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Eating Healthy While Travelling

Posted on March 25 2013 | (0) Comments
Category:Fan Questions, Answered!

Eating Healthy While Travelling

Fan Question: Later this year I am going overseas (Belgium,France,England,Ireland) with my school for a month and I won't have a lot of control over what I eat because I am eating at other peoples houses and going to pre-booked restaurants that my school has chosen. Please help!! I don't know what to do and I want to enjoy my time away!!

Answer: Great question! Travelling can really derail even the most motivated high-raw eater because we're out of our routine and with limited options. But with a little creativity, you can eat healthfully on your trip. Here are my top suggestions.

1. Let your school and hosts know about your special diet. There is nothing wrong with letting people know you're a vegetarian, if that's the case. It's pretty common nowadays. Make it clear that you don't want to inconvenience anyone, but that you just want to let them know in advance that you may not eat all the food that's served, and not to worry, you'll adapt. Tell people that you'll just need access to a supermarket a couple of times a week to get a few foods to supplement what you're being served.

2. Pack a blender. I recommend the Tribest Personal Blender or Nutribullet. Both will fit in a suitcase. Make sure you have the right adapter for the countries you are visiting. I recommend making a simple green smoothie such as Apple-Banana Green Smoothie, with ground flax seeds added for fiber (bring those along with you). Make a green smoothie for breakfast every morning (unless your host has fresh fruit, in which case you can eat that). If you can really be disciplined, I would replace a second meal (lunch or dinner) with a green smoothie as well. It's just so easy, and that leaves you with only one other meal to worry about. You should be able to find apples, bananas, and spinach or other greens at most grocery stores.

3. Take a few other simple gear items with you. Bring a small flexible chopping mat, and a small knife with a sheath (in your checked baggage).

4. Prepare for Healthy Snacks. Have an apple with almond butter, and bring your own almond butter with you. Or have a handful of nuts (bring those, too). Or fresh fruit from the market or cut up veggies such as carrots and broccoli with hummus (you should be able to get these at most supermarkets).

5. Make the best choices at dinner. If you aren't totally raw, you should be able to find choices at many restaurants. I like to order 1 or 2 salads (hold the cheese, and dressing on the side). Then have a look at the side dishes on the menu. Most places serve a variety of vegetables and even beans as side dishes, and some places serve vegetable soups. Order several of those. Just tell the kitchen you're a vegetarian, and would like any of the vegetables they have on the menu! Tell them you do not want pasta or bread, just vegetables and beans.

High-Raw Travel is such an important subject that I've devoted an entire chapter to it in the Revised Edition of Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People, as well as an entire session in my online course, Ready for Raw.

Best of luck in your trip!

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