By Tina Washburn-Patz
We are nearing holiday time, and for many of you that probably means travel is on the horizon. If you are anything like me, you’re already thinking, “How am I going to stick to my raw diet while traveling for the holidays?” Rest assured, it will be a cinch with just a little planning and preparation.
Do Your Research
Hunt down local markets, juice bars, vegan restaurants and raw delis. This will be a godsend for your morning veggie juice fix or to pick up some premade raw foods. You can also find vegan restaurants and markets and vegan-friendly eateries in most cities around the globe. They may not list themselves as “raw,” but I have never had trouble finding raw dishes at these joints.
If you’ll be staying in a hotel, check to see if they have a refrigerator in the room where you could store coconut water, fresh vegetable juices, hemp protein, fruits and vegetables, probiotics and nut milk.
Prior to your departure, stock up on your favorite packaged goodies and plan for enough to last the length of your trip. If you’re only going for a few days, portion out the amount you’ll need in sealed baggies.
Some noteworthy and convenient selections are:
- A variety of raw energy bars and snacks
- Flax Seeds. Grind and bring the powder with you. The fiber content will help keep you regular while you’re away as a large number of travelers suffer from “Traveler’s Belly” (aka constipation)
- Dried, Pitted Prunes. Also a traveler’s must-have
- Buckwheat Granola. I enjoy this at breakfast with nut milk or as a snack on the go
- Hemp or almond milk for your protein shake and granola
- Nut butter such as Pumpkin Seed Butter. The zinc in pumpkin seeds boost immunity, which is important while traveling
- Raw, vegan and gluten-free bread such as Sunflower Seed Bread. Great for breakfast with a little spread of nut butter
- Hemp Protein Powder, Spirulina or Sun Warrior Protein Powder. Portion out just enough for your vacation and store in a small, glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
- A variety of raw nuts, seeds and dehydrated fruits like berries and mango
- A green superfood supplement such as Sun is Shining. Portion this out as well in a small glass container with a tight fitting lid.
Don’t get caught without supplies you count on daily. Some items to check in your luggage are a reliable shake shaker, a teaspoon for measuring green powder, a 1 oz scooper for protein powder, a butter knife for spreading nut butter and spare sealable bags for portioning snacks to take with you for the day. Also, prior to your departure, make individual packets of the supplements you take. This way, if you’re out sightseeing or visiting family, you will have access to your daily supplements when you need them.
Share the delights of your lifestyle with your hosts and assure them you’re good to go without special arrangements being made. Your story will likely be more graciously accepted than if your friends or family are caught off guard when all you order is a salad at a steakhouse. Besides, I cannot tell you how many times this has opened up conversations leading to lifestyle changes of the folks I have visited.
It is so important to stay hydrated during your travels. Airplanes and hotels are especially dehydrating, and if you’re not careful, you’ll be stricken with fatigue, bloating, constipation, irritability and muscle aches. Some hydrating tips I swear by are:
- 1. At a minimum, drink 8 ounces of water for every hour you are on the plane and make sure to keep a bottle of water with you at all times when you’re out and about.
- 2. For your plane trip, pack a water-dense meal in your carry on. Include fresh cut vegetables, such as carrots, cucumber, radish, fennel and celery, and fruits like pineapple, mango and citrus.
- 3. Keep your skin hydrated on the plane and throughout your trip with a mist of Rose Water Body Mist and apply Raw Virgin Coconut Oil to your entire body daily.
- 4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- 5. Bring along a small glass jar of sweet almond oil and a few cotton swabs. Prior to your flight, use a swab to dab a small amount of sweet almond oil inside each nostril to keep your nasal passages moist. Repeat before bed each night if staying in a hotel.
The holidays are about peace, joy, harmony and sharing. Pat yourself on the back for the commitment you have made to your healthy lifestyle. Respect your healthy and pure body, and thank those who have inspired you. Give the best gift you can this season and share your raw knowledge whenever you have an opportunity with those you love. Happy Holidays!
Tina, Founder and President of Urban Cuisine, has been preparing meals for her private chef clientele for over 10 years. Though skilled in the preparation of most cuisines, she specializes in pure meals, utilizing superfoods as often as possible. Tina has been featured in Cooking Light Magazine, participated in San Diego Magazine’s Your Recipe Contest, was a guest on Fox 6 San Diego and most recently was a contestant on the Food Network’s Ultimate Recipe Showdown.
To learn more about Tina and Urban Cuisine, please visit Urban Cuisine