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Oaklandish1

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I’m on R1Day20 and I am freaking out. About to board a flight to New York from Oakland for 5 days... I was able to pack a small sack dinner, but planned to get lunch at the airport. Sadly the only food option had too long of a line for me to wait in without missing my flight.

this doesn’t bode well for a successful week... I only have a refrigerator in my room although there is a very good restaurant there with room service for breakfast, and they’ve accommodated some of my allergies in the past. We have a couple of dinner places scoped out but lunches are where I’m worried I will struggle the most. And I rarely eat so often when I travel; even with following the Whole30 meal plans, (I do not snack), if I don’t have food every 4 hours I get super hangry fast. 

Im so worried I’m going to get fed up with the constant inquiries, negotiations and questions at every meal... or have to settle for something non-compliant all of a sudden, because I can’t make it another minute without some kind of food in my body. I’m extremely introverted and nervous with strangers so I’m having a lot of anxiety over this. Please help me with suggestions of easy dishes that won’t require a Spanish Inquisition before every meal. We are normally limited to  French, steakhouse, seafood, Italian, Japanese and farm-to-table type places because I’m allergic to capsaicin and can’t eat any spicy-ethnic type foods. 

Your reassurance and moral support will be invaluable this week :unsure:

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Steakhouses and seafood places are likely to be able to accommodate you pretty easily. If you know where you'll be going for a meal later, you could check online and see if they list allergens, or call ahead at a non-busy time to ask questions so you know exactly what to order once you get there. In general, look for meat or fish that's grilled, ask if they have an option that hasn't been marinated, if they can season with salt and pepper only (or ask about the seasonings they use), and if they'll either dry grill or cook with olive oil.  Be sure to specify no butter.

Vegetables may be limited, but most places will have salad and baked potatoes. You'd either need to do oil and vinegar or lemon juice on your salad, or get to a store and find a compliant dressing to carry with you. For a baked potato, you could ask for some olive oil to go on it so it wouldn't be dry, or again, if you can get to a store, pick up some ghee to carry with you.

If you do get to a store, look for compliant jerky or Epic type meat bars, packs of almonds or other nuts, vegetables like baby carrots and snap peas that you could eat raw and that would hold up reasonably well for several hours at room temperature, packets of compliant almond butter, packets of olives. This way if you go out and there's not something you can eat, or if you are late getting to a meal, you can have some options with you to get you through. 

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Hi @Oaklandish1!

I actually did a quick search on the NYC topic (where you'd responded about your trip) earlier today... I didn't go into a ton of detail, and of course NYC is huge and I'm not sure what's near you and what's not (I've spent about 45 minutes in NYC total during my lifetime, and that was back in 1993!), but it's something to work from and hopefully it'll help.

There does seem to be some pretty good options in the area, at least. Good luck!

 

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Definitely try to get to a nearby store if you can to stock up on some essentials to get you through. That will really help! Even being able to eat a little before you go out to your meals  can be helpful so you're not hangry and feeling deprived! It can definitely be challenging to Whole30 while you travel, but also very doable with some preparation and thinking ahead. I am known for carrying around compliant dressings in my purse for situations where there isn't something compliant! Protein, veggies, fat. You can do this!!

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Yes! Find a store. Get premade hard boiled eggs for lunch. Cut up veggie trays are also good options (just ditch the dressing). A lot of places have premade guac to dip those veggies in. I find that premade guac can even last a few hours out of the fridge (likely a very high lime content plus airtight packaging).

I also feel like a lot of burger places can make you something compliant. I would be careful with the big chains, but I am sure there are others. Lettuce wrapped, add avocado. Some even have fancy toppings to add that can be complaint.

One of my Whole30s I did almost exclusively traveling. I had a Whole Foods nearby and ate a lot from their hot/salad bar. Tons of things were complaint and everything had a sign with all of the ingredients listed so you don't even have to talk to someone if you do not want to!

