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    In the U.S. our gas stations have become junk food eating emporiums. I live in the South, ground zero for the obesity epidemic, and the gas station food mart is a major contributor to the problem. It's stunning to watch the people here line up to drink the giant, cheap fountain sodas for breakfast.

    It's a challenge to find an acceptable food item in these food marts. So, if you're stuck between meals, here's my top choices.

    7) Potato Chips. Negative: tuber fried in commercial seed oil, commercial salt

    6) Beef Jerky. Negatives: Feedlot beef, corn syrup and the usual industrial food chain additives.

    5) Cashews. Negative: Roasted in commercial seed oils, commercial salt.

    4) Bottled Water. Negative: Plastic Bottle

    3) Coffee. Negative: Addictive, acidic, possibly inflammatory

    2) Banana or other fruit. Negative: Not organic and usually not fresh

    1) Mineral Water in a glass bottle. Negative: None
    Last edited by dbalch; 04-07-2012, 12:13 AM.

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    I live in the south and like your post.
    I'm new to PB and wouldn't have a second thought about drinking water in a plastic bottle -- now you're making me wonder.

    How about fried pork skins? They're in every quick mart?
    Besides mineral water in a glass bottle, club soda would be acceptable, wouldn't it?
    One thing your post made clear -- it's always good to travel with some acceptable food.

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    • #3
      Yep, about the only thing I buy in those marts is water or club soda -- preferably in glass but incredibly hard to find these days. I try to bring my own along (due to the plastic thing), but sometimes one runs out.

      The other thing I buy inside: motor oil. Maybe dry ice in winter. Gas stations are for feeding your car (and perhaps a sleazy bathroom, but actually fast food emporiums are best for that function).

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      • #4
        Hi, I have been wondering about Oberto's 'ALL NATURAL' beef jerky, found in some stores. The ingredients don't look too bad, do they?

        Our tender, premium, all natural beef is the star of Oh Boy! Oberto’s All Natural Original Beef Jerky.
        Set off by just the right amount of natural spices, this is how great beef should taste. No preservatives, no artificial ingredients. You gotta try it!
        SIMPLE, ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS
        BEEF, SUGAR, WATER, BEEF STOCK, SALT, SPICES AND NATURAL FLAVORINGS, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVOR, VINEGAR.
        13G PROTEIN - 97% FAT FREE - NO ADDED MSG
        Lean, premium beef. Minimally processed with simple, natural ingredients — the same ingredients you might find in your own kitchen. Only Oh Boy! Oberto All Natural Jerky offers a taste that is mouthwateringly delicious. A burst of flavor in every bite!


        Another choice at gas stations around here are Wonderful Pistachios Roasted in the shell. Ingredients: pistachios, salt
        They are primal aren't they?

        if they don't have these things, I always leave with unsweetened iced tea.

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        • #5
          I tend to get Perrier (if you get the large bottle, it's glass) and unflavored BakenEts pork rinds (nothing but pork and salt).

          Which seems to get me the "Oh, you think you're one of them there high fallutin' rednecks!" look from the cashier.
          Durp.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Chatty View Post
            I live in the south and like your post.
            I'm new to PB and wouldn't have a second thought about drinking water in a plastic bottle -- now you're making me wonder.

            How about fried pork skins? They're in every quick mart?
            Besides mineral water in a glass bottle, club soda would be acceptable, wouldn't it?
            One thing your post made clear -- it's always good to travel with some acceptable food.
            I would check the label on the pork skins. That should be an OK choice, I think. Negatives: probably fried in bad seed oil. And pork is from feedlot. For info on industrial feedlot meat, watch a movie called "Food. Inc.". I think you can download it from Netflix. Also read Michael Pollan's "the Omnivore's Delimna" Best to get your pork from a local farmer who raises his pigs humanely and with their ancestral diet.

            Also, I try to drink liquids from glass containers. Plastic bottled water is acceptable to me in an unusual circumstance, but is a bad habit IMHO.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by LeaB View Post
              Hi, I have been wondering about Oberto's 'ALL NATURAL' beef jerky, found in some stores. The ingredients don't look too bad, do they?

              Our tender, premium, all natural beef is the star of Oh Boy! Oberto’s All Natural Original Beef Jerky.
              Set off by just the right amount of natural spices, this is how great beef should taste. No preservatives, no artificial ingredients. You gotta try it!
              SIMPLE, ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS
              BEEF, SUGAR, WATER, BEEF STOCK, SALT, SPICES AND NATURAL FLAVORINGS, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVOR, VINEGAR.
              13G PROTEIN - 97% FAT FREE - NO ADDED MSG
              Lean, premium beef. Minimally processed with simple, natural ingredients — the same ingredients you might find in your own kitchen. Only Oh Boy! Oberto All Natural Jerky offers a taste that is mouthwateringly delicious. A burst of flavor in every bite!


