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Road Trip for Thanksgiving! Advice needed.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 18, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Hello,

I will be going on my first road trip since I began paleo a few weeks ago. I am a type 1 diabetic and it has made such a substantial change to by blood glucose and quality of life. I am a fan for sure but I know I still have a lot of learning to do. I am traveling to my grandparents for thanksgiving and slightly worried about being able to eat the way I want to without offending the cooks. I am from the south and our Thanksgiving meal is a huge family tradition and anything but paleo.

I could really use some advice on how to approach the road trip, I'll be on the road for about a day, not too long. I would also love any tips on how to explain this to my extended family in a way that they might understand.

Thanks, any opinion would be appreciated.

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on November 22, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I'm from WV too! Cornbread/biscuitbread at every single meal. A million kinds of gravy. Breakfast rice. Lotsa beans. Soooo not Paleo. The worst part is a lot of the good stuff my family used to do - growing their own gardens, using lard - is being replaced with SAD "heart healthy canola oil!". Least they still make their own moonshine, though!!! ;)

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on November 19, 2012
at 05:19 PM

Thanks for your insight. It's good to know that you were able to figure it out and make it work for you! Btw I'm a college student too!

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on November 19, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Great idea, I didn't even think about the hard boiled eggs. I'll definitely do that. Do you have any dip suggestions?

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on November 18, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Haha very true! Thanks for putting things in perspective for me. I appreciate the snack idea's and i'll check out that recipe too.

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on November 18, 2012
at 08:04 PM

You know what would really offend the cooks? You, in a diabetic coma on Thanksgiving Day! Why are we always so worried about who we will offend when our health and well being are at stake? Having just returned from a five day trip to Iowa, I hear what you are saying about the challenges of travel. Pack all the Paleo foods you can. I took lots of Jerky, dried fruits and nuts, coconut flakes, Paleo Crunch etc...I had Amazon ship some cans of Coconut Milk and some other things to the hotel in advance. We stopped at a Whole Foods on the way from the Airport and bought groceries. I offered to cook and made sure I was covered nutritionally. At the holidays there will always be plenty of the foods we have given up to cover the rest of the family. Almost everything people bring to contribute is stuff I won't eat, so there will be plenty to go round.
Funny thing is, the good food, the Paleo friendly kind, will be the first to go. Make sure you are first to the trough or anything you made for yourself will be gone.
I made sweet potato pie from the "Paleo Comfort Foods" cookbook along with the regular Sweet potatos, turkey, greens with onions and garlic and bacon, brussel sprouts with bacon, etc... Take care of yourself.

F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

(628)

on November 18, 2012
at 08:34 PM

Haha very true! Thanks for putting things in perspective for me. I appreciate the snack idea's and i'll check out that recipe too.

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on November 19, 2012
at 01:28 PM

I know what you mean. My family is from West Virginia and the food typically served is the antithesis of everything paleo. I learned a while back that I can't eat food that I know hurts me just to please others. I love my family but grains and sugar make me feel terrible. We need to put our own health as our first priority. When my family understood that, they became much more sympathetic to my way of eating. So basically I'm saying just talk to them, and if they don't understand, know that you need to take care of yourself before worrying about others. Hope this helps!

F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

(628)

on November 19, 2012
at 05:19 PM

Thanks for your insight. It's good to know that you were able to figure it out and make it work for you! Btw I'm a college student too!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on November 22, 2012
at 03:31 PM

I'm from WV too! Cornbread/biscuitbread at every single meal. A million kinds of gravy. Breakfast rice. Lotsa beans. Soooo not Paleo. The worst part is a lot of the good stuff my family used to do - growing their own gardens, using lard - is being replaced with SAD "heart healthy canola oil!". Least they still make their own moonshine, though!!! ;)

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on November 18, 2012
at 10:01 PM

On a road trip you can pack a cooler: HB eggs, chicken legs, veggies and dips, etc. you'll have good food on the road and save money, too.

F299706618ad5d2c014130cb35d07dcf

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on November 19, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Great idea, I didn't even think about the hard boiled eggs. I'll definitely do that. Do you have any dip suggestions?

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