Going on a ship for 2 months. How to stay paleo?

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Created February 16, 2012 at 10:12 PM

I will be working/studying on a ship for two months(not a cruise ship...) and I need advice on how I can stay as paleo as possible. I am extremely limited to what I can pack and I will not have access to refrigeration.

The food prepared and offered by the ship is honestly, for the most part, disgusting. An over abundance of carbs is served at every meal along with constant access to bread, cereal, peterpan peanut butter(nasty).

I will not be consuming any dairy(very sensitive) and I have to watch my fruit intake because sugar of any kind will cause a skin break out. Here is my current list of stuff I'm going to try and pack with me (hopefully it will all fit).

  • Canned tuna, salmon, sardines
  • As much pemmican as possible
  • A jar of coconut oil
  • Quest bars (not ideal but better than nothing!)
  • Some dehydrated veggies
  • Macadamia nuts

Suggestions? We stop in foreign ports every couple weeks for a short time but I can't rely on that.

The cafeteria serves really only a few options and there is a salad bar that goes downhill after the first month. In the mornings I can usually get hard boiled eggs luckily. Every other meal is a disaster honestly.

Exercise wise I should be okay, I'll be moving around all day plus access to some cardio machines along with my own body weight exercises keep me feeling good.



on February 16, 2012
at 10:31 PM

Always amazes me that people are still coming up with new angle questions on this site. Although this has been asked before with 'camping' type questions, have a search for those. May I/we ask what you will you be doing on the ship or is it a secret, or perhaps you are a pirate?

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on December 05, 2012
at 12:36 PM

I would say just about every meal will be part Paleo. Ask for seconds on that part. Can you do that? Don't know. It will probably be worth your money to be a great tipper, since you're probably going to be somewhat of a pain in the ass. It's a closed environment... they'll remember you after a few days. You can be that jerk that always wants something special, or that friendly guy who needs a lot of help with his diet.

After thinking about this, your waitstaff may not be permitted to accept gratuity. Which means you'd better pack your manners...

Honestly though, the idea to contact the executive chef ahead of time is tops. It's a very controlled environment, I'm sure they calculate their inventory very specifically. It is the 'service' industry, they'll accommodate if they can. Especially at the administrative level.


on February 16, 2012
at 11:33 PM

Can you speak to whoever is responsible for the catering with an approach like Mark Sisson suggested earlier this week? Surely if you put forward a good case, the caterers might be able to accomodate you in a way that would benefit other diners too?

It would make life far easier for you if they could provide options and the food you bring is just a back-up plan.


on February 16, 2012
at 10:27 PM

Can you add some packaged/sealed beef jerky to your food stash?

Too bad you can't throw a fishing line over the rail.



on December 05, 2012
at 12:51 PM

I'd also tell them you're significantly celiac, even if you aren't. It gets a bit tricky because they will frequently prepare some sort of carb alternative (rice, corn, etc.) but it will at least get you somewhere where you've got food if you can't fill up one whatever meats and veggies are available.

Don't underestimate the ports, either. You should be able to get at least good nuts and possibly dried meats.



on February 16, 2012
at 11:21 PM

buy the Nutiva gallon of virgin coconut oil, it might be hard to restock

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