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Eating Raw When Traveling Around the World

Eating Raw Around the World

As you know, I promote a diet of raw foods with an emphasis on fruit. I’ve also traveled extensively before so I’m aware of the challenges and also advantages of eating raw on the road.

My main concern when traveling is health, which means eating as well as possible and getting exercise (which is not always easy when traveling!).

Overall, I would say that it’s very easy to eat a vegan diet when traveling. Most countries feature plenty of vegan options, and most cities have at least one or two vegetarian restaurants.

The best places to find fruits and vegetables around the world are usually grocery stores and farmer’s markets (which in many countries are just called “markets”).

The problem when traveling is not just to find food, but to have a way to eat it.

At home, I normally use a big Vita-Mix blender at least two times a day to make smoothies and soups that give me the bulk of my “raw” calories.

On our one-year trip, I’ll need to minimize our luggage and bringing a 15-pound vita-mix is completely out of the question. Even a travel blender takes a lot of space and is hardly usable to make smoothies.

I’ll be bringing a flexible cutting board though, as well as one knife and a couple of tupperware containers.

The main portion of our diet will be fruits that will be cut up and eaten that way.

In many countries like Thailand and even throughout Europe, fruit is easy to find and delicious.

Vegetables are something to watch out for in many foreign countries where the water quality is questionable. I’ve known more than one raw-foodist who got seriously ill with parasites after eating greens and vegetables in Asia.

Also, making a big salad in a hotel room is not that easy or fun to do. So I’ll probably be eating a lot less salads and vegetables during my trip than I normally do at home.

Eating 100% Raw or Not?

Some people, for various reasons, really make the 100% raw diet the most important focus in their lives. So if they went on a one-year trip around the world, they would do everything they can to eat 100% raw all the time.

For me, based on previous experience, I’ve decided that during this trip I won’t be eating 100% raw.

There are several reasons for this:

1) When traveling and without access to fruit in bulk, and without a blender, it’s much harder to get enough calories from fruit.

2) I consider high-fat raw meals to be worse for health than low fat cooked vegan meals, so I’ll stick with that philosophy.

3) My goal is health and not just “raw foods”. I also want to have fun on this trip and not feel stressed by having to eat 100% raw all the time.

4) Because I won’t be eating a lot of raw vegetables in many countries for health reasons, supplementing the diet with some high-nutrient-density cooked vegetables is a good idea.

5) When eating 100% raw for a while, the body will violently react to any cooked foods eaten because it has not adapted to eating them in a while. Based on previous experiences, I do not wish to become *that* sensitive on a trip that will take us to many remote locations where finding enough fruit calories might be difficult.

What do you think? If you traveled around the world, would you stick to a 100% raw diet? Post your comments below.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.