Friday, January 6, 2017

GIVEAWAY! Traveling Tips While on the Whole 30


GIVEAWAY!
AT THE END OF THIS POST I WILL OUTLINE INSTRUCTIONS ON ENTERING THE DRAWING FOR THE ITEMS IN THE PHOTO BELOW, ALL OF WHICH ARE WHOLE30 COMPLIANT AND I WILL SHIP DIRECTLY TO YOUR FRONT DOOR




Several years ago when I began my paleo, Whole30 journey, I was a stay at home mom living on a tropical island half way around the world.  It was so simple at that time to cook all my meals from scratch, take a cooler bag with me everywhere I went to stay on track, plus it helped having extra healthy food for my toddlers and my husband who needs to be constantly fed snacks just like a toddler because he has the metabolism of a hummingbird. So that's just what I did.  I would make extra of every dinner and then take some with me if we left the house the next day.

And then I came back to this side of the world and got a job.  A job that requires me to travel out of state monthly, often in my car for hours at a time and in hotels for a week at a time.  It's been an adjustment learning to stick to the plan when attempting to do a Whole30 and travel.  And I'm not going to lie, I failed several times last year, but as I heard someone so eloquently say recently, I kept failing FORWARD.  I've done it quite a bit while traveling now and I can pretty much walk into any airport, grocery store or gas station and find compliant food with a little careful looking and sometimes a lot of label reading and mutters of "WHAT THE HECK?! WHY DID THEY HAVE TO ADD SUGAR TO THAT?!"  Because, Dude, that stuff is in ERRYTHANG.  It's like my dog's hair, but worse.

So I'm going to outline for you my tips and what I have learned along the way for rocking this reset while on the road! And then I'm going to take you on a little impromptu grocery shopping trip to see what we can find spur of the moment.


  • HAVE A PLAN: this is not only your key to completing a successful Whole30, but it is ESSENTIAL to not falling "headfirst into a box of donuts" because you came unprepared.
  • In the last year I began booking my own hotels, because apparently I'm high-maintenance.  But seriously, I like rooms that have a fridge, microwave and HOPEFULLY (if I can find one in the town I'm working in) a kitchenette with a stove top.  I also make sure the hotel has a gym with free weights, because aint nobody got time for a broken treadmill from 1975 and peeling wallpaper (I'm talking to YOU Candlewood Suites outside Atlanta).
  • IF I'M DRIVING: I take a large rolling cooler in my car filled with compliant food that I have cooked ahead of time. (this is ideal but doesn't always work.)
  • IF I'M FLYING: I pack some compliant things in my carry on (Meat sticks, nuts, apple, cut up veggies and guac) to tide me over until we land and I can get dinner or get to a grocery store.
  • AS SOON AS I LAND: I head to my hotel and find a grocery store on the way.  My favorite is Aldi's because it's cheap and they have a ton of compliant food there. Sometimes if I'm in a  big city, I'll do Whole Foods to see what's new and what the cool kids are into these days.  (hint: last time I checked it was six dollar bottles of water and hipster soaps that smell AMAZING) After I leave there I have to take a second mortgage on the house to pay for what I spent. KIDDING...kind of. 
  • IF THE ROOM HAS A KITCHENETTE: I buy chicken breasts, spring mix, vegan pesto, zucchinis, grape tomatoes and avocado(and I usually sit on my rear end all day when working so I typically lay off the carbs).  I make a yummy one skillet meal that I eat all week.
  • SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND: No really, I'm very attached to this cooler.  It's served me very well. In my suitcase I pack the items in the photo below.  A foldable cooler bag, a sharp lil knife and a cutting board. I pack my lunch and take it with me.  Sometimes I have to work through lunch, and sometimes I can sneak a few bites here and there. 

THE MEAL TEMPLATE!
DUN DUN DUN!
Don't ever let anybody talk smack about paleo or Whole30, look at the photo below.  This is a plant BASED diet!  The meal template was created very specifically with certain macro nutrient ratios in mind to keep you full and healthy.  It's very important to stick to the template whenever possible.  No, you don't count calories or measure your food, but you learn to get a feel for what your plate should be comprised of.  Snacking isn't recommended, with the exception of working out and breastfeeding, but sometimes you just need a snack for the love!  So...when that happens, try to remember this:
COMPRISE YOUR SNACK OF AT LEAST TWO OF THE THREE MAIN FOOD GROUPS IN THE TEMPLATE. IT SHOULD LOOK LIKE A MINI-MEAL.
I promise, once you do it a few times, it's not that hard!
Now, let's go grocery shopping!  I picked a random grocery store about 30 minutes from my house and walked in with my camera to see what I could find for you guys!  Here's what I came up with (and I didn't even get through the whole store!)


