Summer is coming up which is going to mean going on vacation for plenty of people! I'm heading to Portugal and San Francisco this summer (I live in Ireland so it's going to be a long flight!) and as this is my first time abroad while eating paleo I'm wondering how easy it will be to access paleo foods.
Why, WHY?! Ok, I've got that out of my system…
First, are you celiac? If not, immediately ditch all ideas about staying gluten-free. That doesn't mean eat nothing but sandwiches, pizza and pasta, but not fretting over a dusting of wheat flour on something fried just makes sense. Even if you are wheat-"sensitive", a little wheat isn't going to cause much issue.
Second, don't worry about vegetable oils. Seriously, there's no short-term effect that you'll note from eating paleo-verboten vegetable oils. Vegetable oil avoidance is based on the idea that these cause disease in the long-term. A week or two of a moderate vegetable oil consumption isn't going to have an impact on your long-term health.
Those are probably the two biggest "issues" that paleo folks have eating out.
So instead of acting like some weirdo who eats tuna out of cans at airports, go to the overpriced cafe and get a salad. I'll probably have some vegetable oil-based dressing, grilled non-organic chicken, and a few croutons on it. Pick out the croutons (or not) and eat it.
Instead of a freak who tells the chef how to do their job... order normal food, simply avoid things you need to avoid, minimizing things you want to avoid and enjoy.
Diminishing your experience for the whims of your arbitrary diet sounds like a terrible idea.
i haven't yet vacationed since i started this diet, but have been on many vacations as a raw vegan- that is pretty easy if you have access to a grocery store.
as a paleo follower now, i would bring some canned tuna/sardines/salmon, nuts/seeds, coconut oil/butter as these things wouldn't go bad. i'd end up buying fruits/veggies/cheese while i'm there. i've never been on a plane so i don't know the allowed things you can bring on there. i would definitely bring my blender for smoothies to take on the go with me as well as a can opener for my tinned meats.
at restaurants, be very specific about your needs and just say you have allergies- that way they will be strict because they don't wanna get sued for killing you.
airports snacks- if you're looking for a meal salads are always great! You can find prepackaged nuts in most airport stores. Paleo beef jerky is great too! They have oodles of sugar, but if you get desperate on a day of sightseeing you can always grab a larabar, they are paleo. And PaleoKits is a company that makes travel paleo meals (keep one in your murse/backpack and you most likely will use it!). Hope that helps. Good luck!
I recently managed an all inclusive in Mexico for a week and stayed Paleo! It was a lot easier then I thought (other then the meat/egg quality)
Airport, brought a can of Wild Caught Tuna (the easy to open one), a box of my %100 cacao bar, some nuts, home made meatballs, and salmon fillet with spinach salad - God forbid I bring water on the plane, but apparently full salmon dinners in a ziplock contain were fine!
Site seeing: nuts usually tied me over but I never want to eat when Im site seeing, if I do, I'd pop into a local restaurant and I was in SF last summer, lots of options... Also lots of deep fried seafood and seafood on buns (not to primal lol)
Hotel: eggs, avocado, a box of spinach to have on hand?
Enjoy! It wont be as hard as you think!