The request, tips for eating out in Hawaii
@gardengirl_kp coming there in Sept! Tips for paleo eating out there?— Bobby Ghaheri, MD (@DrGhaheri) June 25, 2016
Why, yes! I have lots of great tips for eating Paleo (LCHF & Ketogenic) while traveling. I'm strict gluten, and nut free and emulsifier free, 100% of the time. I'm a food addict in recovery, so abstaining from my binge triggers is priority #1.
Here are my best tips for eating Paleo, LCHF, and Ketogenic while in Hawaii
AKA What is working now:
1. Pack foods in your suitcase, saves money, know what you are getting.
2. Order "shell eggs" in restaurants and look for grass-fed island beef.
3. Stop at Costco in Maui to stock up, cook in your own kitchen.
4. Get spices and local flavors in general stores or local stores or farmers market type places.
Here's the long version below
|Dark Chocolate, Mini Guacamole, Oyster tin, Raw coconut butter-LCHF Paleo travel food|
|Chicken Salad with greens, radishes, and lime slices, guacamole, coconut milk for coffee|
1. Airport travel:a. I was traveling from one sensitive agriculture area to another, so I packed only foods that would not get confiscated in San Diego or Honolulu.
In San Diego, beagles are used to randomly check bags for whole fruits and vegetables during certain times of the year. In Honolulu during inter-island flights, German Shepards were used- more for drug sniffing that fruit. ;)
Normally, I would pack a few whole avocados and call it a day.
b. Chicken salad packed in a "PackiT" soft sided lunch bag with gel packs inside the whole lunch box. Freeze the lunch bag, then pack your cold stuff for lunch inside. I made it through just fine in the carry on TSA line. No need to buy really expensive food when you can eat lunch for $1-2 tops.
Bonus! We used the lunch bag to keep our water cold on the rest of the trip for post very hot walking and sight seeing. PACKiT's are $20 at Target.
|PackiT lunch bag- you can take it|
Honolulu and Waikiki and touring Oahu Island
Food here was very easy because the hotel side of the island is like any major city. Great fresh options. I woke up early, let the teen sleep and explored. I didn't have a kitchen in Oahu, so we found a nearby Denny's.
1. a In restaurants, ask for "shell eggs" only and no pancake batter in your eggs or omelettes. Denny's did not have coconut based oil, so I did get mild stomach upset (probably the corn in the vegetable based oils used to cook the eggs.
|Chinaman's Hat, as seen from Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, HI|
|Such good beef!|
There was a prepaid traditional Hawaiian meal, but I don't eat pork, so I took my chances. I was pleased that they served their own ranch raise grass fed beef.
This burger was tasty and I did not get glutened. Bravo to Kualoa Ranch for offering a great Paleo, Low Carb High Natural Fat option for touring a more remote section of Oahu.
|Kualoa Ranch 100% grass fed beef, Oahu, HI|
|Kualoa Ranch, scenic stop on our island tour|
|Honolulu Coffee Co., Waikiki, HI|
Whole bean coffee to buy and bring home was double the price, so I just enjoyed my cups consumed on the island.
2. Maui and Lahaina
a. Stop at Costco in Maui, it's near the airport and rental car area
Here's what we stocked up on in the Maui Costco.
Grass Fed pre-cooked burgers
Sweet Kale salad (tossed the dressing and toppings)
Cheese (for my teen)
Room Temp stuff
Pineapple and Mangoes (for the teen, too much sugar and I need to pass my insurance Ha1c test)
|Great locally made salsa from Costcto Maui|
|Pepper to make your salsa spicy hot|
I made omelettes, grass-fed burger bowls, chicken on the grill at the resort, chicken salad to bring with me for lunches.
So nice to have my own kitchen.
c. Buy spices in local groceries- I bought several different kinds of Hawaiian salt and a decent sized jar of coconut oil
The view from the grill was spectacular!! And I got a chance to chat up some of the guests and share my spices with them.
|Grilling Paleo/Low Carb on vacation, so great!|
|View from the grill, Ka'anapali, HI while cooking LCHF|
d. Eating out in Lahaina, HI
We ate out a few times in Lahaina. One of the best places was Koa's seaside grill. Great location, great food.
|Huge salad at Koa's Seaside grill, Lahaina, HI|
We stopped at Koa's right after our kayak and snorkel tour, so the great salad hit the spot.
|View from Koa's Seaside Grill, Lahaina, HI|
Another great meal was Down the Hatch in Lahaina. I got surf and turf and gave the fries to my daughter. I know better than to even eat a bite of off template food. Belly ache and binge urges have no place in my vacations anymore. Food Addiction gets to stay in remission on this trip!
Down the Hatch is located in downtown Lahaina, near the theater.
|Surf and turf from Down the Hatch- Lahaina, HI|
|Rainforest hiking, no need to snack, I can run off my own fuel|
|Catamaran sailing out to Molokini, Trilogy|
|Turtle Town photo ops- snorkel trip|
|Dinner made at the hotel|
|Breakfast fuel. So good!|
What worked is above, near the top of the post.
As always, what didn't work in the past when I was obese, morbidly obese and counting WW points
1. I packed junk food and candy to "travel with. Hey, York Peppermint patties were low points, YO! Lordy, I arrived at my destination craving all kinds of junk . Terrible way to start a trip.
2. I used traveling as an excuse to eat EVERYTHING, local, junk food, baked goods. Hey, I was on vacation
3. I thought that I needed to only eat out because I was on vacation.
4. All local food purchased was junk food. High sugar, breads, etc.
Sigh. Traveling while food sober, Paleo, LCHF, and Ketogenic is a better deal. Glad I've arrived and changed my thinking and habits. Better than before. :)
Zip, Zip hooray, my pants still fit.
Any travel tips for Hawaii that are Paleo, LCHF, Keto- share below.