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Staying Paleo while staying in a hotel?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 23, 2011 at 12:34 AM

What are some good paleo foods that I can live off of for 5 days in a hotel room without refrigeration or cooking? (and ideally, while eating a fair variety of things)

I'm off on vacation in Atlanta for 5 days later this summer (Dragon*Con!). Usually when we go, we order pizza, eat a lot of cheap muffins and granola bars, bread, fruit, something grabbed at the Chic-fil-a, or smoothies from the Orange Julius in the food court, etc. "Normal" convention/travel food, and none of it paleo-friendly.

Since going paleo, I'm not sure what I'll eat this year! Canned tuna, and nuts are all well and good, but I'll need something else to eat for 5 days. :/
I'm still pretty new to paleo, so pretty much everything I'm eating now needs refrigeration and cooking, and I'm not very good at thinking up new things to eat yet.

Restrictions:

  • I can't guarantee my hotel room will have a refrigerator (I'd have to get very lucky) but there should be ice available.
  • The hotel room does not have a microwave, and they do not allow hotplates
  • I'm flying in from Canada, which means I pretty much can't bring any food with me and will have to buy it all there, so I can't just make a bunch of jerky or bring a bunch of hard-boiled eggs or something.
  • I do not believe there is a "healthy" type grocery store within walking distance. Or any real grocery store, for that matter. We usually buy our food at the CVS pharmacy near the hotel.
  • The budget is too tight to afford to eat out at paleo-friendly restaurants for more than a meal or two.

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on December 26, 2011
at 08:44 AM

Great answer JuBa!!!

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on December 26, 2011
at 08:44 AM

Great Anser Juba!!!

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on September 01, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Have fun at Con! This is the first time in a while that I'm not going.

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on July 23, 2011
at 09:56 PM

don't be afraid of fruit..in lieu of fresh veggies, i have seen apples and bananas at convenient stores and they are a good way to get in real carbs and not wreck your progress.

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on July 23, 2011
at 09:51 PM

sardines in olive oil are a great canned meat too..superior to tuna in many ways.

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on July 23, 2011
at 03:16 PM

Having been to DragonCon a few times I can say, with all honesty, that there are NO grocery stores anywhere near the convention. I believe there are a couple of small parks relatively close to the convention which have picnic areas with grills, so you can always buy some meat, ice and a disposable cooler, cook up the meat at the park and toss it in the cooler.

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on July 23, 2011
at 03:32 AM

Thanks. Most of those were about microwaved foods or BYO, though.

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on July 23, 2011
at 09:33 PM

If you're willing to carry a bag on then what I would do is check a cooler full of food, no ice, and then add ice when you're at the hotel. You don't need a nice one, just leave it at the hotel when you're ready to go home. Be mindful when you pack it, heavier on the bottom/lighter on top, and choose items that won't get smashed or that you need implements to open - but just in case throw plastic silverware in as well OR chopsticks. I've gotten stopped for a metal spoon and they made me throw it away.

For environmental reasons I hate suggesting anything in a pouch, go glass!, but you'll save weight and it makes sense. Bagged greens, smoked meats, a hard cheese, hard boiled eggs, avocado, cucumber, cherries, olives, figs and the list can go on and on. The hold of the plane is cold enough that a 6+ plane ride and taxi/bus to hotel would be fine just get ice on everything asap. If you're worried freeze some bottles of water and stash them around inside - you can drink when they thaw out and they'll keep your food cold.

I go to a lot of music festivals with friends and this is one of our favourite tricks. Saves a ton of money and we get to eat what we want :)

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on December 26, 2011
at 08:44 AM

Great Anser Juba!!!

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on December 26, 2011
at 08:44 AM

Great answer JuBa!!!

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on September 01, 2011
at 03:08 PM

I seem to recall there's Moe's Southwest Grill at the Con food court, which offers grass-fed steak as an option (!!!), which you could get on one of their salad bowls. Also, I think there's a mediocre sushi joint that you could maybe get sashimi at.

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on July 23, 2011
at 01:09 PM

I'm also taking a trip in a few weeks for 5 days, I'll be bringing with me a home made supply of the following to supplement:

-dried fruit, nuts, coconut, veggies (zucchini chips, carrot chips)

-my own version of a chocolate protein bar (totally balanced, 200 calories each bar) [recipe has been posted twice here but not sure where]

-my own version of a lara bar (totally balanced, 200 calories each bar)

My strategy is to always eat lots of proteins and fats (avocados, butter, olive oil mostly) out and reserve my carbs for my snacks (why, because I tend to eat more carbs for some reason)

Definitely try and find a grocery store close by, get a few avocados, apple, nuts if you don't bring them with you. Its a good time to IF and pull yourself back on smaller meals, then when you eat out at a nice place you don't have the guilt of eating a large meal.

Good luck, its never easy, but planning helps me!! I'll be moving and living in a hotel for about a 1-2 months by end August and THAT is something I'll have to plan big time for!!!

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on September 01, 2011
at 02:09 PM

I am always traveling once a month, and typically I would go to the nearby grocery store and get groceries that I can eat during week.

For breakfast- i go to a nearby diner or cafe and get a 3 egg veggie omelet and take a piece of fruit from the hotel for later on. I ask them to substitute the toast for a small fruit cup and they never have any issues with that.

For Lunch- I will get chicken breast over salad from nearby restaurant- any place should give you a salad you enjoy

For Dinner- I typically get salmon or a steak with side of vegetables from a restaurant. Sometimes if you can't afford this or it gets too be too much, just get a rotisserie chicken from nearby store and frozen veggies- works great for a meal!!!

Everyone is always willing to substitute the carbs for something else- you just have to ask.

I go to grocery store- like wal-mart or whatever is available and get the following to hold me throughout the week: Most stores now have those bags that keep your food hot/cold, I typically get this and store food in there and it's pretty decent

If you need a fridge- just ask hotel desk to store it in their fridge for you and have your name on it- they are always willing to help out their guests.

Almond Milk

Almonds

Brazilian Nuts

Avacadoes

Almond Butter

Celery

Baby Carrots

Raspberries

Blackberries

Dates

Lara Bars

If you need a microwave, all hotels have them available in their break lounge- just ask and they will supply you!

Hope this helps! Good Luck :-)

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