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Hallelujah There is a Sweetgreen next to the hotel! *I love the guacamole idea but... all the premade guacamole I’ve ever seen has jalapeño or other spicy ingredient which I’m allergic to.

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14 hours ago, Erinj said:

Definitely try to get to a nearby store if you can to stock up on some essentials to get you through. That will really help! Even being able to eat a little before you go out to your meals  can be helpful so you're not hangry and feeling deprived! It can definitely be challenging to Whole30 while you travel, but also very doable with some preparation and thinking ahead. I am known for carrying around compliant dressings in my purse for situations where there isn't something compliant! Protein, veggies, fat. You can do this!!

Where do you find purse-friendly salad dressings? I’m actually okay with olive oil and salt only, but have yet to find single-serving packets or bottles of oil. (I leave the hotel at 9 am and not returning until 5 or 6 pm so I need shelf-stable options if possible)

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16 hours ago, Jihanna said:

Hi @Oaklandish1!

I actually did a quick search on the NYC topic (where you'd responded about your trip) earlier today... I didn't go into a ton of detail, and of course NYC is huge and I'm not sure what's near you and what's not (I've spent about 45 minutes in NYC total during my lifetime, and that was back in 1993!), but it's something to work from and hopefully it'll help.

There does seem to be some pretty good options in the area, at least. Good luck!

 

Sadly, That woman’s blog has expired so the info is gone. 

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1 minute ago, Oaklandish1 said:

Where do you find purse-friendly salad dressings? I’m actually okay with olive oil and salt only, but have yet to find single-serving packets or bottles of oil. (I leave the hotel at 9 am and not returning until 5 or 6 pm so I need shelf-stable options if possible)

I think you'll find that purse-friendly compliant dressings are usually purse-friendly bottles that used to have something else but now contain whatever we've tossed into them. Ironically, the little syrup bottles they give you for take-out meals from Cracker Barrel work really well for most of my homemade dressings... :D 

And I realize that the blog the original poster did has expired, but I did link a few things further down in the topic (my own post) which might help... at least, hopefully :) It's definitely sad that the work she did isn't accessible now, though.

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Tessemae's brand does some packets of dressing, but you'd probably have to order online, so that's more something to remember for future trips.

Wholly Guacamole brand makes some options that are just avocado, or avocado and salt, which you might find in the produce section or possibly frozen in a grocery store. They have a store finder on their web page:  https://www.eatwholly.com/products/chunky-avocado/wholly-chunky-avocado-minis/

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4 hours ago, Oaklandish1 said:

Where do you find purse-friendly salad dressings? I’m actually okay with olive oil and salt only, but have yet to find single-serving packets or bottles of oil. (I leave the hotel at 9 am and not returning until 5 or 6 pm so I need shelf-stable options if possible)

I do order my "purse ranch":) through Tessamae's or their packets of dressings through Amazon, so for this trip that might be too hard, but for the future:) Like you, I am also OK with just olive oil and salt most of the time, and I think that's what will also be important to remember on this trip.........let good enough be good enough:) Stay compliant, but don't stress over it too much. If you have an Rx bar and a meat stick for breakfast one day (which is not ideal we know) let that be OK for that day, and try to add more veggies when you are eating somewhere where you can! Just stay compliant, you got this. Is there a Chipotle near you? They have an awesome Whole30 bowl!!!

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17 hours ago, Erinj said:

I do order my "purse ranch":) through Tessamae's or their packets of dressings through Amazon, so for this trip that might be too hard, but for the future:) Like you, I am also OK with just olive oil and salt most of the time, and I think that's what will also be important to remember on this trip.........let good enough be good enough:) Stay compliant, but don't stress over it too much. If you have an Rx bar and a meat stick for breakfast one day (which is not ideal we know) let that be OK for that day, and try to add more veggies when you are eating somewhere where you can! Just stay compliant, you got this. Is there a Chipotle near you? They have an awesome Whole30 bowl!!!

