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Convention Travel on Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 31, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Hello,

I just started the Paleo lifestyle and I am leaving town next week for 6 days at a work convention. This convention is huge - 500 or so people - and every meal is either served to us or we eat out, it's all buffet style and the only option to specify dietary restrictions was vegetarian.

I'm really worried about lunch and dinners, lunches typically (this is my 3rd year to go) are sandwiches like Ruebens, turkey, swiss and mayo, chips and occassionally some fruit - and tons of cakes and cookies as dessert.

Dinners we will go out most nights and the list of approved restaurants are Italian and Mexican, I'm really worried what I will eat because it's more of a group consensus where we go on the restaurant nights and on the nights we're served in the hotel, it's always chicken with some creamy sauce on it or pasta.

Does anyone have any tips on how to stay paleo but not offend anyone or be unprofessional or seem whiny? Any advice is appreciated.

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on August 02, 2013
at 03:01 PM

Thank you all so much for your advice!! I feel much better about this trip now. I am making trail mix this weekend and taking plenty of fruits to snack on - I won't have a fridge and I don't have a dehydrator to make my own jerky but I'll just do the best I can to pick around the bad stuff and eat plenty of the good. Thanks so much!

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on August 01, 2013
at 10:35 PM

Asides from that, it gets you known as that kooky lady, and definitely would be noticed. Not what you want at a business meal.

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on August 01, 2013
at 02:35 AM

Suggesting a person spit food out is a joke I hope. This is an eating disorder called sham eating. Do not go down that road. It's also gross and rude. Sorry to be harsh on this; your other suggestions are great.

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on July 31, 2013
at 11:49 PM

Also, if going out for drinks do Robb Wolf's NorCal Margarita. club soda, lime, tequila. Bland at first but it grows on you and you look cool with the crowd, they are puzzled but intrigued. Or opt for Vodka and call it your own (potato vodka such as Chopin or Luksusowa instead grain vodkas which most are!)

800547661e2d20d03f5a313d86eb6102

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on July 31, 2013
at 11:41 PM

I am wearing your shoes dude! Have heard the criticism and harassment. Do as he mentions above, the occasional "lunch meat" and cheese, although not Paleo or Primal is still better than downing the whole sandwich, bread and all. don't be a dumba$$ and eat the pastries and cupcakes, hold your willpower, be strong. As for Italian and Mexican, don't worry about a few bites of rice or beans, just don't eat it all. Italian, opt for their steak or mixed seafood dishes without pasta or just scrape it away and get your fill on salad without croutons, throw on oil&vinegar yourself and spice it up.

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448856e75f0af457a37c3f6b912ab9e0

on July 31, 2013
at 11:03 PM

This is the sticky situation most have been dreading.

1) If you really have to, take a few bites. Smile. Wipe your mouth. If you have one of those giant linen napkins, I know this sounds gross, spit your food into it.

2) Or ... just eat a few bites. No one is really going to say anything if you do. I'm sure that it won't set you back too far.

3) Get a salad. Ask for olive oil as your dressing. Ditch the cheese. Go okay with the grilled chicken.

4) Do option 1 o two, and if you're really hungry, go out on your own to the supermarket and buy your own veggies and foods (I've done this several times).

5) Honestly, most places are accommodating if you tell them that you are gluten and dairy intolerant.

Here's a sample of Mexican cuisine: Carne asada with plenty of lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, and cilantro. Ditch the rice and sour cream.

Hope this helps. I understand, considering how I have to go through these all the time.

4610451431ec7155c87a5698be682a95

(1122)

on August 01, 2013
at 02:35 AM

Suggesting a person spit food out is a joke I hope. This is an eating disorder called sham eating. Do not go down that road. It's also gross and rude. Sorry to be harsh on this; your other suggestions are great.

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on August 01, 2013
at 10:35 PM

Asides from that, it gets you known as that kooky lady, and definitely would be noticed. Not what you want at a business meal.

