On the go w/ Paleo!

On the go w/ Paleo!

Whether you lead a hectic lifestyle, or are always traveling and on the go, you could still make Paleo work out for you. Some times we want to come up with a good enough reason to not do it for that moment, but honestly…there is no reason why you can’t.

If you have been keeping up with the blog posts / comments lately, we’ve been providing you with the essential tools for you to succeed w/ Paleo at home. What about when you’re on the go?

Keep in mind, the concept is exactly the same. Your meals/snacks should all consist of proteins, fats, and carbs.

Fast Food

It’s ok to have fast food when you’re on the go, as long as you make the better, healthier choice.

McDonalds —  In n’ Out Burger —  Burger King — etc.

+ Burgers / Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

  • no sauce (spread, ketchup, etc.)
  • no bread (you could just remove that yourself too)
  • extra lettuce and tomato

+ Breakfast Egg Sandwich

  • no cheese
  • extra egg (mc donald’s adds an extra egg for $1.00)

+ Salads w/ Chicken (preferably grilled)

  • no dressing
  • no chips  or croutons (or you could remove them as well if its ready made)
  • no cheese (opt for the one w/ out the cheese if possible)

+ Some places have apples or pieces of fruit on their menu


+ Burritos Bowls

  • extra lettuce
  • grilled peppers and onions
  • salsa (if you like it spicy, avoid the one w/ corn)
  • guacamole
  • double meat
  • no cheese

Panda Express

+ 2 or 3 Entree Plate

  • mixed vegetables (when they ask for chow mein or fried rice)
  • mushroom chicken
  • string bean chicken breast
  • mandarin chicken (no sauce)


+ Salad

  • no dressing

+ Sashimi (No California Rolls!)

  • no rice
  • no soy sauce (if it doesn’t bother you or get the low-sodium one instead)

+ Grilled Salmon, Chicken, Beef

  • no rice
  • no sauce
  • salad instead w/ no dressing (usually they will do this for you) or some   mixed vegetables steamed or stir fried (preferably no sauce, if any)
  • ask for avocado on the side

Outback Steakhouse — Other Steakhouses (Keep it simple here)

+ Beef

  • gravitate towards leaner cuts of meat (if you don’t know, ask)

+ Grilled Chicken

+ Seafood

  • stick w/ the grilled option
  • no sauce, but ask for lemon instead

+ Vegetables (Grilled or Steamed)

  • ask for avocado on the side

+ Salad

  • same as above

+ Bread / Appetizer


This is just a quick list of the common types of restaurants that you will find on your travels away from home. Don’t be afraid to tell them what you want and how you want it. They’ll probably think your weird, but whatever. Right?

Now that you all have an idea what foods you can eat, tell us what else you guys do at restaurants to follow the ways of the caveman.

We want to hear from you.

– T H E O

6 responses to this post.

  1. Nice Theo!

    My daughter Catie and I were away from home when we started the Paleo Challenge last August. We were in a hotel room for 6 days, and at a remote location in the countryside where they had a “Snack Shack” serving the usual hotdogs, burgers, grilled chese, french fries & chips. Our first stop was at a grocery store, where we stocked up on deli meat (turkey & chicken), cheese (for Catie, who kept the dairy), fruit (apples, tangerines, grapes), baby carrots, bags of nuts, and a lunchbox with some ice packs. That took care of lunches for the week!

    Dining out for breakfast every morning, we found a diner where we could get omelettes with whatever we wanted (I got mine without the cheese) with sides of fruit; that wasn’t easy considering everyone else was ordering pancakes and the smell of maple syrup wafted across all the time!

    For dinner, we went to a mexican restaurant and had salads or fajitas (hold the tortilla, please add more veggies). Once was Italian, where we found grilled chicken & salmon, just had them not do the creamy sauces and take away the rice or pasta. Our companions got used to our menu modifications and got so they’d ask “Are you going to be able to eat here?” – we always could find a way 🙂

    If it is possible for a 13 year old girl to eat Paleo on the road, I’m sure everyone else can too!


  2. Posted by Rob Aloe on March 4, 2010 at 4:31 pm


    Great info! I am absolutely getting chipotle for lunch!


  3. Posted by Brian M. on March 4, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Yesterday was my first experience navigating a restaurant menu for a paleo friendly meal. My coworkers and I were meeting a supplier for lunch at Horatio’s on the San Leandro Marina. They have amazing seafood and clam chowder along with a great selection of sandwiches. Most of their fish options for the day included a breaded fillet and cream sauce. Instead of making a long list of substitutions for one of the seafood entrees, I opted for the Chicken Cobb Salad with no Ranch ( vinegrette instead) and no blue cheese. The salad tasted great and was filling but definitely made me miss my usual order of a prime rib sandwich with a cup of clam chowder.


  4. Posted by T H E O on March 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Way to go Brian!
    That’s what I call willpower. =)

    Don’t you feel so much better after having eaten the salad as opposed to how you would feel after devouring a Prime Rib sandwich?


  5. Posted by Miles on March 5, 2010 at 12:25 am

    This post was the first I realized that most salad dressings are not on the list. Think that might have to be my cheat through the month — I can’t see going to dry salad, or plain olive oil. In the grand scheme of things, its only a few tablespoons a week, compared to the lack of gallons of milk/soda, sticks of butter, loaves of bread, etc that are not being consumed.


  6. Jesse – in answer to your question about Convenience stores, there are some ideas about that in this post from Aileen on PaleoChix:


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