I love to travel and I love holidays but it does pose some challenges of how to stay healthy while travelling. It’s a skill I have developed over the years and as you are probably off on your holidays very soon, here are my top tips to help you on your way.
1. Plan ahead. If it’s a day trip, take homemade crackers, nuts, fruit, dried fruit, nut butters, green juice/smoothies and water to keep you on the good stuff. Use plastic food bags and containers to transport nuts, seeds and homemade trail mix.
2. If going away for longer, take some blue-green algaes with you in the form of spirulina or chlorella to add to drinks or sprinkle some Blue Manna on your salad. Chlorella is great for reducing radiation from airplane journeys and I also love Pure Synergy as it’s packed full of enzymes, herbs, medicinal mushrooms and phytonutrients.
3. When eating out at restaurants, don’t be afraid to order off the menu. If eating 100% raw, choose a salad or if there isn’t a salad on the menu, kindly ask the waiter if the chef would mind putting a one together for you. (Even if you can’t see salad on the menu, the kitchen will often have salad leaves they use for garnish). If you’re not fussed about going 100% and are happy to eat high raw with some cooked foods, order some cooked side vegetable dishes and combine with a salad. If eating chicken or fish for example, order a large salad to help with the digestion process and lessen the load on your body. If I know what restaurant I am going to and the options are limited, I often call ahead, explain that I eat a raw diet and ask if they would be happy to make me something bespoke – I’ve never had a no yet!
4. Invest in a cool box or bag – this will make traveling with food so much easier and preserve your juices and smoothies for longer. (Be sure to store them in an airtight container with as little air in it as possible to reduce oxidation and degradation of the nutrients.)
5. Take a sprout/nut milk bag with you and grow your own sprouts in your hotel room or holiday rental. (If the sprout/nut milk bag has a drawstring, simply hang it in the shower or over the sink if your accommodation allows.) All you have to do is take some nuts, beans or grains with you, soak them in some water, rinse and drain.
6. Pack some enzymes and probiotics to help ease the digestion incase you end up eating or drinking something less than ideal. It can happen so don’t beat yourself up about it! Just make a better choice next time.
7. Drink plenty of quality water. Too simple but easily forgotten!
8. Do some research online before you go. Suss out the health stores, vegan and veggie restaurants so you have some idea of the facilities wherever you will be.
9. If you are really keen on eating high raw, think about ordering a fruit or veg box to be delivered to your villa or hotel room. That way you don’t have to go hunting for fresh organic produce and you’ve got delicious foods to snack on. If you’re UK holidaying, Riverford or Abel & Cole are great for fresh food delivery.
10. Don’t stress! Do your best but don’t get carried away with worrying about not being strictly raw/vegan/veggie. The stress you create in your mind and body is far more harmful than the food or drink you are consuming that you hadn’t planned to. If you find yourself in this position, repeat in your mind as you eat it, “I love my food. My food loves me”.
11. If you are consuming animal protein, make it a side dish serving and fill the rest of your plate with green leaves and veggies.
12. Pic’n’mix. Scan restaurant menus for your favourite veggies and order them as a side dish, choose 2 or 3 and maybe a leaf salad and hey presto! You have your very own custom meal!