I find myself using them as a back-up often when traveling. I've become a bit of a coffee addict in the last five years, and like being able to get a buffet meal and coffee in the same place. My other staples when jetting around are Thai restaurants, and (raw, sometimes) vegan/vegetarian restaurants. I've lurked on here a long time. I know there is a big vegan backlash, but if you know the right places you can get grain-free meals where coconut or olive oil is used. It seems to be easier to find these type of restaurants than places that are using local, grassfed meat.
I'm getting grossed out though by Whole Foods buffet bar. I got food poisoning once, not 100% sure it was from there, but pretty sure. And I just don't feel good often after eating there. There's not much beef in the buffets, it's dominated by chicken, tofu, grains. And according to my friend that has worked at WF for 8 years, most of what is cooked in the kitchen is supplied by Sysco (CAFO, PUFA-ridden, all in all SAD) and everything is cooked in Canola oil. She said in her store, when things are marked organic at the buffet, it's often not true. Signs can say things like "made with local" eggs cause there might be a few in there, but the rest is Sysco, not even the stuff they sell in the stores. She says she got food poisoning twice from her store, and never eats the buffet anymore. Maybe everything she has said has just poisoned my brain, but I just don't want it anymore. And I can't stand most of the freaking customers!
I need a new back-up. Where do you go?
Are you traveling in a situation where you can plan meals/restaurants ahead? If so, you might do some research or ask questions about a particular areas restaurants either here or over at Chowhound. While Chowhound isn't of course paleo, they are super food oriented and you'll probably find people who can answer your questions.
If your trips are fairly short you might consider taking a cooler or bag of necessities. Some jerky, hard boiled eggs, coconut milk cans etc. Organic greens and produce is pretty easy to find these days.
Sounds like WF isn't for you. Maybe if you tell us more about your travel circumstances and locations we can make better recommendations.
Yeah ditto here not liking the canola oil in everything... I'm not sure if they think that's what their customers actually want or if they're just cutting costs- either way they seem to be getting real lax on their standards in general.
However, it's still probably much better than many other options. I'm always keeping my eyes open for salad bar type deals when I'm on the go. Sure it's not always the best, but you can usually scrounge together a decent meal with minimal added ingredients. My fallback is the good ole' supermarket- sardines, avocados, hardboiled eggs, olive bar. Definitely the cheaper route as well.
I am just happy that I'm conditioned enough to IF pretty much anytime, anywhere- until I can find some decent sustenance.
Rule of thumb at WFM: the freshest stuff is in the prepared foods deli cases. after 2 days there, it goes to salad bar, after that it goes to hot bar.... just saying.
Grab fruits, meats, jerky, hard boiled eggs, snack veggies. Nuts, seeds, etc.
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