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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.

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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