Thanks! Well, breakfast of pre-cooked hard-boiled eggs, sugar snap peas and almonds made me almost barf but I choked it down anyway. Tomorrow I may not eat at all that was just so gross and started my morning in a really bad mood. I cannot believe I’m still subjecting myself to this on vacation 

No Chipotle for me, because they use chipotle peppers in all of the food, which I am allergic to B)

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42 minutes ago, Oaklandish1 said:

Thanks! Well, breakfast of pre-cooked hard-boiled eggs, sugar snap peas and almonds made me almost barf but I choked it down anyway. Tomorrow I may not eat at all that was just so gross and started my morning in a really bad mood. I cannot believe I’m still subjecting myself to this on vacation 

No Chipotle for me, because they use chipotle peppers in all of the food, which I am allergic to B)

I know it is a little weird, but I like to put mustard on my hard boiled eggs. It helps to mix things up.

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4 hours ago, Aliem999 said:

I know it is a little weird, but I like to put mustard on my hard boiled eggs. It helps to mix things up.

That sounds tasty!

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I’ve made  it home and it was a huge stress/nightmare. Spend a lot of time eating things I don’t like because some restaurants are just jerks. My boyfriend is sick of hearing about Whole30. Thank god only 5 days left because I am so over this... also I now have poo problems  because I quit my fiber supplements on w30 

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I would totally go back to the supplements, if needed, to correct issues like that... though thankfully my system tends to stay regular as long as I don't forget (or skip) my morning coffee.

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Yeah I wanted to place my faith in the process and see if new eating habits would fix it but no dice. I had a colonoscopy last fall for some back and forth irregularity, I don’t want to get too much into TMI... but it came up good so the doctor suspects I have a lazy colon/sphincter and there’s not much they could do except recommend fiber supplements, especially since my diet was already adequate in cruciferous veggies and greens

Its so so nice to be home with my kitchen and control over my schedule and food options.  I know that’s a little bit of a crutch and I’m supposed to be good at traveling and eating out on whole 30… But I guess I’m just not ready 

 

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6 minutes ago, Oaklandish1 said:

I’m supposed to be good at traveling and eating out on whole 30

 Eating out on a whole30 is hard, and nobody is good at it the first time. Lots of us who have done multiple whole30s still try to plan doing a strict one at a time when we don't have travel and dining out to contend with. You managed, and that is great, and you should celebrate it. 

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3 hours ago, Oaklandish1 said:

I know that’s a little bit of a crutch and I’m supposed to be good at traveling and eating out on whole 30… But I guess I’m just not ready 

I'm totally going to echo Shannon here. Eating out is HARD, especially if it's not a place that already kind of caters to dietary needs. Even the ones that offer Paleo options aren't always going to have something that works well for Whole30. No amount of doing this at home will be adequate preparation for doing it in a restaurant or while traveling, you just kind of have to do it (if necessary) and learn what works for you. Take the whole experience as a win!

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I'm sorry for the struggles you had. I absolutely, 100% do not eat out on Whole except for an occasional Chipotle bowl. The thought of asking all the questions you have to ask to know something is compliant is way, way too overwhelming and stressful for me. When I travel, I do not eat Whole30. I make smart food choices. And I'm fortunate enough that reintroductions have shown me that I don't have any significant food sensitivities. But I don't even try to eat Whole30 on the road. And I would never do one when I had to be on the road (except camping, which keeps me in control of my food). It's just too much. 

I share this because I hope you don't judge Whole30 on the experience of a traveling Whole30. It's so much harder. It's likely you inadvertently ate something you shouldn't have, which means you aren't realizing the full benefits of the program. And it's just plain stressful.  So yeah, I hope you give it a little more time and a chance for it to be less stressful for you! 

Anyway, regardless of how you move forward, you have LOTS to be proud of we wish you the very best! 

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@Oaklandish1 -- Eating out does take a good bit of practice. Not to mention, it isn't always as satisfying since we have so many limitations while on Whole30.  Any progress you were able to make is commendable progress and I don't think you should discount that.  It's all about the small steps and small victories in my book :) 

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