To get that for any OCON-event meals (such as the various ARI-sponsored lunches and banquets), you just need to write David Gulbraa at [email protected] with that request. He’ll enter that with your name in their database. Then, once at the conference, you’ll just need to tell the waiter that you have the “paleo” option for your meal.
You can e-mail David anytime after you’ve registered — until a week before the conference. After that, you’re on your own — and you’ll be drowning in sugar, wheat, and more sugar.
About the hotel, Julie Furguson said, “They’d not heard of this type [of diet] but are willing to give it a try, so we appreciate your understanding if it’s not exactly what you want.” I want to underscore that — particularly because I want to have this option for future OCONs. Also, please take a moment to thank Julie for being so accommodating while at OCON. All that I did was make the request, and she took care of the rest.
Here’s what I requested as the “paleo option”:
It sounds rather complicated, but the essence is very simple: meat and veggies.
- No wheat or other grains (no pasta, no bread)
- No corn
- No soy
- No beans or legumes
- No deep-fried foods
- No sugar or artificial sweeteners
- No low-fat dairy
- Butter, animal fats, or olive oil instead of soy or canola oil
- Extra vegetables instead of rice or potatoes
- Olive oil and vinegar for salad dressing
- Berries for dessert
Simple meals of meat (or fish or eggs) and vegetables are great!
Please remember: You must request this option by June 24th!
Finally, just to be perfectly clear, ARI is not endorsing a paleo diet, just being nice to some of their attendees!