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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.

July 10, 2010

Raw Food Travel: Why You Need to Schedule Meals

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Even a rawfood diet can make you gain weight while traveling unless you know how to consume the right quantities and eat at the appropriate times. You have to think of the best ways to stock up on energy on your travel while gauging your supplies. It takes a bit of planning but its well worth it to have raw food energy to last the whole day long. Here are some raw food travel advice to know the best times for eating snacks and big ticket meals.

Ask: What will you be doing for the day?

When you eat raw food, think of how much energy you need for your activities until the end of the day. A rawfood diet isn’t just for detoxing or weight loss, its about maintaining your overall health. If you’re planning on doing a lot of walking, hiking or any other strenuous physical activity, don’t starve yourself. Eat up!

Health experts recommend eating your biggest meal at noon. This is when you are at your most active – and this is when all that raw food energy can come in handy. Just remember to stop eating right before you are full so as not to overexert your digestive system.

As your day winds down, eat raw food in smaller portions. By 6 p.m. your body is preparing to shut down in time for rest – so any big rawfood diet meal at a later hour can cause you to gain weight rather than help clean out your system.

Rawfood diet Smoothies Count as Calories Too!

Even if you just eat a small salad but finish up with a big jug of rawfood smoothie, you’re still adding calories. Unless you’re planning to do a big activity after you eat raw food, these calories are most likely going to make you gain weight as well. Water is always the best choice for polishing your meals.

Never Mistake Thirst for Hunger

A lot of travelers suffer from dehydration which makes them hungrier – you can avoid this trap by drinking up to three glasses of pure water before you get going. A hydrated rawfood diet before your trip can include a cucumber or two, plus a light snack to help tide you over until your plane lands. This will help keep cravings at bay until you can get to a full rawfood diet meal at your destination.

Make the Trip about the Experience – Not Only About Eating

While you’re on your trip, don’t obsess about your rawfood diet menu plans too much. Don’t forget that you are eating right to get raw food energy to do the things you love. Enjoy your destination and sample whatever good food you find so that can have a more memorable trip.

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