800547661e2d20d03f5a313d86eb6102

(155)

on July 31, 2013
at 11:49 PM

Also, if going out for drinks do Robb Wolf's NorCal Margarita. club soda, lime, tequila. Bland at first but it grows on you and you look cool with the crowd, they are puzzled but intrigued. Or opt for Vodka and call it your own (potato vodka such as Chopin or Luksusowa instead grain vodkas which most are!)

800547661e2d20d03f5a313d86eb6102

(155)

on July 31, 2013
at 11:41 PM

I am wearing your shoes dude! Have heard the criticism and harassment. Do as he mentions above, the occasional "lunch meat" and cheese, although not Paleo or Primal is still better than downing the whole sandwich, bread and all. don't be a dumba$$ and eat the pastries and cupcakes, hold your willpower, be strong. As for Italian and Mexican, don't worry about a few bites of rice or beans, just don't eat it all. Italian, opt for their steak or mixed seafood dishes without pasta or just scrape it away and get your fill on salad without croutons, throw on oil&vinegar yourself and spice it up.

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8f82457296618f8ca9ca42c4e18ec2a1

on August 02, 2013
at 07:12 PM

My first reaction is don't worry about what anyone else thinks. I work with people who travel every week for work, in on Monday out on Thursday. They stay 85-90% paleo. Order a burger with no bun, no one blinks an eye. If there's salad on the buffet, load up on that and whatever meat they have If you drink coffee that will help your hunger and keep a water bottle handy - both will keep you from feeling hungry so the cookies and other junk won't get the best of you. If you do want a dessert, get one and don't let it make you feel like a failure. Like someone else said, it's a marathon not a sprint. If someone asks be honest about your intentions. You are trying to be healthier and cutting certain foods out of your diet (I really dislike that word) will help you accomplish that.

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on August 02, 2013
at 01:22 AM

Whenever I have work related training or conventions where food is served, I prepare my meals the night before, pack up a small cooler and add ice. It's not the easiest but it's the best way to do it.

Don't ruin weeks and months of hard work with 3 days of shit eating. I pre make scrambled eggs, bacon, I pre wash and bring veggies, lettuce, pre cook and cut up all my protein meats. Also jerky is a must have.

If you eat out, Sara Fragoso says it's always best to tell the server you are allergic to gluten and many restaurants now offer gluten free options. You will get some funny looks and people will find it odd that you are not partaking but that will pass.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on August 01, 2013
at 10:29 PM

Don't stress if you can't stay 100% Paleo on the trip. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Most people can survive a day here or there, or even 6 on non-paleo meals. If you're one of the ones that can't (celiac, allergies, etc) I would assume you'd have mentioned it to them already.

Incidentally, at every trade convention type deal I've been at, the buffet usually has a meat, a pasta, and a fish as the entree dishes. You can stack up on meats and smaller amounts of other side items as cover without problem. Also, these meals usually SUCK badly (worse when there's more people), so people won't necessarily say anything if you leave the sides without eating much (because "they don't agree with you"). Restaurants are a different deal of course, but you've got different controls there (eating salads because you ate too much at the convention, etc).

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on August 01, 2013
at 05:57 PM

Good suggestions there to just pick out the meat and veg as much as you can. If you're going to have a fridge in your room, take a supply of hard boiled eggs for breakfasts.

Take along nutrient dense snacks like jerky, nuts, coconut chips, fresh or dried fruit (in moderation, almond butter, etc.

Take some fish oil, vitamin D3 capsules and probiotics with you to boost your immune system while staying indoors and breathing HVAC air nearly 24/7 with lots of people around.

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on August 01, 2013
at 05:35 PM

Ned Kock has an article on diet while travelling. Plus at some stage (maybe not that article) he recommends taking a fish oil pill if you can't avoid high omega-6 oil in a sauce or whatever.

Almost forgot the link: http://healthcorrelator.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/trip-to-europe-some-health-related.html

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on July 31, 2013
at 11:23 PM

For sandwiches. just eat the inside. Even at Mexican and Italian restaurants, you can find a seasoned piece of meat with some veggies. Might not be perfect, but just go for the best you can find. I have never been to a decent restaurant that didn't have fairly simple meat and veggies.

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