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What's the deal with airline food?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 04, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Hopefully you don't mind the bad joke -- but seriously, I leave in a couple of days by plane. Usually travelling is when I regress to non-paleo options. I'm wanting to have some snacks with me though (I have to avoid airline peanuts, as they are coated in a wheat starch). Obviously a granola bar is out.

The best thing I thought of was a couple of Larabars, but I'm sure there are other good options. Oh, and I'd rather it not be something messy, if possible. Thoughts?

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on October 05, 2011
at 06:02 PM

Eazine, I actually recently asked a question to everyone here at Paleohacks about fasting and jet lag. More info on fasting and Jet lag there: http://paleohacks.com/questions/68386/ifing-and-jet-lag

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on October 05, 2011
at 03:30 AM

+1 - I fast a lot, however there is something about planes which make hungry, so I personally like to have something to eat :)

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on October 05, 2011
at 02:22 AM

Aw, poor lil PaleoChimp. :/ Sorry.

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on October 05, 2011
at 12:13 AM

I've heard ( Google has more info...) that fasting can help prevent jet lag.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on October 04, 2011
at 11:20 PM

They have a new offering without it.

020053fd576e93d1d8fa20bfb10979b9

(410)

on October 04, 2011
at 08:52 PM

Better not count on it though. I order gluten-free and more than half the time the meal is not on board and I'm offered a gluten bomb of a vegetarian meal. I've also noticed that because vegetarian or gluten-free meals are supposed to be "healthy", the butter gets subbed out for margarine, the coffee cream for some sort of white chemical concoction, and then there are the granola bars...

020053fd576e93d1d8fa20bfb10979b9

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on October 04, 2011
at 08:46 PM

@Primordial I brought 8oz and ate about 6oz in two "meals" I fast quite often so I didn't start on them until the last 12 hours of the trip. It was that or bite someone's head off!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on October 04, 2011
at 07:37 PM

the good news is that inside the airports they are now selling fresh fruit! So bring some nuts, buy some fruit. Now if you can bring in some cheese (if doing dairy) that is helpful...its iffy getting thru security, but possible. You might be able to convince a restaurant inside to sell you some sliced avocados, tomatoes, cheese with olive oil....bring on as take out!

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

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on October 04, 2011
at 07:36 PM

International travel is a problem if you want to bring foods(i.e. meats or vegetables) into another country, but usually you would have no problem at all bringing some food for your own consumption in the plane.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

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on October 04, 2011
at 05:07 PM

how many pounds of macadamia nuts did you eat?

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

(1453)

on October 04, 2011
at 04:56 PM

how much pounds of macadamia nuts did you eat?

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on October 04, 2011
at 04:37 PM

I'd advise against Quest Bars because of the sucralose.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on October 04, 2011
at 04:03 PM

Hey, several things to peep at here on PH regarding plane snacks, here is one with some good lists: http://paleohacks.com/questions/48660/meal-plan-in-airplane-diabetic-or-gluten-free/48794#48794

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Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

on October 04, 2011
at 07:20 PM

If you plane trip is 16 hours or less you could just fast the entire time. Might want to 'practice fast' before your trip, but it's really not that bad. I did this recently for a 13 hour stretch of travel, worked pretty well, and I would have had no problem doing it for another 8 hours easily.

Then you don't have to worry about bringing food along.

967229edcc94a66580110324524feb49

(688)

on October 05, 2011
at 12:13 AM

I've heard ( Google has more info...) that fasting can help prevent jet lag.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on October 05, 2011
at 03:30 AM

+1 - I fast a lot, however there is something about planes which make hungry, so I personally like to have something to eat :)

Db4ad76f6f307a6f577e175710049172

(2297)

on October 05, 2011
at 06:02 PM

Eazine, I actually recently asked a question to everyone here at Paleohacks about fasting and jet lag. More info on fasting and Jet lag there: http://paleohacks.com/questions/68386/ifing-and-jet-lag

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020053fd576e93d1d8fa20bfb10979b9

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on October 04, 2011
at 04:51 PM

For travel days/flights over 12 hours, I bring macadamia nuts. They fueled me through a 36hr travel "day" back from southeast Asia. Traveling internationally makes bringing food (especially produce or "home cooked" meats) difficult and can result in increased scrutiny and possible confiscation. The macs look benign enough, I guess.

020053fd576e93d1d8fa20bfb10979b9

(410)

on October 04, 2011
at 08:46 PM

@Primordial I brought 8oz and ate about 6oz in two "meals" I fast quite often so I didn't start on them until the last 12 hours of the trip. It was that or bite someone's head off!

Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

(3524)

on October 04, 2011
at 07:36 PM

International travel is a problem if you want to bring foods(i.e. meats or vegetables) into another country, but usually you would have no problem at all bringing some food for your own consumption in the plane.

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

(1453)

on October 04, 2011
at 04:56 PM

how much pounds of macadamia nuts did you eat?

Ec7cb2a7a68655954a01f03e95be1383

(1453)

on October 04, 2011
at 05:07 PM

how many pounds of macadamia nuts did you eat?

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B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

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on October 05, 2011
at 02:21 AM

  • Beef Jerky
  • Nuts
  • canned or packaged fish ... (not necessarily to eat on the plane ... but perhaps while waiting between flights ...)
  • Put some raw vegetables in a bag: carrots, brocolli, sugar snap peas, bell pepper
  • Slices of meat in a small bag
  • Sometimes nut butter comes in small squeezable pouches
  • Pemmican (beef jerky's partner in crime ... but better)
  • A piece of fruit in your bag?

  • IF - Intermitent Fast - and it's free! XD

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Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

on October 04, 2011
at 07:33 PM

Most airlines will provide a choice for people with celiac disease: that food is often the most similar to paleo that you may find at a plane! Also some good suggestions, that you could bring yourself are hard boiled eggs, fruit, even some bacon or cheese if you have dairy. That may not be enough to satisfy you, but may help greatly if the food they serve is not acceptable!

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

(3159)

on October 05, 2011
at 02:22 AM

Aw, poor lil PaleoChimp. :/ Sorry.

020053fd576e93d1d8fa20bfb10979b9

(410)

on October 04, 2011
at 08:52 PM

Better not count on it though. I order gluten-free and more than half the time the meal is not on board and I'm offered a gluten bomb of a vegetarian meal. I've also noticed that because vegetarian or gluten-free meals are supposed to be "healthy", the butter gets subbed out for margarine, the coffee cream for some sort of white chemical concoction, and then there are the granola bars...

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on October 04, 2011
at 04:07 PM

I'm not sure if you can bring a little cooler bag but if you can, you could cook some meat or chop some vegetables or whatever and bring it along. Also stuff that doesn't really need refrigeration like cheese, hardboiled eggs, beef jerky, fruit- stuff like that.

I would advise against anything strong-smelling (please for the love of god no sardines) for the sake of the people sitting around you.

Or you could just IF. I've done that on flights that are 14 hours long. Since you're sitting down and doing pretty much nothing the whole time, it's extremely easy.

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on October 04, 2011
at 04:07 PM

Quest Bars look pretty good. Low carb, gluten free, and without all the fruit sugar of a LaraBar.

http://www.questproteinbar.com/

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on October 04, 2011
at 04:37 PM

I'd advise against Quest Bars because of the sucralose.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on October 04, 2011
at 11:20 PM

They have a new offering without it.

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