I’m writing this from Rome, where I’m eating the most delicious grapes I’ve ever tasted. Let me tell you that grapes in Italy have been incredible, the best in the world in fact.
Unlike in the US, you don’t find seedless grapes here. Not that I’ve got anything against seedless grapes, but all the grapes in Italy have seeds. They are also much more flavorful, like the aromatic muscat grape, and many other varieties.
Next week, I’ll be in Greece, and from there my trip around the world continues…
Last week I posted a little video from Venice, where I talked a little bit about the challenges of traveling on the raw food diet, and some of the tips that I’ve discovered along the way.
Some people were wondering if I eat mostly fruits while traveling, and why they didn’t see me buy any greens in the video.
At home, I eat mostly fruits and vegetables, with a good amount of greens every day. But when I travel, I focus mostly on fruit, and I’m not as concerned about eating greens on a daily basis.
I do eat salads, but only when I can find some good greens and more importantly, when I have a place with a kitchen where I can prepare them.
When traveling, it’s just not worth it to try to have a “perfect” diet and try to eat enough raw, greens everywhere, especially in hotel rooms where making a salad is not convenient.
So that’s why I fall back on a mostly fruit diet at the expense of greens when I travel. Fruit is easy to find, easier to carry, and gives me the energy that I needs.
In the raw food diet, fruits are much more important than greens. Greens are secondary, and only needed as a source of minerals and vitamins.
Too many raw-foodists are overly concerned about getting enough greens every day, when they’re often not eating enough fruit to begin with.
It’s perfectly okay to go for several weeks or even months without greens.
In the long run, eating greens is important. But sometimes it’s easier to just eat fruit, especially when traveling.
Fruit has almost everything you need, so it’s my primary concern to find good fruit when I’m traveling. Whenever it’s possible, I also eat a giant salad and even eat steamed greens (such as spinach), which have extremely high nutrient density.
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The next question I received is: “Are the fruits and vegetables I buy at the market chemical free or organic?”
The answer is NO.
It’s quite difficult to find organic produce when you travel abroad, and believe me, I have been in enough countries to know.
I consider organic food to be a minor priority in health. It doesn’t even make it in my top ten.
Most people are WAY too concerned about eating everything organic, when they haven’t even mastered the other aspects of health, such as diet, sleep and exercise.
Just eating organic food, in itself, is not something that will make a major difference in your health. And the organic produce found in health food store is not that much different from the commercial produce found anywhere else, in terms of vitamins in minerals, as some new studies have confirmed.
Don’t get me wrong. I encourage organic food and I buy organic whenever possible.
But it’s not my priority, and when I travel I’m much more concerned about finding good fruit or having enough time to exercise, than discovering where I could buy organic food.
No, another question that came up was this: “How would you wash your fruits if you are in a country where the outside of the fruit might be contaminated, and also the water?
That’s a good question.
Raw-foodists often tend to imagine that there could never be something wrong with fruits and vegetables, but many have been seriously ill with parasites and other problems just because they ate contaminated foods in foreign countries.
So far, we’re staying in safe countries where bacterial and parasite contamination is not an issue.
In countries where that is a problem, I stick with the advice to only eat peeled fruits and avoid salads and raw vegetables.
In the tropics, there are certain parasites that can be found in lettuce leaves that can be VERY dangerous for your health. And they’re quite difficult to remove by just rinsing the produce.
That’s why in many countries I would never order a salad at a restaurant.
Fruit is safe, if you can peel it or rinse it with clean water.
That’s another reason to stick with fruit when traveling!
Ciao from Italy,
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