We are heading on vacation this week for ten days! It’s a much needed break to sunny Florida away from all the cold and snow we’ve been getting here. I’ve got spring fever BAD! Having Hashimoto’s means I get cold really easily, then can’t warm up. Winter can be a royal pain in my butt!! Let’s not even talk about adrenals and stress.
Being newly paleo I spent the first few weeks of planning this trip a little concerned about what I was going to eat. We are starting our trip at Disney World for 5 days then switching hotels to chill for 5 days. I’ve discovered through lots of reading that Disney is extremely accommodating to people with food allergies/intolerances. While I haven’t been diagnosed yet with any allergies or intolerances, I recently had gluten after 2 months without and had a bad reaction to it. So, I’m avoiding it at all costs now that I’ve ingested some for my tests. Regardless of testing, I am making conscious choices to eat the most nutritious food I can, which is the Paleo template.
Eating Paleo at Disney may be a little easier than some other vacation spots simply because they feed hundreds of thousands of people daily that have so many allergies. With that being said, Disney dining is expensive!! I don’t want to spend a small fortune just to eat. My solution was to pack an entire suitcase of food for the trip. I’m also packing for my whole family. The hubs doesn’t eat strict paleo so he’ll probably only eat a few of the things I pack. My girls, especially my oldest, have quickly learned that healthy food just makes them feel better. Which means they’ll be happy to have the food we bring.
I don’t plan on making any full meals while there because we don’t have a room with a kitchenette. What I packed is meant to be snacks, and fillers for meals. For instance if I get a bunless burger I could eat a squirt fruit pouch with it instead of fries.
I realize some of these foods could be upgraded to a higher quality but most of those need to be purchased online and I’m not a big online shopper. Everything I packed I purchased locally.
Squirt pouches are some of my girls favorite things. They’re so convenient and its fruit and vegetables! What’s not to love?! I buy organic when I can but this is what the store had in stock.
Freeze dried fruit. That’s the only ingredients in these and they’re organic/non GMO. Lightweight too so lugging these around is no problem at all.
Dried apples rings, apricots and mango chips. this brand is great too since they’re all organic and nothing is added. Just fruit. Olives make a great snack and these are really good. One packet is exactly enough for me.
Salmon pouches are so convenient! Almost any quick service restaurant serves salads which could easily be topped with this packet of salmon. Some side salads are huge, throw this on there and it’s a meal that’s half the cost of a dinner salad. I could also just tear it open and eat it with a fork. These jerky sticks are so delicious and grassfed beef and free range turkey. My older daughter loves jerky and so do I. We go through a lot of these from our local health food store.
Macadamia nuts are higher in omega 3’s than most nuts and taste like butter. My girls beg me to buy these. The pistachio nuts are the perfect size for one person. Larabar makes these super tasty granola pouches called Renola. They’re really delicious and can be eaten alone, on yogurt or even as a cereal with any kind of milk. My girls get high quality raw and/or grass-fed dairy so they love these for lunches with yogurt.
Who doesn’t love Larabars?! It is the only kind of bars we buy that I can purchase locally. I realize it’s easy to make my own and I have, but being able to just grab these makes life so much easier sometimes.
I normally use my glass water bottle but they’re heavy and I haven’t found one with a filter. These have filters and will save from purchasing water bottles. We can walk up to any quick service restaurant and ask for a cup of ice water, dump it in these and have filtered water for free.
A bunch of tea bags because I’ve had to cut way back on my coffee consumption to one to two cups a week since its destructive to my thyroid. Traditional medicinals is an awesome brand and I love the flavor of the Everyday Detox. The Eaters Digest is said to help with digestion and eating out for ten solid days I’m sure I’ll need some help with that. Coconut oil packets for anything and everything. I can easily squeeze some into coffee or tea too. Justin’s almond butter come in these travel pouches and did you see that flavor?? It’s basically Nutella. You can purchase carrot sticks and other veggies and dip in this deliciousness.
If you’ve got any other great travel tips while eating Paleo leave them in the comments please! I would love more ideas!