Okay, I promised last week I would share the information I got from asking the list what would I eat while on vacation:
- grilled chicken/steak/pork chop option with vegetables or salad from a “decent” restaurant
- peanut butter
- apples cut up
- carrot and celery sticks
- (the above) dipped in peanut butter (or almond or any nut butter)
- freeze meat and take it out right before heading to the airport. Butter, ghee, VCO or some fat in a container and carry it along with the meat.
- Beef jerky
- hard boiled eggs
- raw zuccinni
- Properly soaked nuts
- avocado – cut in half, put back together
- find the nearest Whole Foods (kraut, salad and other things)
- Many restaurants will also work with special orders if you tell them you have food allergies.
- Outback (Order the meat without the special seasoning and substitute additional steamed veggies (without the seasoning) for anything not GAPS-legal. Also any other steak and seafood place generally works.)
- Chipotle- Order a carnitas bowl (no rice or beans) with the tomato salsa, lettuce and guacamole.
- Jamba Juice- They have a few all fruit smoothies that are OK.
- Hamburgers with just lettuce and tomato. If you get stuck you can always do that. In-n-out would probably be the safest of the fast foods. Make sure to tell them no seasoning.
- Order things without spices and without butter if not currently on butter. Most restaurants are pretty accommodating.
- cooking up some meat, chicken, etc., freezing it, bringing it in your suitcase and when you go out just order a plain salad, bring some olive oil, and throw on your own protein?
- McDonald’s ¼ pounder is 100% beef.
- Five Guys burgers also has 100% beef patties.
- Easier to eat at real restaurants (i.e., not chains, not fast food). The chains get their food shipped to them already semi-prepared so it’s tough for them to take sauces and ingredients away.
So, with those ideas in mind, I started drying some fruit and made the beef jerky. We will look for a Whole Foods, but there is also a Safeway grocery store right around the corner. Hubby likes those baked chickens that the stores offer, and I can get avocados and olives.
I think I am going to be okay, especially with the suggestions for the hamburgers with lettuce at the couple of places if we get in a desperate situation to eat. I will be bringing the crispy almonds, crispy walnuts, dried banana chips, blueberries and apple slices everywhere we go, so I shouldn’t go hungry. Although eating the fruit will make me feel more hungry.
I am sure I am going to come home and plow through a potful of vegetables with butter as soon as I possibly can. I may even ask my son to steam me a potful so they will be ready when I get home.
Thank you to all the people who shared great suggestions. I am feeling much less apprehensive about taking this trip and staying on GAPS!! Yeah!
UPDATE: As it turns out our room had a “full kitchen” which I had presumed meant tiny fridge, microwave and coffee maker when I booked the room. Boy, was I wrong! It was a real full sized kitchen with a regular sized fridge and 2 burner gas stove.
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