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    Hi all, new to this forum and I just figured out that my weight gain is from too many macadamia nuts here in Hawaii. I am consulting here and living in a hotel room and have no kitchen access. I have Kim chee in my fridge, sardines in olive oil, organic apples, macadamia nuts,walnuts, almonds, raisins, pecorino romano cheese, goat cheese, prunes, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, avocados and that is about it. Any ideas for other healthy proteins that I could incorporate into my diet so that I can reduce nut protein greatly? My workouts are going well and I eat an omelet in the morning with peppers and onion, 3-4 slices of bacon and melon, pineapple and papaya. Need to work in a salad mid day somehow. Any thoughts out there? Mahalo!

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    Get a container of pre-made coleslaw (so, that should just be chopped cabbage, carrots, etc). Add a splash of extra virgin olive oil, a dash of apple cider vinegar, s&p. Done!

    Get some good quality jerky too!

    That's a lot of fruit in the mornings. Cut way back. Or don't have any fruit in the morning at all.
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    • #3
      Tuna. Just add salt, pepper with some dill pickles or (my favorite) pickled jalapenos.

      If your grocer sells roasted chickens, get you one of those. Take all the big parts off...breast, legs, thighs and put the meat in some ziplocs. Easy to microwave for a meal. Oh, and eat the rest of the carcass as your first meal and discard the bones. You can also steam some broccoli (or other veggies) real easy with those microwave steam bags.

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      • #4
        You can also make hard boiled eggs in the microwave. You can even do an omelet in the microwave.

        You can buy grilled chicken as well.. I'd be filling that fridge up with some veggies as well.. you can get a cutting board and a knife. You can also work with root veggies or spaghetti squash or yams and microwave all those.

        Find a place that just grills their meat..

        If you are really going to be there for awhile, consider getting one of those electric griddles or electric "hot plates" stove top. I actually did that when my husband and I had to live somewhere without a stove for 6 weeks. I used it like the range. Just open the window for some circulation...oh and throw it in your suitcase when room service will be in

        You can even get a george forman grill and do the same thing... Or get one of those small charcoal grills and grill up some meat at the park. (used to do this as well)
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        • #5
          buy some meat! watch the dried fruit and the seeds, those can present some problems, more so than even the mac nuts.

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          • #6
            I lived for several years in a garage apartment with a mini-fridge and a hot plate. I could make anything. It's the clean-up that's hard, however. Having a real kitchen sink is way more important than the size of the fridge.
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            • #7
              We lived in Hawaii for 4 years and recently moved back to the Mainland. Enjoy your stay on the islands!

              If you haven't tried it already and enjoy raw fish, you can buy impeccably fresh poke at any local KTA supermarket. There is variety of poke to choose from, including ahi tuna, octopus, and other raw fish. I think the most enjoyable poke for us was simply seasoned with sea salt, red pepper flakes and green onions.

              Also marlin fish jerky is tasty, although quite expensive. You can carry it with you as a snack.

              Lau lau is also an option. It is like a Hawaiian tamale. A luau leaf is wrapped around a large fatty chunk of pork. The pork is seasoned only with Hawaiian sea salt. Then this little bundle is wrapped in a banana leaf. It is steamed for about 5 hours. It is best eaten homemade. The lau lau's found in supermarkets are pretty lame.

              Huli huli chicken is sold on roadsides in rural parts of Hawaii. It is just roast chicken. However, be aware that it is marinated in soy sauce, brown sugar, etc. -- and it is smoked over Kiawe wood (kind of like mesquite). Some people love it, but I found the smoky flavor overpowering.

              Other than that, you can buy any item (usually) that you purchase in the mainland. Food is quite expensive, and so is electricity. Our electricity bill here in L.A. is a fraction of what it was in Hawaii.

              If you are into purple sweet potatoes, try microwaving the Okinawan sweet potatoes. They are incredibly healthy and compact. I find them a bit dry, but a little coconut milk moistens them up and gives them a great flavor.

              I also recommend purchasing a hand-held immersion blender. You can make smoothies as a change of pace. Every weekend in Hawaii there are wonderful farmer's markets that sell inexpensive and local grown produce, veggies and local fruits.

              There are also many Japanese restaurants on the islands that sell clean, fresh fish or poultry dishes. I just try to shy away from the rice.

              Hope this helps!

              Paleo Aspirations

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jakey View Post
                buy some meat! watch the dried fruit and the seeds, those can present some problems, more so than even the mac nuts.
                True,it's easy to gorge yourself on dried fruit since its volume is greatly reduced.Some brands also feel the need to add a lot of processed sugar to something that already has plenty of natural sugar in it,which makes them a particularly poor choice.I think eating as much fresh fruit as you want is fine,but the stuff in a can or the dried stuff that contains added sugar and chemicals isn't my idea of healthy.
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                • #9
                  Maybe you can get a couple of ideas from this older thread....

                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread9198.html
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by jammies View Post
                    Maybe you can get a couple of ideas from this older thread....

                    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread9198.html
                    Lots of great help from everyone, thanks and I think I know now where I have gone wrong for the past two weeks. Too many macadamias and the fruit in the morning has not helped - I thought low GI fruit was fine but apparently not -mostly melons and an apple in the afternoon with a piece of cheese. I''ll get there . . . .thanks everybody!

                    James

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                    • #11
                      I'm in Okinawa living in a hotel for several months. Quite a few good choices including a fish market near me for eating.
                      But... I have a fridge and microwave to. This Microwavable Mini Steamer and my Sous Vide set up help a bunch. The Sous Vide does not smell up the room. I use this controller with a cheap rice cooker bought on site.

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                      • #12
                        Sous vide? You rock!

                        Originally posted by springnr View Post
                        I'm in Okinawa living in a hotel for several months. Quite a few good choices including a fish market near me for eating.
                        But... I have a fridge and microwave to. This Microwavable Mini Steamer and my Sous Vide set up help a bunch. The Sous Vide does not smell up the room. I use this controller with a cheap rice cooker bought on site.
                        I have been a food professional for many years and did not expect to see that technique pop up on this site, The possibilities are endless for Paleo/primal. The only thing that has ever bothered me about sous vide is off gassing of the plastic . . . no worries in your mind for this? My chef friends have done amazing stuff over the years with this -

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                        • #13
                          I woould think a crock pot would be great- you can stick in a hunk of meat, cook it and then have meat 8 hours later.You can make all sorts of stews etc. I make pull pork in mine, stick the leftovers in a container in the fridge and heat them up in the microwave and eat with cole slaw or whatever.

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                          • #14
                            Plastic is not very primal - agree.
                            I have been using bpa free bags, cooking steaks at 133, so short time involved, and dumping the juices.
                            This is well below melting or softening temps of the plastic. It would be nice to have testing to show this is a viable/safe way to cook. Due to the small market segment involved in sous vide I doubt this will happen soon.

                            The sous vide setup may well turn into a science project gone bad. I am going to try using Le Parfait jars to see how soups and stews turn out before i give up.

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                            • #15
                              I remember reading on this site a few months back about someone who was traveling, and would make soft boiled eggs using the coffee maker in the hotel room. Just run it with no coffee and have the egg in the area where the coffee ends up. With the hot plate going to keep it hot, you can get a decent soft boiled egg, you just have to play with it to figure out the time.

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