Note to my readers: This is a subsidized post, as detailed below. In exchange for a reduced conference fee, I agreed to write three posts about the event: this is the third of those posts. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Traveling while paleo is a whole new experience. I am something of a homebody, of course, and I can obviously ensure that my food is paleo if I make it myself. But sometimes, even a woman who adores cooking needs to step out of the kitchen. Here are a few tips I found handy while on the road:
Eat a good breakfast. I know, I know. I hear the dramatic teenaged scoff in your voice. But I’m here to tell you: your mom was right. Having a good chunk of protein at breakfast helped keep me going for a surprisingly long time. Since I didn’t stay at the conference hotel, I made sure to book a place that served breakfast. Both days, I had hard-boiled eggs which I wrapped in slices of meat, and fresh fruit on the side.
Don’t be afraid to leave and get what you need. My breakfast held me over for several hours – through the keynote and most of the second speaker’s presentation. Along about the time we broke for the third session, I was ready to gnaw my own arm off. Unfortunately, I had left my amazing, snack-filled “swag bag” at our hotel. When I learned that there was a Whole Foods Market near the conference, I left a cloud of dust in my wake. I made it back in time to catch most of the third session (a cooking demo by The Chef In the Hat that smelled divine).
Think outside the box. Conferences and expositions tend to be absolutely filled with muffins, quick breads, doughnuts… y’all get the idea. I picked up a fruit & nut mix, some jerky, and (cough*two flavors of*cough) macaroons, which all helped to tide me over.
New school snacks are awesome, too. Many of the vendors who came to IFBC had perfect paleo snacks: Rainier Fruit Company carries pears, apples, cherries and blueberries; Pearls makes Olives to Go*(these are like fruit cups, but with olives); and Santé Nuts has really fresh-tasting roasted salted pecans*. Nutiva has a new macaroon-like O’Coconut* treat; I loved Zico pineapple–flavored coconut water*; GimMe Organic has roasted seaweed snacks* (my daughter likes the teriyaki flavor, but I prefer sea salt). If you tolerate beans, The Better Bean Company has some tasty varieties. And I can’t forget my beloved Theo Chocolate* which I’m certain is the taste of heaven.
Stay hydrated and stretch. I am a fiend about this, because I am stil nursing my youngest, but don’t forget to keep up your fluid intake. This will also have the value of forcing you out of a chair for bathroom breaks. Do a little stretch on your way; check out Paleo Secret’s Sitting Solution for tips on how to move and feel better.
We are definitely still learning how to manage paleo on the go, but overall, I was pleasantly surprised at how well this trip went. We talked about packing a cooler with cold snack foods that we might take next time; feel free to share any advice on that in the comments. What are your best travel tips?
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