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If you do Paleo right, you won't have the urge to snack between meals very often. The key is to limit carbs and eat plenty of good fats. No need to count carbs or calories.
Atkins permits all sorts of garbage that is non-Paleo, including artificial sweeteners and dairy. There are a LOT of "Atkins-friendly" processed foods as well. No so with Paleo. As Warren said, Atkins is a "diet" while Paleo is a way of eating (WOE) for life, or a lifestyle, if you prefer. Once you realize some of the benefits of Paleo, it's hard to consider anything else, or going back to a SAD.
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.
Focus on what you can eat, not on what you can't.
Eat meat with fat, preferably pastured meat, but it's not a necessity. Eat eggs, again, pastured if possible. Eat fruits and vegetables except those that are not actually vegetables (i.e. corn) and those that are simply a product of agriculture and did not grow in nature at one time in sufficient quantities to be used as food. Most anything that CAN be eaten raw, but doesn't necessarily HAVE to be eaten raw, is Paleo. Avoid "recipes".
Isn't Almond and Coconut Flour on the accepted list?
You have to base your intake of these things on how it would have been done in the Paleolithic. Nobody then would have expended the energy to shell a pound of almonds then grind them into flour. The calories burned to do this would exceed the calories taken in. Same with coconuts. Labor (thus energy) intensive.
If you want to eat almonds, buy them in the shell and open them yourself (preferably with a rock) then figure out how many you end up eating in a sitting. However much flour that many nuts would make is the most you should eat at one time. Just because almond flour is "on the list" doesn't mean you can gulp it down with impunity. Same for coconut flour. Keep it real.
You have made an impressive list of why NOT to go Paleo but few reasons why to make this lifestyle change. That is the wrong way to approach ANY lifestyle change. This isn't a diet, it's a way of life (commonly referred to as a way of eating or "WOE"). You will fail with your present attitude towards it.
Eat to live or live to eat. It's a choice only you can make.
« on: October 18, 2015, 06:55:39 AM »
This popped up in my news feed this morning and after reading it I decided it was woefully inconclusive. The study was done on tribes in Tanzania and Namibia, Africa and in Bolivia, which are all near the equator. Logic tells me that the farther one gets from the equator, especially as the seasons change, natural sleep patterns will change as well. Still, it's probably accurate that deep sleep is more important than the amount of sleep. But I suspect there is much more to this story than the study suggests.
I've found that "recipes" in general take too much time to prepare. I quit my "love affair" with food, and the incessant need for variety, and life is much easier and time-efficient.
For breakfast, I make some kind of simple meat (bacon, sausage, pork chop, whatever) and a few eggs, all in the same skillet. Sometimes I add a piece of fruit.
For lunch and dinner, some meat/fish and a veggie. I often saute the veggie (usually leafy greens) in the fat left from the meat in the same skillet. Simple. Easy meals, little clean up. Very little time spent. I often cook extra at the same time for another meal, such as lunch the following day.
Sometimes I grill but not much more variety than that. If you can get over the SAD tradition of endless variety, cooking and shopping becomes much easier, cheaper, and more efficient.
I did post one recipe for honey-balsamic glazed salmon many moons ago.
For the most part though, I don't use recipes. I just look at what I have on hand, and make something up. The key is to always have some oil, some acid, salt, flavor (herbs/spices), and sometimes a little something sweet. The idea is to make some version of what is basically a vinaigrette.
Some ingredients I typically use (not all at the same time) are citrus juice, wine, vinegar (sometimes balsamic in small amounts), oil (olive, avocado, or macadamia), salt, brewed coffee (yes, you read that right), ground pepper, rosemary, thyme, garlic, onion, herbs de Provence (which is a mixture of common herbs plus lavender and is great on fish), and honey if I want some sweet and I'm not getting any from citrus or balsamic. I will also use a little liquid smoke in some marinades if I intend to grill the meat and want a bold smoky flavor that is difficult to achieve on a gas grill. All of this usually gets watered down as well.
A good chimichurri is another paleo-friendly alternative.
The beautiful thing about marinades as opposed to sauces is that a marinade will impart nice flavors into the food but most of it goes down the drain and not in your stomach. While I go to great lengths to avoid certain highly offensive, non-paleo things like soy and corn syrup, I don't worry too much about things like vinegar, wine or brewed coffee in marinades. Very little of it is consumed and what you do eat is fairly inert on a paleo diet.