Whether for work or pleasure, traveling is an exciting way to experience the world from your own personal point of view. There is always something new to do and see, and the opportunity to forget about your every day stresses in life tends to be abundant. But if you’re trying to stick with a raw food diet while on the road, things can get a little tricky if you aren’t well prepared.
It’s easy to stray away from raw food living while on the road because there are so many temptations to face. From luxuriously fattening meals at local restaurants, to high salt options available through room service, tasty yet not-so-healthy food is always just a hop, skip, and a jump away.
It takes some focus and planning to steer clear of all the comfort foods you’ll undoubtedly face while traveling, but that doesn’t mean that you have to make raw food living your main focus during the adventure. With the help of this go-to guide, you’ll be able to stick with a healthy whole foods diet (for the most part at least!) without sacrificing your focus on the fun and adventure:
Write Out a Plan
The best way to ensure that you’re able to stick with your raw food way of living while you travel is to write out a plan well before you are ready to go. Your plan should include a list of foods you can pick up from the grocery store as soon as you arrive at your destination, and directions for how to get to the store so you don’t have to search.
It’s also a good idea to write an itinerary plan so you’ll have an idea of where you will be around meal time on any given day. This will help you plan for meals ahead of time so you aren’t stuck with poor food choices when your home away from home is not nearby.
Request a Kitchenette
If you plan to stay in a hotel, make sure that your room has a kitchenette if possible. This makes it easy to prepare wraps and other meals that can be taken with you while you’re out and about, and give you an opportunity to make delicious meals for dinner instead of having to settle for salad at a restaurant.
If you can’t gain access to a kitchenette, request a knife and cutting board from the concierge center or buy one along with paper plates for serving from a local store. You can use a countertop as a makeshift kitchen to make a few basic meals during your travels.
Pack Some Tools
Save a little space in your suitcase for a few small kitchen accessories to make meal prep easy no matter where you’re staying. Pack a vegetable peeler, a personal blender, and travel cutlery so you can prepare raw pasta, blended soups, and salad dressings with ease.
These items will fit nicely in your bag and can be easily cleaned and maintained while they’re traveling with you. If you have enough space, consider packing a few basic ingredients too. A bag of dried fruit, some nuts and seeds, and sprouting seeds may all come in handy when you find yourself in a pinch.
Always Pack Snacks
Snacking is an essential part of traveling as it takes up a lot of energy whether driving, flying, adventuring, or sitting through meetings for work. Plan a variety of snack options you can put together as soon as you arrive at your destination, and keep the snacks in the bag you’ll be carrying while you’re away from your hotel or guest room.
Think trail mix, dates rolled in coconut flakes, dehydrated flax crackers, and homemade energy bars. You can actually make batches of snacks ahead of time by separating them into individual baggies, and packing them right along with your other belongings in your suitcase.
Install an App
Make meal prep and planning easy on yourself by installing one or more of the many apps available out there. You’ll find many apps that offer quick and easy recipe ideas you can use in the comfort of your hotel or guest room. Some are based around fruity dessert recipes, others offer simple and quick recipes, while still more offer up instructions for creating extravagant raw food meals that your fellow travelers are sure to love.
You’ll also find a variety of vegan apps for your Smartphone that will find all the local vegan eateries in the area where you’re staying so you can figure out what’s available for your specific needs before heading out to enjoy a meal on the town.
Give Yourself a Break
One of the most important things to keep in mind while you’re traveling is that eating cooked food periodically is not going to ruin your raw food diet plan. It’s a lot better to order a baked potato with your salad at a restaurant rather than just eating the salad and spending the afternoon hungry. So give yourself a break while you travel. Enjoy your food, your company, and your adventures. You can get back to your regular regimen when you get back home.
In the end, food shouldn’t be your main focus while you travel, whether or work or for play. Keep an open mind and do the best you can – everything will fall into place.
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