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How to eat paleo and make the roads black & smooth?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 14, 2012 at 8:37 PM

I'm relatively new to paleo and loving it. I have no problem adhering to Whole30 rules, until now. I work as a construction inspector for a state agency and will be spending the majority of my summer paving. This means walking next to a paver, from 6 am until dark 6 days a week, not even stopping for breaks. It's all about production and continuity. I bring a cooler with me, but even with several ice packs in it, by lunch time, they are melted and my lunch is warm and yucky (pavement is over 300 F degrees + the summer ambient air temp). It's difficult to even stay hydrated. Does anyone have suggestions for a food other than jerky and nuts that can keep well in these temps?

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on June 15, 2012
at 02:44 AM

actually probably not primal at all.

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on June 15, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Haha thanks! I would like to be clear that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my job, just looking for a solution to the food problem. It is much better than sitting in front of a computer. I get to be outside every single day.

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

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on June 15, 2012
at 12:40 AM

No, there is no truck that follows us. You park your vehicles in the morning, put all your supplies you need for the day on the paver, and GO FOR IT. There are days we wind up over a mile from where we are parked.

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

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on June 14, 2012
at 10:15 PM

Lol we do actually wrap potatoes (sweet for me) in tin foil, put them in the asphalt in the back of the truck at the plant, and by the time they get here, they are cooked. A lot of guys do corn on the cob too. I like the idea of putting frozen food in the cooler to thaw out though. I don't know why I never thought of that!!!

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on June 14, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Do you all have a truck that follows along with the paver? Could you put the coolers in the truck?

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on June 14, 2012
at 09:37 PM

Maybe, instead of 10+ guys keeping individual coolers, y'all could put your lunches inside a couple of bigger coolers with heavier ice blocks? It might even take up less space, done that way.

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on June 14, 2012
at 09:33 PM

I appreciate that, and I do own a very nice cooler, however there is very limited space to even put my cooler on the paver when we have 10+ guys all keeping their coolers up there. It just isn't feasible.

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on June 14, 2012
at 09:31 PM

Well, unfortunately in the paving industry, most of the guys survive on junk food like chips, chex mix, etc - the usually eat early in the day before their food gets heated up, but it's still sandwiches n stuff. We really don't even stop for lunch, so food needs to be stuff that is food you can eat quickly with VERY dirty hands.

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E55906cdb6839a23fd740ad85d160cc8

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on June 14, 2012
at 10:07 PM

At 300 degrees for 12 or more hours you could put sweet potatoes out to cook and they'd be done by dinner, or you could fill up a dutch oven in the back of your truck and slow cook all day. Ok...seriously, tuna and chicken in sealed foil pouches (I bet you can find some without additives), fire up a dehydrator and toss in squash, sweet potatoes, berries, and tropical fruits if you eat them. Make homemade jerky while you're at it...better and cheaper. I make single serve crustless quiches in a muffin tin with lots of veggies and just enough egg to hold together...they freeze well enough and should thaw out or keep cool in a cooler. I think zucchini sticks and prosciutto (without nitrites) at almost any temperature is great. Celery and nut butter. most of this stuff can be eaten with a wax paper wrapping too.

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

(1876)

on June 14, 2012
at 10:15 PM

Lol we do actually wrap potatoes (sweet for me) in tin foil, put them in the asphalt in the back of the truck at the plant, and by the time they get here, they are cooked. A lot of guys do corn on the cob too. I like the idea of putting frozen food in the cooler to thaw out though. I don't know why I never thought of that!!!

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on June 14, 2012
at 09:27 PM

One thing I learned many years ago is that cheap no-name coolers don't keep ice anywhere near as long as better quality brand named coolers, in my case, Coleman. Also, you need to size your ice for the conditions. It could be that to keep your food cold in that heat, you may need to have anywhere from 3-6 less than full (to allow for expansion) liter bottles of water, frozen solid. It might even take a big chest cooler full of frozen bottles to keep one little container of beef and broccoli salad cool, but it can be done.

