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Stuck at non-paleo camp for a week :(

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 28, 2013 at 1:14 PM

So I'm a camp counselor for a week in August, and this will be my first year on a paleo diet. It's never been a problem before, but they definitely don't prepare paleo meals! Lots of pizza and pasta and ice cream...that sorta stuff. I'm not willing to give up healthy eating while I'm there, but I won't have access to a kitchen :( thinking to pack a cooler with some of my own food, but I don't know what to bring that will stay good for a week and that will be enough for me to eat! Also the fact that I'm on a college student budget doesn't help...can't order the good nitrate-free lunch meats and jerky and such :/ any help at all would be so appreciated!

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 28, 2013
at 06:08 PM

Now that I look at it again, the OP does look kind of unhappy to be going to camp. Assuming she generally likes doing this and the main concern is the food then I'd be inclined to say yes, lighten up and have fun!

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 28, 2013
at 06:07 PM

If you prepare for an event so that you can enjoy it without food presenting obstacles, then you're not letting your food restrictions rule your life. Unless the food is part of the event. For a lot of people, avoiding gluten is a really big deal, so I wouldn't necessarily say to give up on that (unless you've already established that it doesn't really hurt you). When it comes to ice cream, soda, and other stuff that's unhealthy in excess but not categorically forbidden, I'd agree with you!

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on July 28, 2013
at 04:37 PM

just stop being neurotic and eat grains and dairy for a week?

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 28, 2013
at 04:33 PM

Forage for roots and insects. You're paleo, aren't you?

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72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 28, 2013
at 04:29 PM

My ideas:

  • Pack a ton of nuts. One week of high omega-6 eating won't kill you.
  • If you usually need to eat meat in order to feel okay, pack some affordable jerky. Eating some nitrates won't kill you.
  • If you're okay with dairy, pack some individually-wrapped string cheese tubes.
  • For paleo-compliant carbs, either suck it up and buy some loaves of gluten-free bread, or pack pre-cooked root vegetables in a shelf-stable form. Get potato/sweet potato/beet chips that are fried in a high-oleic oil. Actually, those are kind of expensive, so you could just get baked chips (even though those are usually kind of gross). Rice cakes are also very stable but have the disadvantage of being extremely space-inefficient. Or, heck. Bring a box of instant mashed potatoes.
  • Or, bring fresh potatoes and boil them or roast them in a firepit!
  • For delicious paleo fat, you can't go wrong with a few jars of coconut butter. Bring extra to share.
  • Bring dark chocolate. It's delicious, and you can win other people's favor by sharing it. You can also make cracker-free s'mores! (marshmallows: gelatin is hella paleo, and if you're outdoors and being active, a few grams of sugar won't hurt you).
  • There are lots of fruits, and vegetables that will be fine for a week if you can keep them out of the sun and at a reasonable temperature. Bananas (get some green ones), citrus fruits, apples, carrots, etc.

PS - If you know from experience that any of the things I said wouldn't kill you actually will kill you, please disregard the suggestion.

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on July 29, 2013
at 10:26 AM

This is such a problem for young people. Wherever my teenagers go with schools or trips they are presented with junk food day in day out (although they won't be on a remote island in the Pacific I am taking them too next month!).

Good list above. I also suggest you take some eggs (hard boiled in advance if you have no chance to cook them there). Take tins of sardines, tuna, smoked oysters. Take some avocados - not yet ripe which will ripen when you are there. Take cucumbers and celery. Nuts and raisins carry well too.

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on July 28, 2013
at 06:50 PM

I'd eat a lot of whatever they serve that's Paleo, such as bacon, eggs, fruits, and veggies, and take some extra to store in the cooler for a second meal. Many camps now will provide one gluten free dish per meal. While that's not necessarily the same as Paleo, it might be better than SAD.

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on July 28, 2013
at 05:50 PM

A week of free pizza, pasta, and ice cream sounds good to me! Do you need to eat so restrictively? Note: need, not want. Don't let your orthorexia control your life. I'll assume you're going to be quite active while you're there, so it's not even going to be in caloric excess.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 28, 2013
at 06:08 PM

Now that I look at it again, the OP does look kind of unhappy to be going to camp. Assuming she generally likes doing this and the main concern is the food then I'd be inclined to say yes, lighten up and have fun!

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 28, 2013
at 06:07 PM

If you prepare for an event so that you can enjoy it without food presenting obstacles, then you're not letting your food restrictions rule your life. Unless the food is part of the event. For a lot of people, avoiding gluten is a really big deal, so I wouldn't necessarily say to give up on that (unless you've already established that it doesn't really hurt you). When it comes to ice cream, soda, and other stuff that's unhealthy in excess but not categorically forbidden, I'd agree with you!

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