I’ve started this post about the Paleo travel lessons I’ve learned from my time abroad about 37 times in my head, and each time I press the mental delete key back to the start. How to sum up the past four months of life in a different country, travel to new places and the approach of my return back home? It’s been quite the ride, and my emotions are as mixed, as one could imagine. How to make this a teachable moment? Present you with my view of how easy (er, or not) it is to eat Paleo when you don’t live in the US.
This map blows. my. mind. It’s the countries which have sent traffic to the blog here in the past six months. Okay, so there’s a bit of a blank spot in central Africa, but other than that, we’re not doing too shabby! It’s absolutely humbling. (Hi to my one fan in French Guiana!) Needless to say, Paleo is huge in the US and slowly trickling out around the globe. It’s easier to do in some places than others, and my experiences living in Scotland for the past four months have given me great perspective on the matter. Simply put, being in the US makes Paleo really easy.
Why the heck am I in Scotland in the first place? Love of haggis or golf or kilts or whisky? No, just actual love. My better half is Scottish, and we’ve spent the past year and a half traveling between the two countries. (In case you’re wondering, yes, he has a kilt. Only wears it for special occasions, though.)
When I became a full-time blogger / author, I realized I had the chance to fulfill some travel dreams at the same time. I landed in Scotland at the end of August, have had some great adventures, spent time with him, worked my arse off and picked up some snazzy Scottish lingo all at the same time. (“Go on yersel’, Hen!” being just one of them.) New things are on the horizon—my upcoming book and the Whole Athlete seminar series with Whole9 just to name a few—and I’m preparing to fly back to America on January 1. (Quite the poetic date, but I did it for the cheap airfare.)
In the past four months, I’ve seen London, Paris, Munich and Salzburg, and my food experiences were diverse. Here in Scotland, it’s been relatively easy to maintain Paleo and find enough inspiration to give you a steady stream of new and interesting recipes. (The lack of daylight, however, has been a challenge. Northern Europe…great for vampires, not so much for food photographers.) Suffice it to say, there have been lessons learned in all this travel.
While I can’t claim to know everything there is to know about eating clean in every country on the map, I’m going to share some universal tips and advice that will get you through many scenarios; even though the UK isn’t Cambodia and the US isn’t Russia (if you catch my drift) there’s still a lot to pass on. In Parts 2 and 3, I’ll be sharing some of my best practices for short- and long-term travel as a Paleo-eater. Stay tuned!