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Old 07-31-2015, 11:33 AM   #11
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why do you think that eating raw veggies with peanut butter defeats the purpose? That's a really good combination!
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:41 AM   #12
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Depends on if you're going for low calories.
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:01 PM   #13
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We traveled for four months with nothing but a cooler and used pocket change on fast food. Fast food is definitely cheaper than real food, unfortunately, and I have a huge soft spot for good ole' cheap Taco Bell. But we had our cooler and bought a bag of ice for it every other day. We always had on hand bread, milk, cheese, ham, spinach, mayo (doesn't have to be refrigerated!), peanut butter, and honey. It was easy to stop and take two minutes to whip together a sandwich. Tortillas were also great to carry because like someone else here mentioned, carbeque is an excellent way for hot food on the go. Wrap up cheese in a tortilla with some strips of veggies and meat, secure it to your engine block, drive a while, then voila! Steamy hot quesadilla. Another option we're going to employ this time is to bring a crock pot. Plug it into an inverter at the beginning of your trip, fill up and turn on, stop when it smells ready. Just make sure to put it somewhere secure so it won't shower you with hot chili in the event of a heavy stop.

If you happen to see farmers markets along your route, stop and buy your eggs from there. Yard chickens have more nutrients in their eggs and also if they've never been refrigerated or commercially washed then you don't have to refrigerate them and they stay good for a week or two.
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:43 PM   #14
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When I went to get Heavy, I went into trucker mode. I ate at a Chinese buffet and loaded up on veggies and beef the night before. Then I went out the next day and drove home eating a 1/2 block of cheese and a packet of "cold" cuts the entire trip home. When I need to get somewhere, I get focused like a laser beam. That's just me.
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:49 PM   #15
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Some very good feedback and ideas. It will come down to me preparing food in advance which I struggle with sometimes. I just need to get me act together and get it done.
I'm hungry!

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Old 07-31-2015, 01:12 PM   #16
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I'm a Celiac which means I can't have the protean called gluten. It is found it wheat, barley, rye, and oats. I also can't eat refined sugar beet white sugar. It shuts down my pancreas and puts me back on insulin. I have been Insulin free for 6 years.

I just do a cooler for drinks, and eat canned fish, and non spoiling carbs like potato cookies and dry cereals when on the road. I buy fruit fresh every few days, and eat salad fresh from supermarket deli sections.

For the record, I'm on the road everyday. My work takes me everywhere. I eat the same 5 things for most meals, and I don't mind it a bit.

I don't do red meat too often due to how hard it is to digest. Caned wild fish is far far more healthy, and never spoils in my car. I alternate between 5 kinds of fish to keep me from getting tired of one thing.

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Old 07-31-2015, 01:41 PM   #17
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I will second the notion that there are some very good 12v coolers, fridges and now even freezers that can help make life on the road a lot more palatable than in the past. But it still calls for careful planning unless you build in a mongo sized unit. Canned goods, dry foods (beans, rice, etc.) go a long ways towards filling out any menu. Fresh veggies & fruits will always be the problem children. They simply don't last that long, at home or on the road. But many can be kept for a much longer time if chilled to the right temp.

Occasionally, you can find good deals on MRE's (Military..."Meals, Ready to Eat"). The new gen meals are light years improved over the old stuff we ate when I was in the service and they are good for as much as five to ten years. I've had a bunch that were downright tasty and they are very well balanced.

Not "Vegan" or "Organic"...just tasty and nutritious.


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Old 07-31-2015, 01:49 PM   #18
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I have never heard of potato cookies before. Curious about the cereal, doesn't that contain gluten? I don't about Canada but down here we are bombarded with gluten free products.
I'm hungry!

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Old 07-31-2015, 02:00 PM   #19
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The gluten free products are becoming more available.
They're still horrible, processed foods, but at least they don't get me sick.

There isn't actually gluten in oats, but since the vast majority of oats are processed on shared equipment, most oats don't count as gluten free.
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Old 07-31-2015, 02:12 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by EastCoastCB View Post
There isn't actually gluten in oats, but since the vast majority of oats are processed on shared equipment, most oats don't count as gluten free.
I was just going to write the same thing. Some time back I read an amusing rant written by a person who'd just had enough of being asked about "gluten-free oats" -- "THEY'RE ALL GLUTEN FREE! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!" he finally replied.

I'm kind of surprised that pure oat isn't a bigger thing, honestly. Seems like there would be many people who would love to have their oats but who don't because of the contamination risk.
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