I’m just back home from a trip up North to Elgin. I do love my job but unfortunately it entails travelling across Scotland and England from time to time. I say unfortunately. It never used to be an issue for me. In fact, I quite liked it. A nice break away, nice hotel, nice food, break from the norm etc. That was until I went raw.
Before I begin writing about the joys of travelling whilst eating raw food, let me show you Mildred. She’s a strawberry ‘yoghurt’, kind of like Angel Delight but better and she’s mmmmmmmmy 🙂
5 big strawbs (tesco have just started selling organic ones again yay!), 2 big banananananas, 1 big handful coconut chips, just enough water to get blender going so it stays nice and thick. blend. done
So yes travelling while raw. For a period of time I decided that if I was travelling with work I’d compromise (myself) by eating cooked vegan food whilst away and return to raw when I got home. This in itself can be a bit of a struggle at times. For example, the hotel I stayed in last night didn’t have one vegetarian option on the menu let alone vegan! One time I stayed at a hotel and phoned up the hotel restaurant to ask if they had anything vegan friendly.
“Well we have veggie lasagne?”
“No” I replied “That’s cheese isn’t it?”
“Ah yes. Can you have fish?”
“No that’s an animal”
“Oh yes, ah ok, er, we have veggie lasagna…”
So it’s not always straightforward to have your dietary needs met even as a cooked foodist. After a bit of homework I managed to find quite a number of veggie restaurants in the main areas I travel to and for a while that worked great. I even managed to rope meat loving work colleagues in to coming with me.
Then I decided while travelling I could eat some cooked food but still take raw things with me for lunches and snacks. So sometimes I’d be super prepared and make kale crisps (even managed to get the chief executive to try some) or take salad items like avocado or jars of raw pesto that I could easily add to the conventional iceberg lettuce, tomato and cucumber that tends to be salad of the day. This also worked well. It’s easy enough to order a salad from most menus if you scour the ingredients in main meals. I’m very good at taking things to restaurants with me and whipping them out the bag and on to my plate before you can say “what’s that avocado doing in your handbag?”. 🙂
When I’m 100% raw then travelling is a bit harder. Of course it depends on how complicated your ‘normal’ day to day raw meals are and as you can see mine don’t tend to be that complicated. However, when I’m away and staying in hotels then the temptation to go for the easy cooked option is greater and for that reason I need to be sure that what’s in my suitcase/handbag is absolutely going to satisfy me 100%. If I’m not satisfied then I’m more likely to stray from the raw path ha ha!
When I’m not prepared to compromise by eating any cooked food then I have to be SUPER prepared in the day running up to travelling. I need to have items for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks thought through and prepared to make sure my food is varied, interesting and not far from what I enjoy at home.
When I’m at home I have access to my lovely vitamix, my superfoods and cupboards full of whatever I desire. Travelling while raw is a whole different kettle of fish! There’s only so much you can fit in a suitcase! One time I had a lovely gentleman carry my case up the stairs
“What have you got in here, a dead body?” he enquired struggling up the stairs
“No, a blender” I replied.
A couple of years ago I bought myself a travel blender. It’s nowhere near as good as a vitamix obviously but it does the job and it’s lasted me well. I usually take this with me along with fruit and/or greens to make smoothies for breakfast. For lunch and dinner I’ll take an array of items such as dressings or crackers, avocadoes, dulse, superfoods – whatever I’m in the mood for that week but that can be easily transportable. You start to get a feel for what travels well and what doesn’t. I’ve had a few instances where I’ve arrived in my destination to find raw pesto has burst all over my bag or raw cacao powder covering all my lovely work outfits 🙂 With practice (and very tight fitting tupperware boxes) it becomes easier to stash an array of lovely raw treats. Raw chocolate is easy to transport and easy to snack on when everyone else is digging in to cream buns or biscuits round the meeting room. But don’t over do it! I had a little bit too much raw chocolate before giving training one time, BIG MISTAKE!
Then there’s the question of where you keep all the food so it doesn’t go off. Fruit obviously works well in these instances but other items not so good. My friend Lucy has asked to store food containers in the hotel kitchen fridge and has been accommodated when she explained it was to do with a very strict special diet. During the winter I hang food in a plastic bag out the hotel window to keep it cool. In Scotland that’s most of the year round 🙂
So for my recent trip I took: my travel blender, 4 bananas, punnet blueberries, small bag coconut chips, 1 bag mixed salad, 1 jar raw pesto, 1 tupperware of broccoli bonkers, 1 packet of flax crackers, 1 trail mix, 1 avocado, 1 bag dulse, 2 bottles of spring water. You can see how that mounts up in a suitcase! I forgot to take some cutlery with me this time so that’s why scooping my broccoli bonkers up on a flax cracker whilst sitting on the train left me with spirulina coloured fingernails 🙂 I also had to chop up my bananas for the blender using the teaspoon you get for your cup of tea in the hotel room. It’s amazing how creative you can be with what you can find in a hotel room! I was lucky that this room had a fridge so that was a lovely bonus!
The increase in pre=packaged raw goodies can only be a good thing in my opinion. I don’t always have the time to prepare all the things I want to take with me. Being able to buy things ready made (ok I know that’s kind of ironic with a raw food diet) is a goddess-send sometimes. I’m aching for some raw breakfast cereal
Travelling while raw doesn’t have to be difficult it just depends on how prepared you are in the run up. If I’m not prepared and I have to compromise with cooked vegan food then I will do but seeing how much raw food I can fit in a suitcase is becoming part of the fun these days 😉
No rebounding today or yesterday but here’s my it’s Friday song for today xx
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/