I will be traveling soon (first overseas flight since starting Primal) so I was wondering, given the meal options that are offered:
Muslim, Vegetarian, Japanese, Kosher, No preference
Which of these typically align the best with Paleo/Primal diets?
Since we never really know the contents of each meal until it is served, I was wondering if anyone had ideas on which would generally be the most compatible. (This is also assuming that you do end up needing a meal on the plane, as it can be difficult to gather "proper" foods in a foreign/Asian country prior to departing).
Bring your own stuff. Nuts, avocados, beef jerkey, fruit, chocolate and the like. Or it maybe a fun time for an intermittent fasting. Actually, it sounds like a terrible time for that to me. But if you're super anal about being strict paleo and don't want to get creative, it may be a great time.
I would suggest fasting on the plane. It also helps with jet lag because meal timing effects circadian rhythm:
Hans @ BeyondPaleo
I'm a type 1 diabetic and have have gotten this a few times.. I think it's the best option for paleo/primal eating. You don't need a 'diabetes badge' or anything, just order it when you get your ticket. I remember getting a big piece of meat and a nice salad.
I have found the Gluten Free option to be a great choice when flying. You generally get some type of salad to start, meat, veg and rice or potatoes for mains and then some kind of fruit for dessert. You will probably get some type of GF bread also but no need to eat that!
The Japanese meal. It will consist mostly of seafood and vegetables with a little bit of beef. There will be some white rice, which if you choose to eat it, is pretty benign. The worst stuff in the meal is the soy based sauces, but if I recall correcly, they are mostly on the side, so you can choose not to eat them. Plus, the Japanese meals are really tasty.
Apparently there is an entire website dedicated to airline food...www.airlinemeals.net Complete with pictures and a menu card archive. According to them, Continental offers gluten-free. In all seriousness, that might be the best way to assess what comes in any of these Muslim, Vegetarian, Japanese, Kosher, or generic meals on a particular airline. The Halal meals seem to involve rice, which at least a trade up from pasta.
Most of the time I'll do a water fast, maybe some tea or coffee (though it tastes horrible on airplanes, IMO). For very long flights it could get uncomfortable though. I fasted once on my way back from Korea for about 30 hours and felt really cold on the plane.
As others have suggested, if you want to eat something, bring things like nuts, dark chocolate or even hard boiled eggs. Canned fish is an option too but the smell may freak out other guests ;)