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For those who don’t know much about me, my husband and I both follow a zero carb (carnivore) diet and still live a normal balanced life full of travel. This blog title will make some heads turn I’m sure. You are not reading it wrong. This past September we travelled down the pacific coast highway and lived out of our truck for two weeks.
I want to share my experience and explain how we were able to travel while following a zero carb lifestyle for those who may be curious about how travelling is doable while being zero carb.
This blog post is not to explain my reasons for choosing this lifestyle but more of a recount of how I was able to travel and still able to eat a carnivore diet full of delicious food and not starve.
We started our journey on September 11, 2018. We left our driveway in Calgary destined for the coast. We were able to configure our 1998 Toyota Land Cruiser to have space for us (and the dog) to sleep inside should we need it last minute and also had our rooftop ARB tent for nights we could find a camping spot.
As well as having sleeping arrangements, our main priority was being able to take our ARB 85 L fridge along for the drive.
- a dozen eggs
- 8 packages of bacon
- a tub of sour cream
- heavy whipping cream
- pepperoni sticks
- salami slices
- sausages (mostly Kiełbasa, I am a polish gypsy after all)
- an assortment of cheese’s
Along with the basic zero carb staples we also took coffee (including a coffee press and grinder and believe it or not, our Nespresso frother), salt and pepper, our skillet, a camp stove, a wooden spoon, steak knives, forks, and tea kettle for boiling water.
Equally beneficial is not the restrictions of not eating everything, but the freedom to keep it minimal. Not wasting time prepping your meal or even clean up makes this an ideal way to live on the road.
Another benefit is to be able to eat only twice a day and sometimes even just one meal would be enough on most days. Being satiated longer due to the nutrient density of meat and animal products in general.
Zero Carb Breakfast
Let me start by saying that I love breakfast. For the past 242 days I have been eating 5 eggs with a half package of bacon every day for breakfast. Being on the road was no different.
Zero Carb Dinner
Secondly, dinner was a breeze. Once again, the setup is easy. One skillet, two sausages and one steak (with extra butter) and dinner is served!
In fact, living this way has not diminished my life. It has done the opposite. I love to travel and hope to do more of it in the future. This was a trail run for my husband and I. We wanted to see if we could maintain this lifestyle that we both have passionately acquired as our norm.
Consequently, travelling and being zero carb is easy for us now. Even when we didn’t have a chance to make our meals, Five Guys burgers or In and Out burger is always an option. We tend to order 10 patties with cheese and make sure they hold the bun.
As I have said, living in our truck for 2 weeks along with our dog was manageable. Cheese and salami are always an option while on the road or even finding a fast food place and asking for a pattie with no bun. You will more then likely get a few looks and the staff might have a hard time getting your order but at least you’ll be satiated and not feel like you have derailed your choices. The longer you stick with it, the easier it becomes. Form those habits and not quick fixes. See you on the road!
meraki [may-rah-kee] (adjective) word used to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, whatever it may be