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    Like Katherine said make sure you have a knife and a small cutting board. I wouldn't bother with extra cooking equipment, hot plate or rice cooker; it's too much to haul.

    I would make sure I had butter or cream and lemons or limes in the fridge at all times. I stayed with my son in the hospital for 3 weeks and I kept those things on hand; pretty much anything can be improved with those additions. Like someone mentioned you can buy frozen veggies locally, I would add sweet potatoes, eggs, canned fish. At the market you should be able to get jicama, radishes and various fruits, fruit keep well and requires no cooking. At the Mexican restaurants you can always order carne asada, pollo asada, carnitas, all the these are made w/o flour, some of the sauce dishes (like chili colorado) are thickened with flour. You can order these meats to go (with fresh salsa of course) and take them back to your room to have with your cooked sweet potato or quinoa and fruit.

    I just remembered 2 other things I kept on hand: dark chocolate and almond butter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathleen View Post
    I agree. Mexican food is about the most primal you can get---if it's authentic. Stear clear of Taco Bell and Chipotle, they fry their "food" in soybean oil. But if you're lucky enough to be in a town rural and remote enough to not have fast food chains, you'll highly likely get the real, authentic Mexican food.
    Fun Fact: Chipotle's Carnitas are not fried in soybean oil! (They aren't fried at all, braised only: Pork, Lard, Bay Leaf, Salt, Black Pepper, Thyme, Juniper Berries) And they are pretty good, though not crispy as I prefer. Chipotle was a fave fast food stop for me while I had classes and didn't have a good way to grab dinner.

    lettuce, double helping carnitas, huge helping of their "mild salsa" (tomato heavy pico de gallo basically) and omfg so good. :x

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    Make friends with the concierge at the hotel - they are an invaluable resource.

    If you're driving there, make an exception and go to Malwart for a cooler on wheels. That sucker saved my ass on the road two years ago, and now I store stuff in it when I'm not using it. I got the largest one I could fit into my small car. I filled it with lox, goat cheese, well-made cold cuts, hard cheeses, olives, pickles, jerky (from Whole Foods), etc. - I can live on stuff like that forever. I also brought along my own coffee, coffee grinder, and travel coffee maker, even though I rarely needed the last on the road as even Motel 8s now have drip coffee makers in the rooms. You can find ice at almost any gas station along the way.

    NM, AZ, TX and the like have a lot of great Mexican food, so don't shy away from it. You won't die from the occasional serving of refried beans (especially if they do them in lard as they should), and the occasional tortilla (though I'd avoid tortillas just on principal because I'm a big anti-corn nut).

    If the hotel won't kick you out for cooking in your room, or they offer suites with kitchens, you're set, and the worst that can happen is that you have to live CAFO meats and conventionally grown produce for awhile. Here are some electric burners you can bring with you if there are no kitchen suites: Amazon.com: electric burner: Home & Kitchen Put a few dozen pastured eggs and some pastured butter in that big ass cooler and you're set for emergencies. Don't forget a frying pan. Oops, I see that NATLES already mentioned an electic skillet, and that would be even better since it's only one item rather than two.

    SPAM - the traditional/original one has almost nothing that isn't primal. It's CAFO to be sure, but it travels well and needs no refigeration.

    One month of CAFO won't kill you. McD's might. heh. If the hotel has a restaurant, go to the concierge and tell them what you're looking for in a meal and see if s/he can help you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qqemokitty View Post
    Fun Fact: Chipotle's Carnitas are not fried in soybean oil! (They aren't fried at all, braised only: Pork, Lard, Bay Leaf, Salt, Black Pepper, Thyme, Juniper Berries) And they are pretty good, though not crispy as I prefer. Chipotle was a fave fast food stop for me while I had classes and didn't have a good way to grab dinner.

    lettuce, double helping carnitas, huge helping of their "mild salsa" (tomato heavy pico de gallo basically) and omfg so good. :x
    According to their website, *all* of their meats contain soy:
    Chipotle: Special Diet Information


    I learned this the hard way. I got very sick the next day after eating Chipotle. Turns out the only thing I ate that *didn't* have soy was the cheese and lettuce in my salad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathleen View Post
    According to their website, *all* of their meats contain soy:
    Chipotle: Special Diet Information


    I learned this the hard way. I got very sick the next day after eating Chipotle. Turns out the only thing I ate that *didn't* have soy was the cheese and lettuce in my salad.
    Also according to their website, their carnitas do not. :P I also asked them to make sure, when I first heard about it. Thats where I pulled the ingredients list from, and I can confirm from frequent eating that their carnitas are not fried. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathleen View Post
    According to their website, *all* of their meats contain soy:
    Chipotle: Special Diet Information


    I learned this the hard way. I got very sick the next day after eating Chipotle. Turns out the only thing I ate that *didn't* have soy was the cheese and lettuce in my salad.
    Their grill is coated in soybean oil to prevent sticking, so anything grilled will contain soy.

    The pork carnitas are not grilled. They are soy free as stated.

    You can go there and eat a rice bowl with carnitas, cheese, sour cream, lettuce and their fresh and hot salsas and remain in compliance if rice is okay. I'd get the rice for sure. Everything else is pretty much contaminated with soy, though.
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    When I was in Aruba, every morning I made eggs in the microwave and some bacon in the microwave. I bought the stuff at a corner store along with some local cheese. Super easy. Just scramble the eggs and cook them for a minute or two. Crumble in bacon and some cheese. Done.

    Then eat at the mexican joint. Guac, meat, salsa. Splurge, have a margarita.

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    By the way, some of the BEST restaurants are in the middle of nowhere. The biggest suck is when the only option is fast food. But the local diner can feed you real bacon and eggs cooked in butter. Or you might find yourself in tiny Boulder Utah where you can get a grass fed steak from the ranch next door with organic veggies. Yeah, you might do a lot of "20%". But it beats eating nuts and beef jerky for a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChocoTaco369 View Post
    Their grill is coated in soybean oil to prevent sticking, so anything grilled will contain soy.

    The pork carnitas are not grilled. They are soy free as stated.

    You can go there and eat a rice bowl with carnitas, cheese, sour cream, lettuce and their fresh and hot salsas and remain in compliance if rice is okay. I'd get the rice for sure. Everything else is pretty much contaminated with soy, though.
    It says their rice contains soy.

    I'm not disagreeing with you guys, but as someone with a bad soy allergy, I will not risk patronizing there.
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    Oh wow they put soybean oil in their rice? Ughh. Why? That's just an unnecessary expense!
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