This summer I am doing a group charity bicycle tour across the U.S., riding 49 days from Seattle to Washington D.C. It's a fantastic deal as our fundraising minimum includes sag support, gear-schleppage, 3 meals a day and snacks, and lodging at campsites and dorms.
As it turns out, a few of us on the trip (there are 18 of us total) have been eating paleo since we began our training last fall. We are all concerned that we're going to have to give that up in order to get the 3500-4000 calories a day we'll need without spending scads of money on other foods. The food isn't terrible at least-- it's not as though we'll be forced to eat pasta every night. Past participants spoke of chicken and steaks, salads, ample fruit etc... but they acknowledged that there was a lot of bread and grains as well. Also, lunch is a PB + J bar which is totally not going to work out for us and our Paleo predilections.
My initial thought is to buy boxes of Larabars to take with me (mmm Key Lime Pie). I'm looking for other ideas though. I can't imagine going to the store and demand these community groups in this podunk little towns around the country make me baked sweet potatoes.
Thus, what ideas do you have for keeping paleo in this situation? What would you do in my position?
Definitely larabars are going to be a good choice. You could also pack some nuts of some sort, cans of meats in general packed in water, types of jerk would be great also, some dried fruits, seaweed snacks, you could make some kale chips or other assorted home made vegetable chips, pumpkin seeds, and don't forget the coconut water!
My boyfriend cycled across France, and I told him to keep snack bars etc with him and not worry about it, but he got carried away and was just eating chunks of pate and brie all day. He has a stomach of steel apparently, as he just ate rich food all day every day with a couple of apples thrown in. Personally, I would do larabars, maybe a couple of those coconut bars for variety, some trail mix, coconut water, and jerky (salmon and beef are my faves). Not exactly the same thing, but when I do the west coast trail I find that I don't really want to eat snacks- because you are being provided 3 meals, I would eat all the good stuff you mentioned (steak, chicken, salads etc) and just supplement it with the other snack food you brought.
Tanka bars, canned salmon, canned sardines, canned oysters, canned tuna, and beef jerky are all great for protein and fat. I like honey stinger protein bars for carbs, if you can tolerate whey and won't be too worn down by some fructose consumption. Coconut chips, coconut butter, coconut oil are all great sources of MCTs, and except the oil - also fiber (which translates to SCFAs.)
Add some almonds and macs, and that pretty much sums up my shopping list for camping. You'll probably want to go a bit heavier on carbs with that much activity - that may just mean going along with their meal plan while exempting the grains - or it may mean stocking up on lara bars, stinger bars, pro bars, clif gel (brown rice syrup based - the caffeinated ones are pretty awesome!), etc.
I can't think of any decent sources of glucose (without fructose) for this situation, I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has some.
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