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Ideas for eating paleo while driving cross country? (I-10)

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Created January 29, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I'm about to embark on a trip west on I-10, from east of Houston to Los Angeles. I'd love any ideas of where to eat paleo/primal/PHD while on my trip! Ideally, not too far from I-10. I'm going to be traveling for over three days and any suggestions are appreciated, especially in west Texas...

I'd like to keep a clean diet and know how traveling can throw things off for me.

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on August 01, 2012
at 03:56 AM

+1 for the coconut flakes! Those are yummy! And shredded coconut as well. Unsweetened and Organic, of course.

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on January 29, 2012
at 10:19 PM

It's true——not so much cross country. ;) More half-country BUT mentally cross country. Texas is endless, and it's the first time I'll be traveling so far solo. I was thinking about fasting some of the time but a little nervous about blood sugar since I'll also be driving. I meant to order some jerky in advance but I'll pass by a market in Houston to get some there. In addition to some of the other ideas mentioned. Many thanks to everyone!

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on January 29, 2012
at 10:16 PM

Thanks so much for the good tips!

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on January 29, 2012
at 06:23 PM

+1 Yes to the hard boiled eggs and chocolate. Coconut butter is nice to bring along for the road trip also.

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on January 29, 2012
at 06:13 PM

My best friend and I are planning a road trip in late April and have already begun thinking about this very issue. Right now, we're going to stock up on coconut flakes and some nuts from online sources to try and save some money. When the time comes, we'll probably cook up a few pounds of ground beef and several sweet potatoes. Both are delicious cold, so we can just eat them straight out of the cooler. Other than that, we'll splurge on some avocados and some jerky if we can find it.

Happy travels!

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on August 01, 2012
at 03:56 AM

+1 for the coconut flakes! Those are yummy! And shredded coconut as well. Unsweetened and Organic, of course.

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on January 29, 2012
at 05:34 PM

A last summer I went on a long road trip from FL to Tennessee and then over to North Carolina.

I think I exceeded my lifetime consumption of pork rinds on that trip alone.

It helped that I loaded up on a lot of water, fruit, and hit up grocery stores along the way for things like lunch meat, guacamole, etc. Also brought some hard-boiled eggs and bakers chocolate along for the ride as well.

Ultimately, it is very doable (sticking to a paleo/primal way of eating while on the road), only slightly more challenging that eating paleo at home.

Just bring a big cooler packed with non-perishables (or use freezer packs) if you are worried about gas station and restaurant options.

(You can see my successful and unsuccessful attempts at staying paleo while on vacation here.)

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on January 29, 2012
at 06:23 PM

+1 Yes to the hard boiled eggs and chocolate. Coconut butter is nice to bring along for the road trip also.

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on January 29, 2012
at 10:16 PM

Thanks so much for the good tips!

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on February 09, 2012
at 08:53 AM

Once you get to AZ and CA, look for In-N-Out Burger. Just ask for your burger "protein style" for a lettuce wrap. "animal style" will get you mustard fried into the burger, extra grilled onions and extra spread (the spread is delicious but made of nasty oils, so you may want to skip it).

Here's a PDF of all of their locations, including what freeways they're near http://www.in-n-out.com/pdf/locations_printable.pdf

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on February 09, 2012
at 03:08 AM

In Tucson, AZ I frequent a family owned restaurant right off I-10 called Panda House Stir Fry on Ina road. They are primarily a Mongolian grill where it is an all-you-can eat veggies and meat stirfry buffet. You make your own bowl using fresh ingredients and they cook it for you right there. The meat is probably not grass fed, but you can get a hot lunch or dinner that is primarily fresh veggies. I like to add lots of garlic, ginger, and chili to my bowl. They have a Facebook site if you would like to know more.

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on February 08, 2012
at 08:56 PM

Have you tried Paleokits? I would think about stocking up on several of these. Really good for meals on the go. My favorite one is the jerky with strawberries and coconut.

Also, they support a good cause :) Might be worth looking into!

http://stevesoriginal.com/

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on January 30, 2012
at 02:50 PM

Get a cooler and restock at Whole Foods which are easily found along your route--especially once you get to Baton Rouge.

Also note this interesting tidbit (from Wiki): In rural West Texas, several local law enforecment agencies have realized the monetary gains to be had by conducting speed trap law enforcement along the corridor. These agencies have been proven by the Texas Department of Public Safety to be specifically targeting out-of-state drivers travelling on Interstate 10. The most well-known is Sutton County, Texas, averaging more than 48,000 citations per year (over 10 per year per capita). Recent changes raising the speed limit have helped to the problem, but enforcement remains very strict for foreign drivers.

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on January 29, 2012
at 07:28 PM

good jerky (the kind without MSGs and other garbage) and stop at every Whole Foods/famer's markets for fruit and veggies and be sure to take your favorite raw nuts...

might even be a good time to do a mini fast and skip a few meals here and there...

and lots and lots of good clean filtered water...

PS Houston to LA isn't exactly cross country...

PSS I about got jealous thinking you were going to do Maine to LA or something!!!

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on January 29, 2012
at 10:19 PM

It's true——not so much cross country. ;) More half-country BUT mentally cross country. Texas is endless, and it's the first time I'll be traveling so far solo. I was thinking about fasting some of the time but a little nervous about blood sugar since I'll also be driving. I meant to order some jerky in advance but I'll pass by a market in Houston to get some there. In addition to some of the other ideas mentioned. Many thanks to everyone!

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on January 29, 2012
at 07:02 PM

Pouches of salmon or tuna (if you're not pregnant, maybe) are easy. Macadamias. Coconut oil (recommend Nutiva). I feel like I can get closer to better choices at grocery store delis than your average road house, but not always.

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on February 08, 2012
at 09:01 PM

Have you tried Paleokits? I would think about stocking up on several of these. Really good for meals on the go. My favorite one is the jerky with strawberries and coconut.

Also, they support a good cause :) Might be worth looking into!

http://stevesoriginal.com/

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