AM

Most of your list looks like fairly simplistic carbs (they also settle my stomach, so I completely understand)...have you tried out non-gluteny simple carbs? I'm thinking rice crackers, coconut/palm oil-fried taro chips, perhaps mashed sweet potatoes or regular potatoes. It may be hard to source these things if you must stay on base, though. A bit of honey also settles my stomach, and if you are active and it is an occasional indulgence, honey might work in your paleo too.

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on January 07, 2012
at 10:54 PM

I might try the potato options. I think that could work. Honey is awesome too; I'll add that too my ginger tea.

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on January 06, 2012
at 09:41 AM

It may be more a question of meal timing, or maybe just giving your body time to adjust which may not be possible for you right now. It may help to know what you ate and when in relation to the flight days you tried to stay Paleo, but there's almost certainly a reasonable compromise to be found.

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on January 07, 2012
at 10:50 PM

We usually do a protein and a veg. No grains, no legumes, very little dairy. Black coffee everyday. The answers that took away the guilt of having to "cheat" because of my job made me feel much better. I'm doing crossfit every other day. I'm just accepting that I need to listen to my body and it's saying, "it's okay to eat bread on fly days."

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on January 06, 2012
at 09:27 AM

There's also the classic remedies, I know a lot of people who swear by ginger for any sort of motion sickness: fresh ginger, candied ginger, ginger tea, ginger coffee, ginger gum, ginger pills, whatever they can get their hands on -- if they know they'll be traveling, they will strip friends' cupboards of anything ginger related ...

Another old classic for upset stomach is a spoonful of fennel seed, but a lot of people cannot stand the licorice flavor ...

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on January 07, 2012
at 11:02 PM

I love fennel I will give that a shot.

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