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    I need some help ASAP. Just found out I will be traveling for four days (family funeral). I will be flying there and staying with relatives. I don't know what the food situation will look like, but knowing my family, we will be eating out a lot and I'm sure there will be a funeral dinner provided by the church.

    Here is my dilemma. I am gluten and casein intolerant. My reactions are pretty severe so I can't even cheat and hope for the best. Just a bite or two of the wrong thing will have me in the bathroom for a day or two.

    So what kind of snack and meal ideas can I put together for this trip? I plan on taking a few boiled eggs to get me through breakfast before boarding the plane, and I can hit up a grocery store as soon as we land. I'm not planning on taking anything on the plane.

    I need things that are portable and can be purchased in small quantities. I'll be staying in my grandmother's apartment, but I don't know what kind of cooking facilities and equipment I will have access to. I'm guessing it won't be much since this is like assisted living housing. I'll probably need to have things that can be packed in a lunchbox and don't require much preparation so I can be mobile. I'm not going to worry to much about fat/protein/carbs, although I will try to stay low-carb. My main concern is avoiding the wheat and dairy.

    My first thoughts were beef jerky (but it's hard to find wheat-free versions), tuna in pouches, bottled water, fruit, bagged salad greens, carrot sticks, celery, maybe a small amount of nuts. I can also boil some more eggs when I get there for easy breakfast options.

    What else should I put on my shopping list?

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    Larabars (Kind bars are yummy too), fruit, hard boiled eggs (I know you already thought of that), veggies, jerky, hard deli meats (salami, pepperoni, etc)
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    • #3
      Pork rinds

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      • #4
        I send my condolences. I am sorry to hear about your loss.
        I had gluten and casein problems for years - so I feel your pain on that one. I would add bacon to the list, and maybe dried fruit. It sounds to me like the biggest issue is staying GFCF, and if you end up having higher carbs eating fruit or starchy veggies for the next few days, that is less important than a "hit" of gluten or casein.

        Best wishes
        Karin

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        • #5
          Thanks for the ideas. Bacon I can probably pull off. I'm not a fan of pork rinds, but they are pretty good with guacamole and salsa. I use them mainly to "bread" fish. I can also grab a box of gluten free cookies so I can have a "dessert".

          Karin - thanks - and yes, staying GFCF is my top priority.

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          • #6
            My condolences for your loss.
            If you will have access to a stove, hotplate or microwave, I suggest buying a jar of tomato sauce ( I mean pasta sauce) that has primal-friendly ingredients. You can heat this up and poach eggs in it, or add hard-boiled eggs, canned fish, frozen veggies (can you get those there?) etc. I think it would be comforting to have something warm rather than just subsisting on canned food and carrot sticks.
            My food blog, with many PB-friendly recipes

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            • #7
              have you checked out the posts on favourite snacks? There have been a couple in MDA posts as well as in the forum - a search for snacks should also help. The link seems to have most of the things you mention, but you may want to check out the comments section on the link for some more ideas: My Top 10 Primal/Paleo Snacks
              Let Go. Move On. Be Free.

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              • #8
                Excellent ideas - I will go check out that thread. The pasta sauce option sounds perfect. In fact, I think I'm gonna try that for breakfast right now!

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                • #9
                  Jerky, nuts, fruit, eggs are all good choices.

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                  • #10
                    For the jerky, Shelton's pepperoni sticks are GF. It's too late for this trip, but you might want to have some "Paleokits" on hand for the future. I'm also gluten free and dairy free and try my best to stick to Primal/Paleo when I have to travel for my job. When on the road, my number 1 priority is to avoid gluten, dairy and all other allergens first, then also follow paleo if I can. I took some Paleokits on my last business trip and was able to pull that vacuum packed meal out and eat it when the contractor catered in chicken fettucini alfredo and cookies and ice cream for all of us to eat for lunch. You can find the Paleokits on Google. They are made by Steve's original.
                    Last edited by DKSABS; 04-21-2011, 07:53 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the tip on the Paleo Kits... that will come in handy when we go on vacation this summer!

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                      • #12
                        In addition to above, buy a couple of avocados at various stages of ripeness.
                        Everything in moderation, including moderation.

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                        • #13
                          Re: avocados..... that reminds me...At our local grocery store (and walmart) they have single guacamole packets which are the perfect size for salads and quick snacks. If they have those out where I'm going (Mesa, Arizona) I will definitely grab some of those.

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                          • #14
                            Avocados, eaten out of the shell with a spoon. I sprinkle mine with celery salt, which I carry in it's own spice jar shaker in my lunchbag. Mini cans of white tuna in olive oil. Just mash up the tuna in the oil in the can and eat with a fork. Even works in a car. Turkey Bites, or other not-too spicy pepperoni sticks (too spicy means I can only eat one at a time, but that's just me). BBQ chickens from the takeout at the grocery store. Of course, you'll need to check ingredient lists for the last two suggestions.

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                            • #15
                              Hi, there, I travel a lot for work, and I have had to be really careful now that I'm following the PB. A few things I learned on my last few trips: 1) I realized that personally I needed to be prepared for IF if necessary, because I just couldn't always control when or what I would eat, 2) When I had a chance to order steak and eggs for breakfast, I did, because I knew that I may not have any control over what would be served for lunch or dinner, 3) I carried the same things you suggested. in addition, I brought a few organic green apples because they stay pretty well without refrigeration, and I also brought a couple of cans of sardines in olive oil, and added those to a luncheon salad. The oil really helped to satisfy me. The first time I traveled, I had wine to be polite, but the next two times, I didn't. Why waste the calories on alcohol when I don't normally drink. Good luck!

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