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Rawfood Travel

Rawfood Travel

July 18, 2010

How to Do Raw Food Backpacking

Among the many kinds of raw food travel, raw backpacking is probably one of the most exciting. You get to test what eating raw really means when you’re out of the kitchen. No blenders, no tools, just relying on pure creativity.

You can’t bring all the food you want either. Backpacking’s no. 1 rule is to always travel light. Then again, you don’t know how lucky you are because eating raw maybe one of the easiest ways to eat in the backcountry. (You don’t need to pack a stove or clean up afterwards!)

Things to Consider

When you’re on this kind of raw food travel, your supplies should:

- Be lightweight, but pack the most nutrients

- Travel well

- Have a longer shelf life

Things that You’ll Need

- Spill-proof, watertight but lightweight containers or bags

- Paring knives

- List of unsafe forage food in the wild

- Water-free sanitizers

Ideal Raw food Menu Items for Backpacking

1. Dehydrated food
You can either make your own or buy them pre-packaged at health food stores. Raw backpacking enthusiasts often take dried dates or raisins.

2. Freeze-dried produce
You can also stick to eating raw while hiking with a supply of freeze dried fruits and vegetables. Freeze drying is different from dehydrating because it also uses pressure to take out moisture in food. You can eat your freeze dried produce by soaking them in some water first, preferably in the morning, and then they’ll be ready to eat at lunch.

3. Nuts/seeds
Nuts and seeds provide the best nutritional punch for hiking. Hiking burns at least 5000 calories a day so be prepared to munch on a lot of these. They’re recommended for their high-fat content so they’re perfect for this kind of raw food travel. They weigh less than fruit but will fill you up faster.

4. Hard fruits like apples
Next on your raw food menu are hard fruits that won’t spoil as easily. Raw backpacking or not, you need food that’s easy to carry around when you travel. Even just one big apple is enough for your breakfast.

5. Hemp powder/ other superfood powders
Aside from nuts and seeds, superfood powders, including hemp are ideal for raw backpacking. They provide your body with much-needed minerals, plus they don’t weigh that much! Just mix them with water and you’re good to go.

6. Trail mixes
Another favorite for eating raw while backpacking are trail mixes. Make sure you include all the necessary ingredients to meet your protein/carb/fat quotient for the day. Eat them as often as you like whenever you feel hungry.

7. Familiar fruits in the wild
Most backpackers are wary of foraging to add to their raw food menu. You can stay safe if you stick to familiar fruits and berries. Blueberries and greens are okay. Remember, they’re always a good back up plan if your raw backpacking supplies run out.

July 16, 2010

Raw Food Travel: How to Eat on Your Plane Trip

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Even if you’re armed with your very own golden list of raw foods to get ready for travel, you will always have a few surprises before you even arrive at your destination. Some raw food diet items like whole fresh fruits and produce are not allowed at luggage check in. But there are several items that can pass through so that eating raw food is still possible even while you’re in the air. Then again, seasoned raw food diet travelers always have a few tricks up their sleeve.

Stay Hydrated Before, During and After Your Plane Trip
Aside from following your list of raw foods, you have to take enough water before boarding. Drink at least three glasses before takeoff. If you’re hydrated enough you won’t get an upset stomach or get hungry as often. You can also try bringing slices of fruits – cucumbers, apples and oranges or any other food with high water content. Smoothies and juice are okay too.

Stay Away from Eating Too Much Solid Food
Eating raw food on the plane doesn’t mean you can scarf down as much salad, energy bar or fruit as you’d like. Eat as light as possible to avoid jetlag. Raw food diet guru Frederic Fatenaude recommends bringing a UTD or “Ultimate Travel Drink”. It’s a fruit smoothie. Plane food doesn’t really top the list of raw foods so unless you have to, just buy a salad at the airport or get a fruit platter on the plane.

Staying on a raw food diet while you are on a plane IS possible. Just remember to stay hydrated, stick to eating light and move around every two hours to keep travel sickness at bay. Don’t forget to prepare enough or your own food to bring with you – and you’ll get to your destination just fine.

July 12, 2010

Eating Raw on the Road: How to Deal with Cooked Food Aroma During Your Trip

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Even if you’re a seasoned veteran, eating raw can be hard for anybody while you’re out of your comfort zone and in unfamiliar territory… (Especially if your destination is known for distinct cultural cooking.) But never fear, raw food living experts assures us that you can rewire your sense of smell a.k.a. your brain, into staying away from eating unhealthy food using several effective techniques.

Doing Time Travel through Your Nose

Before we dive into those special raw food travel tricks, let’s have some background about how our brain processes smells. Our sense of smell is literally linked to the limbic system, which is the part of our brain that associates scents with emotions. Pleasant smells can trigger happy memories and feelings while unpleasant ones can even make us physically sick.

What Cooking Smells Really Are

Most of us start out with cooked food diets and so we associate cooking aromas with nostalgic memories. Even those on a raw food diet are not immune to these. But they keep in mind raw food living’s first rule: all that smell is the flavor that’s left the food. That’s enough to keep hardcore rawfoodists from even touching the stuff. If you want to stay raw on your trip without giving in to cooking smells, here are some expert suggestions:

1. Associate Cooked Food Smells to Something Else

They key is to substitute that association with the benefits of eating raw. Indulge in a little bit of cooked food and observe the “side effects”. If you’re throwing up, having migraines or getting stomach upset, remember those and associate them with the aroma of cooked food.

Alternatively, while you’re enjoying raw food living, sharpen your senses to the look, feel, taste and smell of fresh natural food. Savor feeling and looking better. Substitute these new memories for your cooked food associations.

2. Nip Cravings in the Bud

Raw food travel can also trigger a lot of cravings when you’re surrounded by tempting smells. Make sure you’re always hydrated and that every raw food meal you have is satisfying enough for you.

Raw food living doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods. Experiment with different rawfood recipes to copy the taste and feel of what you’re craving for – whether its breads, sweets or anything else.

Don’t forget to stock up on vitamins and supplements to address any vitamin deficiencies that might be causing your cravings to spike even more.

3. Always Have Something with You

Eating raw on the road means you always have to be prepared for anything. Aside from cravings, you need to sidestep a lot of cooked food hotspots at your destination. Restaurant or cafe smells can do a number on you. Just remember to prepare your own food as much as possible and to bring some wherever you go. This can be snacks, fruits or smoothies.

Raw food travel can be easier on your nose once you get the hang of appreciating healthy food more. Cooked food won’t even stand a chance.

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