I'm going to a week-long workshop hosted at an all vegetarian (mostly veg*n) lodge. Unfortunately I have no choice in the accommodations. I've been there once before, and it was lots of soy, beans, corn, wheat, and processed seed oils. My belly actually felt better eating at the Sonic burger in the next town over.
This time, I'm bringing a 54-quart cooler and am planning on packing all my own food. It will have to be cooked in advance. What would you bring?
My list so far: - boiled eggs - sardines - canned salmon - cooked sweet potato/winter squash - cooked beef burgers - roast chicken - stew/curry/soup in mason jars - kale chips - some fruit
I go to a hot springs retreat center once a year or so that serves all vegetarian food, but lunch and dinner have a big salad with seeds and some other toppings that I can eat, so I mainly focus on protein additions. I pack:hard boiled eggs, sardines, smoked oysters, raw seed crackers, jerky, salami and other cold cuts, a couple avocados and a big jar of some kind of fermented veggie. I feel funny bringing my own food into the dining area because besides being a retreat center, it's an intentional community that is mostly made up of vegetarians, so I eat what I can at the meal, then eat more in my cabin, or I find out what the meal is ahead of time, eat in my cabin, then eat in the dining area. If there are salads served, but you don't have a dressing choice, bring your own dressing...
What would happen if you told the chef that you had a soy/wheat sensitivity, or that you were trying to observe a gluten free diet? I would imagine that you're not the only one, and even if you just end up with a boatload of veggies, that would be ok (you could augment with the protein sources you have in your cooler).
i also really like paleo kits, and they're so darned portable and yummy.
Maybe eat like the "locals" for a week. Paleo and vegetarian are not mutually exclusive. Eggs, dairy, fruit & veg, all paleo. Even venturing into non-paleo things: rice and beans, neither are that terrible that you couldn't handle it for a week. Even a dose of gluten or two isn't going to kill you... Enjoy the week, don't worry about food.