Whether you’re traveling for work or leisure-planning and preparation is essential!
You have discovered the raw food diet and lifestyle certainly lets you feel your best. Now you will need to maintain that amount of energy as best you can while enjoying life in a different city. It can be easy to fall into bad eating habits while traveling, so you will need to create your raw lifestyle and personal health a priority when you are away from the comforts of your home kitchen. I have discovered that bringing together dried, mobile foods and supplements, in addition to some fresh foods, maybe the difference between remaining raw and completely falling off the wagon and experiencing a wave of sorrow. Planning ahead, some internet research before you depart, and getting to know the community natural food stores can allow you to enjoy the healthiest trip of your lifetime.
All of these are things I do and doing all of them enables me never to be apprehensive towards travel. I’d hate for my diet to hold me back from traveling. I don’t think it would be worthwhile if it did! A few days before you depart, begin thinking about what raw snacks, superfoods, and nutritional supplements you would really love to have with you. I part my superfood snacks into little plastic baggies and keep them in a larger zipped bag (for example: a couple of almonds, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, dried figs, etc). I usually bring at least one raw food snack bar for every day I will be on holiday. Other useful (and super-nutritious) travel bites could be sea vegetables (like whole leaf dulse), bee pollen, and an old vitamin jar filled with superfood powders (green powder, maca, a little stevia for sweetness). I bring a glass jar with a screw-top lid to shake up the green powders. I don’t go anywhere without my Celtic sea salt shaker bottle. This will all fit in a large plastic zipper bag, believe it or not.
Should you take multivitamins and other supplements, bring those too! The majority of us will need this sort of nutritional support the most while traveling since we might not have access to each of the foods we are used to. I enjoy reusing the tin cases mints come in for toting around vitamins, enzymes, and other nutritional supplements. They are a perfect size!
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A few more things you might want to package: a thin plastic cutting board, silverware (like a butter knife or something similar-packed on your checked-in bag, please), and some herbal laxatives–a change in diet and travel causes constipation-you’ll thank me!
You are almost set! If you are staying at a hotel, make sure to ask if there’ll be a refrigerator in your area. There’s typically no fee for one, especially if you say you have a specific diet. If you are staying at a friend’s place, let them know about your diet and ask them if they do not mind you using a special place in their refrigerator for your meals. If you are going to be in a car for a little while, maybe consider bringing a little cooler. The bottom line is, you will want to keep your salad greens, vegetables, and fruit cool so they do not go bad.
Also, before you leave, make certain to spend some time online checking out all of the raw vegan, vegetarian, vegan, or organic restaurants near you. Write down the addresses and telephone numbers before you depart. Find out where the closest natural food shop is and see if there are some farmer’s markets in the city. These should be some of the first stops you create when you reach your destination. Natural food stores will be crucial in providing your greens, organics, and other interesting snacks you would like. Many times you may get a raw food segment with ready gourmet raw entrees also!
The secret is not to feel nutritionally deprived at any stage during your journey. The people you’ll be traveling with may need to make an additional stop just for you, but so long as you’ve got what you want, you can hang out together from thereon.
Some individuals have asked me when I travel with my Vita-mix blender or Magic Bullet mini-blender. I don’t. But I generally don’t travel for more than 1 week at a time. If I was to travel for 2 weeks or more, I’d definitely think about bringing a blender because I adore green smoothies in the morning. I could also make juice with the Vita-mix by means of a nut milk bag. However, for trips of just a week or less, organic fruit in the morning is ideal.
I normally make a salad for the plane flight, or long car ride, too. I do so for several reasons:
- I usually can not go for more than three hours after my average fruit-only breakfasts without eating.
- I usually have loads of greens, veggies, and ripe avocados in my refrigerator that will go bad while I am gone, so why not utilize them?
- I love to have one last awesome meal before shifting to more dried foods and potentially non-organic meals.
- I enjoy saving money on snacks and meals.
- I need a few reusable plastic containers for cakes I’ll make in my destination city anyway, so why not begin using them now?
Now you are set! You have the majority of the non-fresh items on you and you are going to be purchasing your organic fruit, greens, salad veggies, and avocado (good to use for dressing) when you arrive. Enjoy your trip, stay raw, and have the best time ever!