It is not easy to stick to a paleo or primal way of eating while on vacation. Fortunately, my parents are game to eat whatever I cook, so that is a plus. That being said, there have been a few times that eating out was unavoidable, which presents its own challenges. Out of the six vacation meals we have had so far, three of them have been strictly compliant. I guess 50% isn’t terrible for being away from all of my supplies and snacks…but I definitely notice the fatigue and headaches from the non-compliant food.
If you’ve never eaten a paleo or primal diet for longer than a week (with no cheats), you likely don’t know about the headaches. This is one of the things that let me know exactly how bad grains and sugars are for us. Once you eat something like bread or a cookie, you can just expect to have a weird version of a hangover for the next 12-24 hours. And trust me when I say it comes on within minutes of eating. It kinda ruins the lovely taste of whatever you just ate. Oh well.
Apparently what I need to get better at is travel-food. I’ve mastered the art of airplane snacks (read: make and bring your own). It’s the extended daily foods that trip me up. It doesn’t help that there is only one grocery store where my parents live and apparently their produce prices are terrible. Seriously…I don’t understand how in Texas, we can get lemons (grown in Florida) for 3-5 for $1 and in Florida…they can pay almost $1 a piece. There is something wrong with that picture.