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November 15, 2010

Traveling Raw in Greece

If you’re planning a trip to Greece, you mind find it interesting that the first rawists were actually ancient Greeks called Pelasgians (They were fruitarians.) and Pythagorians. (There’s a commonly taught math theorem named after the latter’s founder, Pythagoras.) Up until the 1800’s, vegetarians were called Pythagorians. They were enlightened people who believed in non-violence in whatever form and especially avoided animal slaughter for food. The famous Greek poet Ovid even quoted Pythagoras who said:

Source: Wikipedia

”O mortals, do not pollute your bodies with a food so impious! You have the fruits of the earth, you have apples, bending down the branches with their weight, and grapes swelling to ripeness on the vines; you have also delicious herbs and vegetables which can be mellowed and softened by the help of fire. Nor are you without milk or honey, fragrant with the bloom of thyme. The earth, prodigal of her wealth, supplies you her kindly sustenance and offers you food without bloodshed and slaughter…”*

Types of Eating Establishments

Unfortunately with the passing of time and cultural influences, Greece has been exposed to a lot of meat and olive oil eating traditions that are evident in the country’s popular eating establishments. There’s the taverna (family owned eateries), Gyros and Souvlakias (fast food styled) and Estiatorios (restaurants that are upscale). Most of them offer traditional fare (Mediterranean**, a mix of Italian and Turkish influences) but you can request for modifications on your orders to make them more vegetarian or raw friendly.  If you want to take the guesswork out of your itinerary, you can also arrange for a vegetarian or vegan tour with a travel agency**.

Source: fecielo.com/greece

Kinds of Produce and Food

When you’re out and about and hunting for supplies you can content yourself with fruits – (this is after all where the first fruitarians lived). Other than that, you there’s a vegetarian restaurant and central market in Athens where you can buy organic fruits and greens. Just remember that on Mondays most shops are closed and from 2 to 5 pm there’s a daily local siesta time.

Source: flickriver.com/photos/lcy/tags/konicaminoltacenturia400/

How to Get the Best Food Every time

Raw food guru Fred Patenaude***’s trick to getting the best produce is to speak a little of the local language. This will give you an advantage over common tourists so that local vendors can be more accommodating when it comes to giving you better produce. It’s also a big help if you want to decipher food menus.

Finally, while you are trying to eat raw in Greece don’t forget that it’s not all about food but the experience! Get around in a scooter and see the famous landmarks of the ancient world. Here’s a list.

  • The Parthenon in Athens
  • Knossos in Heraklion, Crete
  • The island of Rhodes
  • Apollo’s Oracle in Delphi
  • Ithaca, believed to be home to Greek gods and Odysseus, the legendary king featured in “The Odyssey”.
  • Olympia, site of the ancient Olympics


Resources:

*“What to Serve a Goddess for Dinner a Theology of Food” by James Robert Deal

** http://wikitravel.org/en/Greece

***“Eating Raw, Vegan and Vegetarian in Greece and the Greek Islands” from www.fredericpatenaude.com/blog

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 9, 2010

4 Essential Must-Haves for Eating Raw On the Road

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Raw foodists are known to be insanely creative, so get ready to take your own food adventure on the road. But first, do you have the necessary tools to help you eat raw while traveling?

1. Food prep equipment

There’s a famous pic of Jason Mraz (Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter/vegan raw foodist) in Speedo swimwear holding a knife that got some people interested in eating raw. He said he was in the middle of doing food prep when he took the photo to show off how good his body looked after he started eating raw. Jason does a lot of touring and relies on a lot of cutlery and blenders to make his own meals. He likes to stock powdered food from Sunrider/Healthforce Nutritionals, do a lot of juicing and has a ‘Movable Feast’ kit-type thing (equipment + food supplies) he checks-in at  airports.

For your own kit: consider bringing a travel-blender, plastic funnel, steel grater, wood board, a good knife,  and steel bottle (for drinking water and smoothies).

2. Supplies

Dehydrated food and food powders are essential (very handy when you get stuck in a place where you can’t buy anything fresh). While on the road, stock up on:

- honey (in a leak-proof container – there’s a heart-ache in discovering your
favorite camera is now pickled in gooey mess…)

- vegetables (dehydrated and fresh)

- fruits (dehydrated and fresh)

- snack bars (pre-packaged raw snack bars from well-known brands)

- hemp protein powder – only of you are traveling in-country.  Some customs
officials, especially those in far away countries with funny uniforms, might not
appreciate the intricacies of raw food cuisine…

3. Storage

Zip lock bags and vacuum containers can make supplies last longer.  And so save you more time produce shopping!

4. A Rawfood recipe book

For those times you don’t feel like a salad, a simple recipe book can be a life saver. You don’t even have to wait – there’s no cooking time required!

5. Food hazards list

Animal raw food is usually not a good idea when traveling as they are prone to parasites and bacteria. You should also learn how to detect molds and fungus. Keep a list of foods unsafe for raw eating. Some of these include: raw milk, parsnips, kidney bean sprouts and some poisonous plants like Alfalfa sprouts  and raw rhubarb. Keep your unsafe food list handy at all times. Don’t forget to bring water free hand sanitizers to keep food prep safe.

If you’re new to eating raw, you may be having some doubts sticking to your food preference, especially when traveling. Just keep reminding yourself that you’re doing this to be healthier and to feel more alive. It’s a habit worth keeping wherever you go.

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