              Another choice at gas stations around here are Wonderful Pistachios Roasted in the shell. Ingredients: pistachios, salt
              They are primal aren't they?

              if they don't have these things, I always leave with unsweetened iced tea.
              That sounds like a pretty good beef jerky. Still, the word "natural" means nothing legally, so be careful there. Also, it's industrial feedlot beef, so inherently unhealthy. I make my own beef jerky from 100% grass fed beef I buy from a local farmer. That is best, and oh so easy to do! Other red flags on that label: "sugar"....how much? "natural flavoring"....these are non-nutritive additives meant solely to affect flavor and taste. I don't like to see unnamed "flavoring" added to my food, natural or artificial.

              I like the unsweetened iced tea. Should have been on my list.

              The only issue with pistachios is that they are usually roasted in an unhealthy seed oil. Best to buy them raw, soak them in a sea salt solution for 6-9 hours, then slow bake for 12 hours. Best to salt with sea salt or Himilayan salt, which is what I use.

              Even better is not to snack. I practice intermittent fasting, basically eating just two big meals a day on average. Same total calories. I used to be a snack-a-holic and IF is how I solved my weight problem. It cured me from snacking. You can search fasting on this board and get a lot of good info. Mark's book Primal Blueprint is also a very good summary.
              Last edited by dbalch; 04-07-2012, 07:09 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Artemis-MA View Post
                .............Gas stations are for feeding your car (and perhaps a sleazy bathroom, but actually fast food emporiums are best for that function).
                What a great saying:
                "Gas stations are for feeding your car, not your body!"

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                • #9
                  I'm a sales rep and in and out of the car (and gas stations) all day long. What's amazed me is how they've evolved over the years from just a place to get gas to mini-Walmarts. I used to get the 44 oz. Diet Coke and bag 'o chips, cookies, or whatever else I "needed" to get me through the rest of my day. These days, I bring a large home-brewed Iced Green Tea with me in the morning with my paleo breakfast (eggs, bacon, coffee with CO oil & CO milk, etc.). This gets me through the rest of the day.

                  I, too, stopped snacking and it has made a world of difference.

                  I still go inside to get the occasional refill of ice in my cup, or yes, a bottled water because that's about the only decent choice. It amazes me how long the lines are and see all the inflammatory choices people buy. I cannot judge, as I've stuffed myself to the point of disgust with sugar and grains my entire life. I've stood in line with Hostess cakes and ice cream bars and chips. It's so funny, because once I went truly Paleo, I was unable to find a single thing to eat there, even with the mountains of choices.
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                  11/27/2011: 162.8 lbs.
                  7/15/12 : 148.6 lbs.
                  Clean Paleo diet: Lots of CO, Meat, Seafood, and doing CT 5x/week, 40 mins @ 50-52 degrees F

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                  • #10
                    If you are up around the PA area or other place where they have a Sheetz, they usually have hard boiled eggs and sometimes, pork skins. My usual convenience store fare is Pierre, boiled eggs, beef jerky, and pork skins. Is it perfect? No. Is it better than a diet coke and a snickers bar? Absolutely. When I have no other options, I survive off what I can get or IF.
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                    • #11
                      IF.
                      Anymore, I hate eating anything not from my home unless it is a local restaurant with good food. It is amazing how much people can mess up what should be good food. I'm especially tired of grilled chicken that is oily and injected with something to make it have a nasty flavor.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PrimalPam View Post
                        I've stood in line with Hostess cakes and ice cream bars and chips.
                        I've been there, brother.

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                        • #13
                          The best thing in the minimart is the styrofoam cooler and the ice.

                          When we car travel we bring a cooler and fill it with our own good food. The styrofoam coolers last a long time. We reuse ours over and over. We actually found ours at a spot in the mountains where people like to shoot stuff up. Somebody left it behind. We also saved one from US Wellness Meats. It fits together really tightly. We freeze one gallon jugs of water and use that for ice until it's melted and then resort to mini-market ice. To prevent annoying squeaks while the car is moving, we put a towel and something heavy on top of the cooler. We carry our backpacking stoves if we feel like cooking. Total hobo hiker trash, that's me, sitting in some BLM point of interest at the side of the highway cooking up some good paleo food on my homemade pepsi can alcohol stove.
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                          • #14
                            I found the bag, bearing the name Pork cracklins on it, the best. I've tried baconets, but it doesn't come close to the former.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by magnolia1973 View Post
                              IF.
                              Anymore, I hate eating anything not from my home unless it is a local restaurant with good food. It is amazing how much people can mess up what should be good food. I'm especially tired of grilled chicken that is oily and injected with something to make it have a nasty flavor.
                              Me too, but I just ate at a restaurant here in Atlanta called "Farmburger". I had a 100% grass fed beef hamburger on a gluten free bun with goat cheese. Bone marrow and fried chicken livers on the side, both from local farms. So, there is some hope.

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