So I’m just back from a glorious four days away to Alicante with my mother. Mum’s are great, aren’t they? Especially when they point out things like chin hair and give you advice about how you shouldn’t be letting yourself ‘go’.
But that’s not the point of this blog. No. I really just wanted to give you some tips on how to go away for short breaks to foreign destinations and still stick to raw/healthy eating as much as you can.
I have heard some people say that they just wouldn’t go anywhere where they couldn’t be guaranteed organic/raw/healthy food. This is not my reality. In fact, sometimes it’s more exciting to be in situations where you have to be a bit more
creative adventurous with your diet. You know, shake things up a bit. Get a bit of experience n’that, know?
In saying that, I did go to Barcelona a couple of years back, hell-bent on a mission to visit every fucking veggie restaurant only to find they were bloody shut all the time. Ditto Rome.
Here are some things you can do to keep you anchored to the healthy eating, er, ship(?)
Find the nearest fruit market. The good thing about being abroad is they have MARKETS. Fruit and veg galore. Tasty, ripe, local, AMAZING. Find out where this is, when it takes place and go there. Don’t be surprised when the locals get served before you even though you’re in a ‘queue’. The language barrier only makes this escapade even more fun. Fingers help. Sometimes they don’t. Learn the language. Fruit for breakfast is the best start to your day.
Before, during and after your flight. Stock up on as many berries as you can muster, you want MASSIVE anti-oxidant value to counteract the negative effects of flying on your body. Acai powder is ace. Pour it in to some water.
Take watermelon on board the flight. Stupid flying laws don’t say anything about watermelon, it’ll keep you nice and hydrated during the flight.
If you’re going to indulge in local delicacies (Tapas, anyone?) then aim to order a humungoid salad along with it. There are forty billion Italian restaurants in Alicante. I know, in Spain, going to an Italian restaurant = weird, BUT the thing about Italian restaurants is that they know how to do salads. Anyway, I’ll make up for it next time I’m in Italy by going to a Spanish restaurant. Eating lots of raw salads along with cooked is completely the way to go.
Chia seeds – easy to take with you on holiday, add to water for super-hydrating nutritional power!
Water– I had to Google Spanish for ‘glass’ so that I could specifically order glass bottled spring water. Aside from one bar man who seemed to be rather attached to every glass bottle of water behind the bar, this worked great and meant I wasn’t drinking too much plastic water. Fun.
Ground – walk bare-footed along the beach, swim in the ocean. Watch the sun rise and set. Listen to the waves. Meditate. Relax.
Eat chips. Now, I know what you’re thinking but bear with me. Eating chips is totally a way to stay on track with your healthy eating because it can fuck with any dogmatic mind-set you’ve got going on but also it sometimes makes you feel like shit afterwards and your body learns a valuable lesson.
For more tips whilst flying and a sexy vid of me being sexy with riotous hair, check this out.
p.s. I love you Mum
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/