You say a week won't make a difference, ok, but what about 2 weeks? I ask this because I will be going to italy this summer for 1 week, come back for a week, and leave again for a week in greece. I will be having better control of my food but not 100%. How much strength can be lost in these 2 weeks assuming i won't be working out and having little protein?
IF as much as you can. See about eggs for breakfast. And enjoy those potatoes!
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You need to check what you can bring into Ireland food-wise because there are food laws. If something you bring in is banned because it has additives which aren't allowed in the EU for example, it could be confiscated. Also, I don't rate your chances of getting a white powder through customs I have a cousin living in Ireland and they eat a lot of bread and potatoes over there.
I live in Dublin. As any Irish person will say "you'll be grand." All meat in Ireland is grass fed so don't worry about that. I would shop in Superquinn for the best meat though. If you tell the family you are staying with that you are allergic to grains you'll be safe from cereal, porridge, pasta and bread. You probably won't be able to avoid potatoes though, no excuse for not eating them. Depending on the family you will be served lots of jarred sauces but you could be lucky and get a family that loves cooking. Do you know where abouts in Dublin you are staying?
Nowadays, I expect it's like everywhere else in the Western world. Famous for strong porter-beer, though ... although that's hardly primal.
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I should treat it as a holiday, not worry too much about what you're eating, and just have fun.
I second the above, a week or two is not going to hurt you to eat what your family provides. You can do your best to make better choices, limit wheat, try and eat more protein and veggies, but it's not going to hurt you if you eat what the locals eat. Don't be a pain and give Americans a bad image by being difficult with your host family. Perhaps use it as a learning opportunity to explain how you're trying to eat better that the typical American diet but are grateful for whatever they are able to provide and able to sample how another culture eats and share how you eat with them too.
When you're young, your body can handle all kinds of foods just fine. It's when you eat poorly for years and years ALL the time that it eventually catches up with you. You already know how to eat when you're in control of buying/making your own food. Don't sweat it when you can't all the time.
I have to agree with fuzzy logic.
When I'm overseas, I eat what I can find, what is served, and I don't worry a bit about my diet. It's a privilege to be able to travel, so stop obsessing and go enjoy yourself.