5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on June 14, 2012
at 09:37 PM

Maybe, instead of 10+ guys keeping individual coolers, y'all could put your lunches inside a couple of bigger coolers with heavier ice blocks? It might even take up less space, done that way.

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

(1876)

on June 14, 2012
at 09:33 PM

I appreciate that, and I do own a very nice cooler, however there is very limited space to even put my cooler on the paver when we have 10+ guys all keeping their coolers up there. It just isn't feasible.

8f3730668ce0afe19faafc9da192df15

(95)

on June 14, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Do you all have a truck that follows along with the paver? Could you put the coolers in the truck?

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

(1876)

on June 15, 2012
at 12:40 AM

No, there is no truck that follows us. You park your vehicles in the morning, put all your supplies you need for the day on the paver, and GO FOR IT. There are days we wind up over a mile from where we are parked.

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5e63e3fa78e998736106a4a5b9aef58c

on June 14, 2012
at 09:34 PM

When I need to keep stuff in a cooler on really hot days, I use a larger cooler and fill it with bigger hunks of ice. The thicker the hunk of solid ice, the longer it takes to melt.

Gallon-sized ziplock freezer bags, filled most of the way with water and frozen in a home freezer, make good ice blocks. So do gallon- or even half-gallon plastic milk jugs. They can take 2-3 days to freeze solid, however, so keeping enough on hand to keep a cooler chilled every day might be a problem unless you have lots of extra freezer space.

Then, when you put the cooler in your vehicle, insulate it further by burying it under old blankets, towels, etc. That alone can make a huge difference on a hot day.

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on June 14, 2012
at 09:02 PM

I've pours a lot of concrete in my time, but never the black stuff! Ouch! Pretty Primal though. Good luck!

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on June 15, 2012
at 02:44 AM

actually probably not primal at all.

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on June 15, 2012
at 09:56 AM

I work construction as well. From my commute untill I get back home from training 5:30am-9:00pm. I do somewhat of a "Warriors Diet". Here's what I do. Maybe it'll spring some creative ideas for you.

Skip breakfast Sardines, avacado, boiled eggs, fruit, pretty much any canned seafood, eat tupper wear stored food first. (Less exposure to PBAs) Eat bigger meal at home IF

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05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on June 15, 2012
at 02:46 AM

it's probably a matter of eating a HUGE breakfast of slow digesting foods. and eating some jerky during, or some form of carbs if you can, then a lot of carbs after with your protein and fats.

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on June 14, 2012
at 10:59 PM

Imagine you're in Kenyan summer 3 Million BC. Walking all day. Hotter than blazes.

What you're doing behind that paver is 90% of what paleo life was. And the other 10% - Whole30 - bears little resemblance to what you would have been eating in the high carb season of central Africa. I'd recommend scrapping it until paving season is over. Eat fresh fruit and root vegetables like carrots to satiation along with canned or smoked fish. Those should hold up in the heat.

Sounds a lot more fun than sitting in front of this laptop. You're lucky to be able to live paleo.

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

(1876)

on June 15, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Haha thanks! I would like to be clear that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my job, just looking for a solution to the food problem. It is much better than sitting in front of a computer. I get to be outside every single day.

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on June 14, 2012
at 08:55 PM

I would still keep these items in a cooler, but here goes: Canned salmon could work.. I recommend Raincoast wild salmon with a pull tab lid; bring a lemon to squeeze over top. Whole avocados sliced in 2 when you are wanting them andeaten with a spoon.

This is a tricky one- is there any way the company would investing one of those coolers that you can plug in / make arrangements for the employees? What do your coworkers do? Is there a lunch truck where you could get some fresh produce? Sure, it may not be organic, but it's something:)

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

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on June 14, 2012
at 09:31 PM

Well, unfortunately in the paving industry, most of the guys survive on junk food like chips, chex mix, etc - the usually eat early in the day before their food gets heated up, but it's still sandwiches n stuff. We really don't even stop for lunch, so food needs to be stuff that is food you can eat quickly with VERY dirty hands.

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