First I went to the produce section and found:
AVOCADOS
TESSAME'S SALAD DRESSING AND MARINADE (read the labels, not all of them are Whole30 compliant)
GUACAMOLE PACKETS...because...AVOCADOS
FRUIT SQUIRTS (I used these while marathon training and paleo...AWESOME!)
PRE CUT VEGGIES...ANY VEGGIES!
RAW, LOCAL PECANS
ANY FRUIT 

Next, I moved to the deli/prepared foods area.  This one is always tricky because you have to read EVERY LABEL...but I found some goodies!
OLIVES
PROSCUITTO
SMOKED SALMON
COOKED SHRIMP
APPLEGATE HOT DOGS
AIDELS CHICKEN AND APPLE SAUSAGE

Then I went to the "health food" aisle ( if this is health food what is the rest of the food.....HMMMM)
I found:
DRIED FRUIT
KOMBUCHA (In my favorite flavor from this brand) NOTE: READ THE INGREDIENTS IN ALL YOUR KOMBUCHA, IT SHOULD NOT SAY SUGAR.
WILD PLANET TUNA (One of the other main tuna brands had ONE compliant tuna pack, the rest had soy and sugar)
LARABARS (Be VERY careful with stuff like this because for many people, this is like waving a red flag in front of your sugar dragon) and remember they are to be reserved for emergencies and paired with other food groups if at all possible.  
EPIC BARS
PRESSED BAR by Kind

And lastly, a few more health food aisle picks:
WILD PLANET CHICKEN BREAST
JUSTINS ALMOND BUTTER (make sure it's not the one with sugar)
ANCHOVIES....UMMMM, gross, but I'm sure someone out there LOVES them
OLIVE PACKS...I prefer green, but they weren't compliant, so kalamata it is!
LA CROIX! Sweet nectar of the whole30 gods, I could drink every flavor! This stuff has saved me from many a Mommy Wants Wine meltdown during Kill all The Things.
ALMONDS

So you see, YOU CAN DO THIS!  take a deep breath, eat a mini meal (because you aren't supposed to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach) and get started!  Basically, just imagine yourself as your own testy toddler that you need to keep food on hand for at all times...just so ya know...you don't throw a temper tantrum at your afternoon meeting because everyone else is having bagels and lattes and YOU WANT ONE BUT WAAAAAAH YOU CAN'T.  Nobody needs to see that, AND it's totally avoidable with the proper planning!

I'm leaving for a two week trip soon and will update my instagram or blog daily with what I find! 

NOW ABOUT THAT GIVEAWAY!
HOW TO ENTER: "LIKE"OR COMMENT ON FB OR COMMENT HERE FOR ONE ENTRY.  EVERY PERSON THAT "SHARES" THE LINK ON THEIR PAGE WILL GET AN ADDITIONAL ENTRY.

WINNER: I WILL CLOSE THE ENTRIES SUNDAY EVENING AT 9 AND SELECT ONE WINNER VIA RANDOM.ORG .  I WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER MONDAY MORNING ON MY BLOG AND FACEBOOK!

GOOD LUCK!



25 comments:

Brittany Schoonover said...

Love this article! I'm going to have to drive 45-60 minutes to try and get some good deals on better foods!

Courtney Main-Levin said...

Love it!! I know how hard traveling on a whole30 can be. GREAT tips!!!

Amber said...

Holy smokes. This blog entry is the answer to my biggest problem point as of late. Though I don't travel far on this tiny island of Guam, I am an entrepreneur running here, there and everywhere and find myself skipping lunch if I don't stop at the grocery store. It's so nice to see how doable this is (beyond my car-bound bag of nuts)... thanks!

Lora Crumrine said...

We tried the Aidells Chicken & Apple a few weeks ago. We thought they were really good. There are several thing on you list I haven't tried. I am on a mission to find Epic. Thanks!

Michelle Reynolds said...

This is great! I'm going to Dani in a few weeks and am worried about traveling! Have to plan early!!!

Carla Odaniel said...

This helps with my crazy work schedule during the week. I don't travel but close enough.

Lindsey Weed said...

Thank you for sharing your journey and some tips and tricks for traveling. These will definitely come in handy. Tonight my family is going out to dinner and my dad says let's go to Pizzaz, the local pizza place. I may have just thrown a mini tantrum and now we are going to a restaurant that has compliant food. Whoops, you live and you learn.

Kirsty said...

Amazing information

Anonymous said...

So helpful!!!!

Michelle Judson said...

Loved your post! I've not been to an ALDI, but one recently opened here so I'm gonna try it. Like you, I've been picking up things and reading labels more and can't believe how much sugar is in meat....who'd of thunk it! Thanks for posting the pictures--worth a thousand words for visual learners!!

Shari Turpen said...

I am new to Whole 30 and still have a lot to learn, so this was very helpful.

Thanks for the giveaway, regardless of who wins! That is very generous of you!

Kristen Fulcher said...

Traveling next weekend and I've been worried about it- thank you for all the tips!

Kristen Holton said...

I'm going to try to do whole 30 for the first time on Monday, I'm VERY nervous but also VERY excited! I need a change in my life, all of the processed crap I eat is making me feel terrible. I am 33 a wife and mother of 3 Little's, they deserve for me to be the best me I can be!!

This article will be super helpful, thank you so min for sharing! Oh and I'm nursing so I was worried about that a little because I ALWAYS hungry but as long as I'm eating healthy snacks it should all still work!!!

Valerie Mccauley said...

These are great ideas! Always nice to have portable Whole30 foods.

outdoorchica said...

Thanks for the tips :) Excited for the giveaway!

Amersmith said...

Thank you for the tips!

Abby Marlow said...

Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

This is very helpful, thank you!

Adrienne Tomazewski said...

Thanks for the awesome ideas. Starting Monday with my husband.

WSpence said...

Love all of these ideas!!! Thanks:)

Julie Kaiser said...

Great motivation for a weekly traveler like me. Monday: Kansas City. The following week: Baltimore. Etc....

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Mira said...

Thank you for this!! So helpful. Started yesterday and made the slip up of having a snack that was more a craving than hunger...hoping day 2 is more successful! Also found out canned tuna contains soy :(((

vicki said...

These tips are awesome. I am on R2/D7. It can be so simple and doesn't have to be hard. Thanks for all your help!