Last February I (Erin) went to Disneyland determined to eat paleoish and plan for my favorite treats in a very conscious way. After scouring the interwebs, I made a list of paleo-friendly restaurants and menu items. Then, and most importantly, I made a list of my planned treats. I did not want to experience the usual amusement park mindlessness of “hey, there’s a churro stand. let’s eat a churro then forget we ate a churro and eat a pretzle later”.
It was a moderately successful trip for the Paleoish person. However, new year new challenge. We are heading back to the Magic Kingdom at the end of the month and wanted to share my keepin’ Paleo ideas with y’all.
1. MEAL PLAN
I will be carrying a written plan with me. It helps when I am at home so I assume it will help in the park. (I will post a pic of this before we leave so y’all can check it out)
2. EAT A BIG PALEORIFIC BREAKFAST
Our hotel has a pretty killer breakfast situation. Locally sourced and tasty meats, eggs, lots of veggies – lots and lots and lots.
3. MAKE NO EXCUSES. KEEP MY EYES ON THE PRIZE. QUITTING IS FOR QUITTERS.
There is not a goofy sour ball sour enough or a churro sugary enough or a french fry fried enough for me to cheat before the 10 year anni trip (40 days!!!). Sometimes it is good to eat yummy carbolicious foods, sometimes it is the best way to celebrate, sometimes it fills your belly along with your soul. I get that and do that – except NOT when I’m in full GO MODE. So, this time, no beignets from ralph brennen and no dole whips from the tiki stand. Next time. I promise.
4. Follow this list of “approved” dining establishments
While it is next to impossible to completely know if there is soy or sugar involved in the marinating and cooking of some of these menu items my goal is to stay as Gluten, Rice, Dairy and Sugar free as possible.
Turkey Legs: Before I was paleo I was a HUGE turkey leg fan. Unsure if these feats of culinary mystery are really made of turkey (there is discussion of it being pork based) I know they are neither breaded or made of milk. I am positive that sugar is part of their deliciousness tho. I’m gonna let it go because of its overwhelming meatiness.
Village Haus: Bratwurst, skip the bun, extra (I mean EXTRA) kraut.
Bengal BBQ: Meat and Veggie Skewars. This is an expensive option for a full meal since the skewars are more of a snacky size. Though, super delicious.
Rancho Del Zocalo: Tostada. No shell. No beans. EXTRA grilled veggies.
Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe: SOOO many salads to chose from.
Hungry Bear Restaurant: Big Als Chicken Salad. Smoked chicken on romaine and iceberg lettuce with watermelon, pecans, dried cherries, red onions. In other words, Yes Please.
Big Thunder Ranch: Grilled Chicken and Ribs and Coleslaw. While the bbq sauce is a sugar situation for sure I will scrape lots of it off and will make a small exception since my daughter and husband absolutely adore this place. Though avoiding the cornbread may make me cry.
Cocina Cucamonga: (CA) This is my favorite option and will probably be dinner all 3 nights we are in the park. 1/2 Citrus Fire-Grilled Chicken with Veggies. It is yum yum yum and totally paleo.
So, wish me luck. I’m gonna need it.