Living in a hotel for a week can sound like a death sentence to the health conscious human.

Removed from the sanctuary of your well-equipped kitchen, you’re on your own, left to navigate the questionable tourist trap restaurants, avoid the temptation of the free continental breakfast buffet, and somehow, find enough high quality sustenance to keep your body and mind running at its best. It’s a daunting task. And if you happen to be in some remote town in the middle of nowhere, forget about it – healthy game over!

This happened to me recently. I agreed to emerge from semi-retirement to art direct a week of “The Dan Patrick Show” on location at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament in Pebble Beach, CA, with the full knowledge that I’d be living at the Holiday Inn Express.

Instead of throwing in the towel on maintaining my healthy habits and resigning myself to a week of meals at the West coast fast food favorite, In-N-Out (which was conveniently next door to the hotel), I put on my travel hacking hat and confronted the challenge head on.

With a couple grocery store trips to Trader Joe’s, some creative cooking in my hotel kitchenette, and a just 10-15 minutes of meal prep per day, I succeeded in eating nearly 100% paleo all week.

I’m sharing everything I ate – including my daily guilty pleasure handful of Trader Joe’s banana chips – with you below in a 7 day food log so that next time you’re traveling for work or pleasure, living out of a hotel, hostel, or camper, you’re prepared with simple ideas and easy travel-friendly recipes to keep your energy steady and your brain sharp wherever your travels take you!

dan patrick show pebble beach 2018
The Dan Patrick Show at Pebble Beach 2018 – The set I was art directing.

WHAT I ATE LIVING IN A HOTEL

MONDAY

triple peak paleo the super power work salad
The Super Power Paleo Salad

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha (Foursigmatic Mushroom Matcha Mix, MCT oil, and collagen peptides)

MID-MORNING SNACK: Epic Bar (Bison), Handful of Trader Joe’s banana chips

LUNCH: The Super Power Paleo Salad

DINNER: Roasted Chicken Patty & Vegetable Noodles Bowl

DESSERT: 1/2 cup blueberries

MOVEMENT: Yoga (Day 1 of the Youtube series, Yoga with Adriene)

 

TUESDAY

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha

MID-MORNING SNACK: Epic Bar (Bison)

Handful of Trader Joe’s banana chips

LUNCH: The Super Power Paleo Salad

blender bottle with ultimate travel breakfast protein chia seed pudding and dan patrick show set in background
Protein Chia Seed Pudding on set

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK: Apple

DINNER: Roasted Chicken Patty & Vegetable Noodles Bowl

MOVEMENT: Sprint Intervals

 

WEDNESDAY

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha

MID-MORNING SNACK: Handful of Trader Joe’s banana chips

LUNCH: The Super Power Paleo Salad

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK: 1 cup blueberries, 4 slices prosciutto

DINNER: Roasted Chicken Patty & Vegetable Noodles Bowl

 

 

fit woman in downward facing dog pose on a teal yoga mat outside

 

THURSDAY

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha

Ultimate Travel Breakfast: Protein Chia Seed Pudding

zucchini noodles spiralized carrot with coconut oil and chopped basil and a trader joe's roasted chicken patty
Roasted Chicken Patty & Vegetable Noodles

MID-MORNING SNACK: Handful of Trader Joe’s banana chips, GT’s Kombucha Gingerade

LUNCH: The Super Power Paleo Salad

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK: 1/2 Cup Blueberries, Apple with cinnamon

DINNER: Roasted Chicken Patty & Vegetable Noodles Bowl

DESSERT: RX Bar (Blueberry)

MOVEMENT: Yoga (Day 2 of the Youtube series, Yoga with Adriene)

 

FRIDAY

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha

Ultimate Travel Breakfast: Protein Chia Seed Pudding

MID-MORNING SNACK: Handful of Trader Joe’s banana chips,

chipotle paleo friendly salad with guacamole
Paleo-friendly Chipotle Salad Bowl

GT’s Kombucha Gingerade

LUNCH: The Super Power Paleo Salad

DINNER: In-N-Out Burger

Double Double (Protein style, no cheese, no sauce, no grilled onions (contains gluten)) with french fries (no ketchup or sauce)

SATURDAY

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha, Epic Bar (Beef)

LUNCH: Chipotle Salad Bowl

  • lettuce
  • Fajitas
  • Double meat (half carnitas, half barbacoa)
  • Pico de gallo
  • Medium salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Dressing

    carne asada with pesto brussels sprouts and butternut squash on a plate
    Paleo-friendly Whole Foods hot bar meal

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK: Handful of Trader Joe’s banana chips, GT’s Kombucha (Gingerade)

DINNER: Whole Foods hot bar

  • Carne asada (topped with Trader Joe’s vegan pesto, which I had in my cooler)
  • Roasted butternut squash
  • Roasted brussels sprouts

Glass of red wine

 

SUNDAY:

BREAKFAST: Super-Charged Morning Matcha, RX Bar (Blueberry)

LUNCH: Leftover Whole Food’s carne asada (topped with Trader
Joe’s vegan pesto from my cooler), leftover Whole Food’s roasted
brussels sprouts

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK: Epic Bar (Beef)

DINNER: True Food Kitchen Spicy Panang Curry (without the
side of brown rice), glass of red wine

 

woman standing in tree pose in the desert

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Ellen Jaworski is a certified health coach passionate about helping busy professionals who are overstressed and exhausted to prioritize themselves and create balance between work and life. She guides clients to reconnect to their body wisdom and create an individualized energy-enhancing diet and self care practice that works with their busy schedule so they can operate at their full potential and live with joy. Ellen also loves to camp and hike, cook delicious, healthy meals, and is currently doing 200 hours of training to become a member of Explorer Search and Rescue!

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