What are some good paleo foods that I can live off of for 5 days in a hotel room without refrigeration or cooking? (and ideally, while eating a fair variety of things)
I'm off on vacation in Atlanta for 5 days later this summer (Dragon*Con!). Usually when we go, we order pizza, eat a lot of cheap muffins and granola bars, bread, fruit, something grabbed at the Chic-fil-a, or smoothies from the Orange Julius in the food court, etc. "Normal" convention/travel food, and none of it paleo-friendly.
Since going paleo, I'm not sure what I'll eat this year! Canned tuna, and nuts are all well and good, but I'll need something else to eat for 5 days. :/
I'm still pretty new to paleo, so pretty much everything I'm eating now needs refrigeration and cooking, and I'm not very good at thinking up new things to eat yet.
If you're willing to carry a bag on then what I would do is check a cooler full of food, no ice, and then add ice when you're at the hotel. You don't need a nice one, just leave it at the hotel when you're ready to go home. Be mindful when you pack it, heavier on the bottom/lighter on top, and choose items that won't get smashed or that you need implements to open - but just in case throw plastic silverware in as well OR chopsticks. I've gotten stopped for a metal spoon and they made me throw it away.
For environmental reasons I hate suggesting anything in a pouch, go glass!, but you'll save weight and it makes sense. Bagged greens, smoked meats, a hard cheese, hard boiled eggs, avocado, cucumber, cherries, olives, figs and the list can go on and on. The hold of the plane is cold enough that a 6+ plane ride and taxi/bus to hotel would be fine just get ice on everything asap. If you're worried freeze some bottles of water and stash them around inside - you can drink when they thaw out and they'll keep your food cold.
I go to a lot of music festivals with friends and this is one of our favourite tricks. Saves a ton of money and we get to eat what we want :)
I'm also taking a trip in a few weeks for 5 days, I'll be bringing with me a home made supply of the following to supplement:
-dried fruit, nuts, coconut, veggies (zucchini chips, carrot chips)
-my own version of a chocolate protein bar (totally balanced, 200 calories each bar) [recipe has been posted twice here but not sure where]
-my own version of a lara bar (totally balanced, 200 calories each bar)
My strategy is to always eat lots of proteins and fats (avocados, butter, olive oil mostly) out and reserve my carbs for my snacks (why, because I tend to eat more carbs for some reason)
Definitely try and find a grocery store close by, get a few avocados, apple, nuts if you don't bring them with you. Its a good time to IF and pull yourself back on smaller meals, then when you eat out at a nice place you don't have the guilt of eating a large meal.
Good luck, its never easy, but planning helps me!! I'll be moving and living in a hotel for about a 1-2 months by end August and THAT is something I'll have to plan big time for!!!
I seem to recall there's Moe's Southwest Grill at the Con food court, which offers grass-fed steak as an option (!!!), which you could get on one of their salad bowls. Also, I think there's a mediocre sushi joint that you could maybe get sashimi at.
I am always traveling once a month, and typically I would go to the nearby grocery store and get groceries that I can eat during week.
For breakfast- i go to a nearby diner or cafe and get a 3 egg veggie omelet and take a piece of fruit from the hotel for later on. I ask them to substitute the toast for a small fruit cup and they never have any issues with that.
For Lunch- I will get chicken breast over salad from nearby restaurant- any place should give you a salad you enjoy
For Dinner- I typically get salmon or a steak with side of vegetables from a restaurant. Sometimes if you can't afford this or it gets too be too much, just get a rotisserie chicken from nearby store and frozen veggies- works great for a meal!!!
Everyone is always willing to substitute the carbs for something else- you just have to ask.
I go to grocery store- like wal-mart or whatever is available and get the following to hold me throughout the week: Most stores now have those bags that keep your food hot/cold, I typically get this and store food in there and it's pretty decent
If you need a fridge- just ask hotel desk to store it in their fridge for you and have your name on it- they are always willing to help out their guests.
If you need a microwave, all hotels have them available in their break lounge- just ask and they will supply you!
Hope this helps! Good Luck :-)