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May '12

Eating Raw When Traveling

Last year I went “raw” – meaning I mainly eat foods that are not cook (probably about 80% of my diet is raw, as I do occasionally eat a cooked dinner with friends and family).

I can’t tell you the difference it has made in my life – better energy, skin and more – but in terms of traveling it can sometimes be challenging.

For others who also only eat raw foods and are contemplating a trip, I have a few suggestions:

  1. One of the best things about traveling is that you will get to try out a lot of new fruits and vegetables you have never seen in your home country. Fruits in particular tend to vary and you can definitely eat most of these raw, without worry about how to prepare them. Outdoor markets are your friend!
  2. Read ahead and learn some easy to prepare recipes before you leave home. One book I really like is Eating for Energy, but there are lots of raw food recipe books out there, and you may even want to consider throwing one into your backpack or suitcase.
  3. Do some online research ahead of time, if you will be visiting larger cities. You may be surprised at how many raw diet or raw vegan cafes there are around. Most health centered restaurants or supermarkets will have some good choices for you as well.

Eating raw can be challenging at times when traveling, but with some advanced preparation and know-how, you can make your transition much easier.