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Best Paleo/Primal-compatible meal option on a flight

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Created November 18, 2010 at 6:20 AM

I will be traveling soon (first overseas flight since starting Primal) so I was wondering, given the meal options that are offered:

Muslim, Vegetarian, Japanese, Kosher, No preference

Which of these typically align the best with Paleo/Primal diets?

Since we never really know the contents of each meal until it is served, I was wondering if anyone had ideas on which would generally be the most compatible. (This is also assuming that you do end up needing a meal on the plane, as it can be difficult to gather "proper" foods in a foreign/Asian country prior to departing).

Thanks!

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on November 22, 2010
at 07:02 AM

Yes I take Diabetic gluten free option! Kinda covers both - gluten free sometimes comes with other grain though ??

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on November 19, 2010
at 02:24 AM

Fasting is the best option...

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on November 19, 2010
at 02:16 AM

I completely agree. Going back and forth between the UK and Japan (around 13 hrs) I sometimes bring nuts or 70% chocolate, but it's really best to eat nothing at all. The quality of any of the meals is terrible and probably full of reheated vegetable oils: mm. Not. If you really can't stand fasting bring your own snacks.

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on November 18, 2010
at 05:49 PM

Agree with Eva, Vegetarian is likely to have tofu/bread/cookies and some fruit/veg/nuts. Kosher/Muslim should have a decent meat at least. Japanese is likely to be decent as well. eat what you deem appropriate/trash the rest and be sure to bring some paleo snacks if you need them as backup. (nuts/hard boiled eggs/fruit/you know the drill)

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on November 18, 2010
at 02:41 PM

Carl: no pork, no shellfish, no alcohol. The shellfish one depends on interpretation, though.

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on November 18, 2010
at 02:10 PM

What would make a meal Muslim?

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on November 18, 2010
at 12:00 PM

I've traveled to India twice now for business (14-15 hr flight non-stop) and fasting is definitely the way to go if you know you can grab a bite to eat when you land.

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on November 18, 2010
at 10:39 AM

Na, I had to transfer and wait at the airport! The whole thing took me about 30 hours and I didn't eat at all ;)

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on November 18, 2010
at 10:32 AM

30 hours of flight ? Where were you going to ? Space ? :D

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on November 18, 2010
at 08:01 AM

Vegetarian? I think not!

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on November 18, 2010
at 08:08 AM

I would suggest fasting on the plane. It also helps with jet lag because meal timing effects circadian rhythm:

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN2252042720080522?sp=true

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on November 19, 2010
at 02:16 AM

I completely agree. Going back and forth between the UK and Japan (around 13 hrs) I sometimes bring nuts or 70% chocolate, but it's really best to eat nothing at all. The quality of any of the meals is terrible and probably full of reheated vegetable oils: mm. Not. If you really can't stand fasting bring your own snacks.

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on November 18, 2010
at 12:00 PM

I've traveled to India twice now for business (14-15 hr flight non-stop) and fasting is definitely the way to go if you know you can grab a bite to eat when you land.

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on November 18, 2010
at 06:33 AM

Bring your own stuff. Nuts, avocados, beef jerkey, fruit, chocolate and the like. Or it maybe a fun time for an intermittent fasting. Actually, it sounds like a terrible time for that to me. But if you're super anal about being strict paleo and don't want to get creative, it may be a great time.

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on November 18, 2010
at 07:09 PM

Diabetic meal!

I'm a type 1 diabetic and have have gotten this a few times.. I think it's the best option for paleo/primal eating. You don't need a 'diabetes badge' or anything, just order it when you get your ticket. I remember getting a big piece of meat and a nice salad.

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on November 22, 2010
at 07:02 AM

Yes I take Diabetic gluten free option! Kinda covers both - gluten free sometimes comes with other grain though ??

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on November 18, 2010
at 09:29 AM

I have found the Gluten Free option to be a great choice when flying. You generally get some type of salad to start, meat, veg and rice or potatoes for mains and then some kind of fruit for dessert. You will probably get some type of GF bread also but no need to eat that!

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on November 19, 2010
at 03:35 AM

Apparently there is an entire website dedicated to airline food...www.airlinemeals.net Complete with pictures and a menu card archive. According to them, Continental offers gluten-free. In all seriousness, that might be the best way to assess what comes in any of these Muslim, Vegetarian, Japanese, Kosher, or generic meals on a particular airline. The Halal meals seem to involve rice, which at least a trade up from pasta.

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on November 18, 2010
at 01:04 PM

The Japanese meal. It will consist mostly of seafood and vegetables with a little bit of beef. There will be some white rice, which if you choose to eat it, is pretty benign. The worst stuff in the meal is the soy based sauces, but if I recall correcly, they are mostly on the side, so you can choose not to eat them. Plus, the Japanese meals are really tasty.

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on November 18, 2010
at 06:57 AM

I would suggest kosher. Might get the best meat source that way. It'll be fresh at least!

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on November 18, 2010
at 09:36 AM

Most of the time I'll do a water fast, maybe some tea or coffee (though it tastes horrible on airplanes, IMO). For very long flights it could get uncomfortable though. I fasted once on my way back from Korea for about 30 hours and felt really cold on the plane.

As others have suggested, if you want to eat something, bring things like nuts, dark chocolate or even hard boiled eggs. Canned fish is an option too but the smell may freak out other guests ;)

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on November 18, 2010
at 10:32 AM

30 hours of flight ? Where were you going to ? Space ? :D

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on November 18, 2010
at 10:39 AM

Na, I had to transfer and wait at the airport! The whole thing took me about 30 hours and I didn't eat at all ;)

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on April 11, 2013
at 06:26 AM

Well, I'm about to Travel again and this is my experience from my last flight to Canada from Australia on Qantas last year. Qantas serves quite a bit of food. I wasn't sure what meal to book but I booked a Gluten Free meal before leaving as it seemed to be the best option. However a lot of what came was bread substitute in GF options and I didn't eat that. I had a few nuts and some sardines with me but I was hungry most of the time. Plus I had another internal flight from LA to Vancouver to deal with with no food nor time to buy anything from the airport (LAX is a zoo at the best of time and going through customs - can someone tell me why I have to go through customs in the US if I'm simply catching a flight to Canada- which is interminable, then changing terminals and going through security, queueing for the loo and then going to your gate will take the full 3 hour transit time).

So as soon as I got to Canada I changed my return flight meal option for a diabetic meal which was probably better overall. I mean really what I would like is a whole food option with no processed carbs and no grains, just some protein option, some veggies, some root vegetables and ideally some salad and nuts but ok I'm dreaming. Now it's that time of the year when I do this whole moving to Canada for 5 months again in three weeks and this time flying to Montreal first (via Sydney and Vancouver - got my lesson going through LA last year) and then onto Vancouver ten days later. I'm flying Air Canada and wondering if anyone has experience with the special meals on Air Canada, specifically the Gluten Free options and Diabetic meals unless you have a better suggestion.
Many thanks

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on November 22, 2010
at 06:20 AM

Don't do kosher! I did that and got margarine and non dairy creamer and what otherwise looked like the usual sludge-ugh! This was on Air Canada one way and United on the way back, round trip, to Britain.

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on November 18, 2010
at 08:02 AM

If they have something for celiacs, that might be better. Cuts out most of the least healthful grains.

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