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On the road, fast food alternatives??
« on: April 28, 2016, 05:26:37 PM »
I spend 50% of my time on the road each month and am just getting started on Paleo...  I am looking to you, the experienced, to guide me through a couple of fast food choices that can be quick finds and true to the plan.  I have used travel in the past as an excuse not to follow a diet, but at this point I have to change!!  Your help is greatly appreciated!!

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Re: On the road, fast food alternatives??
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2016, 12:30:35 PM »
I'm not above Wendy's bacon burgers.  I order them plain with no cheese and I throw out the buns.  Sometimes I put mustard on them, and salt of course.

Training yourself to throw out the buns is key.  Get those plastic knives and forks instead.  If you have any fat to lose, you can skip the bacon and get any fast food burger, plain, and throw out the buns.


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Re: On the road, fast food alternatives??
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2016, 03:49:12 PM »
This week's trip started well...  I walked a mile from the hotel to load up on fruits and veggies for snacks and water for the room and then the hike back with some curls along the way...  Nice sweat and a nice pick up....  Out tonight to find a nice piece of salmon.   We will see what the Padres have for cavemen tomorrow night.

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Re: On the road, fast food alternatives??
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2016, 09:08:55 PM »
Nice!

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Re: On the road, fast food alternatives??
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2016, 11:24:55 PM »
Try these:
Taco Bell
Dunkin' Donuts
Subway


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Re: On the road, fast food alternatives??
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2016, 01:04:12 AM »
This week's trip started well...  I walked a mile from the hotel to load up on fruits and veggies for snacks and water for the room and then the hike back with some curls along the way...  Nice sweat and a nice pick up....  Out tonight to find a nice piece of salmon.   We will see what the Padres have for cavemen tomorrow night.

Target205, i am new here, but i wanted to ask how is your trip going  :) That was one of my main challenges on low carb, what to eat away from home and especially abroad. (For decade+ me too, i spent more time on the go for work, than at home.) Fruit option on Paleo seems great, also the possibility to grab something at the fats food without completely falling off the wagon  :)

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Re: On the road, fast food alternatives??
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2016, 04:36:28 PM »
It is a great advantage if you can shop at some kind of supermarket rather than a restaurant. Then you can get fruits, some veggies and maybe some kind of premade meal?

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Re: On the road, fast food alternatives??
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2016, 08:10:13 AM »
You didn't say which geographical area you usually travel, or by what means, so it's hard to give you any specifics.

I travel a LOT, but mostly in my personal vehicle, or on a train (I work for a railroad) and that allows me to take pre-prepared food along with me. When driving I often travel with up to six days worth of food, kept in a Coleman PowerChill cooler powered by a 12v outlet in my truck. Mine is similar to this one: http://www.coleman.com/40-quart-powerchill-hotcold-thermoelectric-cooler/3000001495.html

If doing something like that is an option for you, I can give you some ideas for meals you can prepare ahead of time and heat up on the road.

If fast food is your only option, my go-to place is Carl's Jr. as you can order any sandwich wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. Hardee's may do the same. Just ask for "low carb style" and hold the condiments. In the western U.S., you can get a "protein style" burger at In-N-Out, although I personally don't care for their food. Still, if that's all that is around, it can be a Paleo option.

As another poster mentioned, supermarkets can be your friend. I often go to the hot deli and pick up a roasted chicken and make that my meal (or two). You can often combine that with a salad to round it out.

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Re: On the road, fast food alternatives??
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2016, 07:29:10 PM »
I am a business traveler and I travel 75% to 100% of the month. I don't usually get drive thru fast food, but I have a couple of techniques to keep me beholden to my paleo principles:

1. Get food from the hot bar at a health food store. Most of the cities that I travel to have a Whole Foods or Fresh Market and I frequent the hot bar often
2. Stay in a hotel with a mini kitchen (e.g. Homewood Suites or Residence Inn) and prep small meals myself
3. Go to Chipotle and get chicken, fajitas and the guacamole. Chipotle released their guac recipe a while back and it's actually paleo compliant.
4. Find local cafes and juice bars
5. Some cities that I travel to(if I travel there often) I will find a local chef to prep meals for me. With the per diem from the company it doesn't cost me any personal funds.

I know these are not quick fixes, but they work well for me. Good luke

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Re: On the road, fast food alternatives??
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2016, 06:41:14 AM »
cavemangray has some good tips there.  Being on travel a lot you have to be efficient like he is with some planning for sure.

Welcome to the site!

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Re: On the road, fast food alternatives??
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2016, 12:40:58 PM »
Order the In N' Out Animal Style burger if you're driving through California or Texas.

Here's how I do it:
Double Meat
Grilled onions
Chopped chillies
Extra tomatoes
Protein Style (they wrap it in lettuce)

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Re: On the road, fast food alternatives??
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2016, 08:17:50 AM »
EXTREME EMERGENCY; DON'T KNOW AREA and/or ON A TURNPIKE: Most fast food burger places can provide you with a lettuce wrapped burger without the cheese and mayo. Chic Fil A has nice salads with chicken- just skip the dressing and check any add ons they put in with it. Subway salads are fairly good.

KNOW THE AREA: A grocery with a hot bar is your best friend. Even those without hot bars usually have cooked whole roasted chickens hot and waiting. You can walk in there and get a couple of apples, an avocado, chicken and some greens and you have a feast.  (I like Whole Foods (aka Whole Paycheck, lol), Harris Teeter, Trader Joes, Meier, Hegman's, Publix)

RESTAURANTS: Steak houses are usually good (caution; most though use grain fed beef), Chipotle, Moe's, Ted's Montana Grill, Mexican (get Fajitas), Outback, Sushi (get sashimi and seaweed salad

the real key when traveling is to overcome the "well, I'm going through a long day- I deserve to spulge on this or that food; or , Hey I'm on vacation, or it's a holiday, as well as not being shy with co-travelers who may not be health conscious like you

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Re: On the road, fast food alternatives??
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2016, 06:13:47 PM »
Order the In N' Out Animal Style burger if you're driving through California or Texas.

Here's how I do it:
Double Meat
Grilled onions
Chopped chillies
Extra tomatoes
Protein Style (they wrap it in lettuce)

Wasn't a good idea reading this before bedtime. Carving is real :D