I travel a lot for my job. I have discovered a lot of tricks for finding real food and sticking to my diet while traveling. The situation I am currently in is a unique one. The agreement we have with the client is we must stay at a particular hotel within walking distance to the client and I do not have access to a rental car.
I am limited to the grocery store around the corner, restaurants close by that colleagues agree to go to, the hotel restaurant and the concierge lounge. I am going to share with you ideas I have to make the best out of my situation.
1. Dehydrated Bone Broth
This stuff is amazing! I did not know it was possible to make your own bouillon. If it were not for this, it would be a lot harder for me to continue with the GAPS diet and I would not be healing at the rate I would like to be. I will be posting a video soon on how to make homemade dehydrated broth.
2. Make Water Kefir in the Hotel
Yes, it is possible! I strained my water kefir grains from home, put about 1/4 cup in a plastic bag, brought a couple cups of organic cane sugar in a separate bag, and brought one quart size mason jar and a nylon mini strainer in my bag. I can either buy bottled water or get it from the concierge lounge. To transport the water kefir when it is made, I brought my glass water bottle, which is the only safe container to drink water kefir or kombucha from.
If you have access to a natural food store that sells kombucha, this is another option for getting fermented foods into your diet on the road. Unfortunately, the store close to my hotel does not sell kombucha. I may request that they begin carrying it to make my life easier. However, making water kefir in the hotel is a budget friendly way of including fermented beverages in your diet while you are away from home.
3. Bring Non-Perishable Snacks
If you are returning to the same place week after week as I do, it makes it easier and lighter to travel if you leave some things behind. Most hotels offer to keep a bag for you at the front desk if you plan on returning. I can keep my beef jerky, tanka bites, canned salmon/tuna/sardines, nuts, seeds, homemade energy bars and other snacks in here. I will also keep my glass mason jar and strainer in here.
4. Eat Animal Protein
Bring raw cheeses from home if you will not have access to good quality cheese where you are traveling to. Most grocery stores will carry at least one raw cheese. Making hard boiled or deviled eggs is a great source of protein and healthy fats (from the yolks and mayo/olive oil in the deviled eggs).
I made ground beef jerky at home before I left on my current trip. I am so glad I did just in case I am not able to get adequate protein while I am here. In the future I plan on making bacon (from my farmer) ahead of time at home to bring with me to snack on.
5. Stick to Quality Animal Proteins, Fats and Vegetables While Eating Out
Tonight was my first night in a new town. The team and I went to a sushi restaurant. I ordered a plate of sashimi that included salmon roe! Another great option at a sushi restaurant is ordering hand rolls without the rice.
Beware of the sauces, especially if you are avoiding certain ingredients. If you are not completely avoiding grains like me, white rice is considered to be a “safe starch”. A good side dish would be a seaweed salad.
A good rule of thumb at a restaurant is to seek a meal with animal protein as the main part with non-starchy vegetables and good animal fat like butter. This satiates me most of the time.
6. Eat a Good Quality Meal Before Traveling
If you eat a good quality meal before going on the road, you are off to a great start!
Keep all of these tips in mind the next time you travel. Please share any other strategies you have for eating real food on the road!
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