I am going to spend two weeks visiting friends. One week will be with a vegetarian family who eat a lot of carbs (bake their own breads etc.), and even had strong adventures with veganism... I've already had some hot discussions with her (the mother), as she is very, very passionately anti-animal usage, pro-vegan, especially low-fat vegan... The thing that saves me is that they have their own chickens and healthy eggs. But how many eggs can I eat a day? What other sources of protein can I get and what is the lesser evil? I am planning on buying extra cheese, cream etc to keep up fat intake, but I am worried about protein and overeating (is it even possible?) eggs.
the other week should be slightly easier as it's with a meat-eating friend, but she eats very little meat (for financial and religious reasons - kosher meat is v. expensive in her town), bakes her own bread and cakes and so on...
I feel bad also not to be able to participate in meals that are lovingly made by a host... how do you deal with that? I don't want to offend or upset my hosts who are so wonderful to host me!
Thanks for any tips :)
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on June 27, 2010
at 02:55 PM
Ugh, I had the misfortune of working on a mostly-vegetarian farm at some point. My stomach was destroyed- I had cramps and gas all day. These days I've learned to stand up for myself and say absolutely no to gluten and to only consume beans/grains that are fermented and even then...only in small amounts.
I've personally survived off only eggs for up to a week. Several LC people have done egg fasts. One tip I learned is to throw away some of the whites or let your friends eat them, so you get more fat than protein.
Otherwise, emphasize that root vegetables, fruits, and tubers are OK, as is coconut milk. Yes, they cause weight gain in some people, but your main worry should be not making your hosts crazy and/or annoyed. Potatoes, carrots, yams...these are foods that healthy cultures have been able to survive on. Though they are not as good as meat, in my experience they do not cause the kind of problems grains and beans do. I once had to live off of fruit smoothies for a few days and I emerged unscathed, which wouldn't have happened if I had buckled to cake and bread.
on June 27, 2010
at 05:18 PM
I found a great way to politely turn down any kind of food you do not want to eat that is offered to you.
And TECHNICALLY you are allergic to the wheats/grains/legumes because they cause 'allergic' reactions in you.
on June 27, 2010
at 02:56 PM
You got twenty per cent wiggle room. Eat the veggies but push the grain to the side of the plate. Paleo loves the meat but veggies are part of the equation too. I say that I eat more vegetables them most vegetarians as they are really grain eaters. Don't eat too much as Paleo types can go without meal for a few days and some of that stuff will not agree with you anymore. btw- NO danger in eating too many eggs. Bring some avocados.
Be up front with your diet as They Are. Loving prepare doesn't correct poor diet choices. If you have lost a bunch of weight or gain some muscle or generally hear from people how good you look, etc- Let them know it is the HIGH FAT LOW CARB PALEO- No grains style diet you are on. If you lovingly prepare a Paleo feast- I'm sure you wouldn't freak out that your Vegan friends didn't join it- you might even have a side dish for them.
Good Luck Stand up for your food choices- we are need to be more open
on June 28, 2010
at 01:17 PM
In one week's time, unless you really go superoverboardcrazystyle, you wont overdo eggs. Like another reply said, just go eggs and veggies for most meals. There are tons of different preparations for that same ol' egg, so dont worry. be creative. hardboiled, omelettes, fritattas, cloufouti (great recipe on marks for that last one) etc Think positively about this: its a great experiment. Grok surely had times (days maybe, weeks maybe, months maybe) when there were no big animals about. He prolly got by on eggs, veg, and seeds. I personally dont do seeds and nuts, but thinking about being out in the wild/exacerbated circumstances like what youre going into, theyre the perfect get-by food, no?
on June 28, 2010
at 09:37 AM
I agree with another poster, just say that you are allergic. I say this all the time and in some ways it's true as I don't feel as well when I eat those foods.
As for protein I'd bring a can of whey protein powder (they make goat whey but it's hard to find). I visited family where the wife was a vegetarian and the only local take out was grain based and the can of whey was a life saver. Also try and get some goats milk from a local store such as Trader Joes. Goats milk is much easier on the stomach that cows and is grass fed, hormone free and whole fat. Like all milk the carbs can get up there though.