Hack my trip to Haiti

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 03, 2013 at 12:30 AM

I've been Paleo for about two months (GF and DF for four months). Feel some obvious improvements, but still struggle with fatigue and low energy. (Feel like I never get the balance of proteins/fats right or something, but it's a work in progress, I suppose).

Going to Haiti next month for a week and want to stay on track as much as possible. I could use some ideas about what foods I can bring to help with that. The food served where I'm staying is generally "healthy" - lots of vegetables prepared in different ways - but in the past I've avoided eating any meat/eggs while there just due to safety concerns. I feel like I need to stick with that this time, but need some protein sources other than the ubiquitous jar of peanut butter that is served with every meal.

We will be working hard in very hot temps and I want to make sure I'm feeling as good as possible. Dehydration is always a concern as well. Have always used electrolyte tabs in my water while there, but I imagine those are pretty high in sugar? Fortunately we have an unlimited highly filtered clean water source.

My ideas for foods to bring:

  • single serve coconut milks to make smoothies with sunbutter or almond butter/raw cacao/avocado
  • tuna
  • jar of coconut oil and a spoon
  • Boars Head pre-cooked bacon
  • unsweetened applesauce

Another issue is that I got braces last month, so I don't think I can handle jerky, but I'm not sure. Can anyone recommend a jerky that's not too tough? And nuts are out, too.

I am used to living on protein-type bars while there. Are there any that are paleo friendly?

Any thoughts/ideas would be appreciated.


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on July 03, 2013
at 03:49 AM

Just remember to keep your priorities clear. The most important health goals are probably not going to be paleo ones, they're going to be staying hydrated, keeping your electrolytes up, and getting enough calories. Don't let yourself get hungry or dehydrated because you're trying to stay paleo. Also bear in mind that if you're being highly active, your body will be pretty resilient against suboptimal nutrition. Even pure sugar isn't that terrible if you've been burning through your glycogen!


on July 03, 2013
at 07:37 AM

The food you can get depends on where you are in Haiti, but when I lived in LaPointe we ate mostly rice, fish, chicken, goat, advocado, paprika, beans and tonnes of tropical fruit (banana, coconut, papaya, breadfruit, mango, canape, etc).

Most important is to stay hydrated, we would drink citronade, coconut water (you can buy a green coconut and a straw from a street vender and he chops a hole for you) and regular water. If you have the electrolyte tabs then I would use them, don't worry about the sugar they contain.

So my advice would be not to worry about bringing your own food, just enjoy the food there and drink drink drink!


on July 23, 2013
at 08:57 PM

Awesome I was looking for answers too. I'm going to Haiti for 3 weeks. Usually I just eat rice and bean sauce or pate(friend bread with cabbage and a meat inside).

Any more suggestions on this one? Every sauce and everything is full of Maggi and cooked with vegetable oil so I'm at a loss.

I plan to take tuna, buy veggies & fruit at the market(luckily there will be tons of avocados!!), and maybe bring a jar of coconut butter?



on July 03, 2013
at 01:40 AM

Lol Rebecca, just make sure to enjoy yourself while you're there. carrying food around can be a pain, if you wind up buying food, which you almost inevitably will just stick to white rice and potatoes, make sure it comes with greens (like broccoli) and maybe a little meat or dairy. Fruit can be fun and good smoothies can be delicious. Have a fun trip!

When looking for protein bars, I always grab the ones without soy protein, can't remember the name off hand though.

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