Traveling on the Raw Food Diet?

Posted on July 9th, 2009 in raw diet,raw food,raw vegan diet,travel,traveling,trip,vegan diet by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate
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One of the things many talk about when transitioning to a raw food diet is 'how do I travel when eating raw?'.

Some look at it as a challenge, some as an obstacle, some as the natural thing to do.

After five years experience on the raw food diet, I'd say it's easier than how I traveled in the past and lots of fun!

I recently had the opportunity to spend a week traveling through California. We visited 4 national forests and 3 national parks, drove over the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, camped 5 nights and drove over 2000 miles. It was the perfect time to experience how simple it really is to travel on the raw food diet.

BTW, if you haven't had a chance to see Yosemite National Park in person I highly recommend a trip to the area! Pictures don't do its natural beauty justice.
Yosemite National Park

Here's what I brought and ate over these 7 days.

raw food traveling

I brought a large cooler, large pocket knife, spoon and canvas shopping bag. Stopping at a farmers market the day before we left, I picked up 6 cantaloupe, 4 cucumbers, 2 avocados, 1 lb of dates and then ran by Whole Foods for 4 bunches of bananas and 2 bags of oranges. Packed everything but bananas and dates in the cooler and we were ready to go. This kept everything organized and in one place.

Kept a little ice on the bottom of the cooler and added more every few days. The produce kept cooler than room temperature the entire week even with just a little ice. In fact I didn't want to keep them too cool, just wanted to let everything ripen naturally.

For breakfast I enjoyed 2-3 oranges and 5-6 bananas, 2 cantaloupe for lunch and 3-4 tomatoes, 1/2 avocado and 1 cucumber for dinner. Medjool dates made for nice snacks.

It was easy to eat, just pull them out and enjoy. No preparation or garbage generated.

A little more than half way through the trip we stopped at a Whole Foods in California and replenished the same produce to last until I returned home.

Total cost? $85 for the entire week. I did enjoy a nice pint of locally grown figs at the Walnut Creek Whole Foods so that added a little to the total over my regular expenses. A little more than normal but worth every delicious bite!

Compared to those traveling with me constantly searching for fast and canned food throughout the week, I found my simple raw diet easy, healthier and much less expensive than any other alternative. And observing the campers around us also confirmed this. Most had half their vehicle packed with stoves, prepackaged foods, boxes of utensils, napkins, cups and other food related items. Meals for them took hours to prepare, eat and then clean up, not to mention the stops needed, costs to purchase and then the garbage generated.

My raw diet only involved 1 stop on the trip, everything was locally or organically grown and the costs were minimal. I finished with dinner every day around 3pm allowing me to sleep peacefully every night and plenty of time and energy to enjoy our trip.

How about traveling on the raw diet by plane?

In part two of this post I'll share my most recent experience while traveling to visit family next week. Stay tuned!

What are your experiences? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Enjoy and to your best health. Peace!

Mark

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8 Responses to 'Traveling on the Raw Food Diet?'

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  1. Fielding said,

    on July 11th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    What about greens? The fruit is great, but you need a base. No nuts for protein?

  2. Fielding said,

    on July 11th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Oh…and a raw diet solely made up of fruit is a surefire way to lose enamel from one’s teeth and valuable minerals unable to be replenished by fruit alone. This is why I ask, b/c many who transition to a raw diet think they can eat loads of fruit all day long not realizing the detrimental effects this can have on one’s physiology. Like everything, responsible raw food eating needs to be balanced by a large proportion of raw greens and healthy fats. Otherwise, it’s only a matter of time before one experiences bone and tooth loss.


  3. on July 11th, 2009 at 9:57 pm

    Fielding, Thanks for your comments. How long have you been on the raw diet? This was one week of travel, you can certainly eat fruit for a week, no? You don’t need to eat a so called balanced diet every single day, just overall. This is my view on greens. Eat them when your body asks for them. When you need them, eat them. This usually comes by following what’s in season. For example, here in Arizona not many greens grow throughout the summer so fruit is not only what’s seasonal, but what my body asks for throughout the summer. During the winter and spring when greens grow abundantly, I add them in. It’s hard to get enough calories on just greens so adding them into your high fruit diet when you need them works well. And no, if you eat fruit properly by caring for your teeth and mixing in greens when you need them, no tooth or enamel loss should occur. From my research and personal experience, I’ve been eating high fruit for almost five years and my teeth are white and strong, no erosion. Others that eat it seasonally and take care of their teeth see the same results. Nuts for protein? (this is a question many vegetarians get, no? LOL!) We need very little protein and can get more than needed from plant based proteins. I don’t even concern myself with protein since I know I get around 10% on average daily. Nuts are too fattening for me and for most people. If you check your nutrient intake by calories you’ll see that most people switching to the raw diet make the mistake of eating too much fat in the form of processed raw foods, nuts, seeds or avocados. This is one of the reasons most fail on the raw food diet as well. Keep your fat and protein to about 10% each a day and you’ll do well. I used to eat lots of nuts and fat the first year I transitioned, but soon thereafter my body started cleaning out and I wanted less and less until now I only have overt fats about every other day. There are plenty of fats in fruits and many greens that overt fats aren’t necessary every day. You get to the point of realizing how fatty they are and reducing your intake naturally, if you listen to your body… and more importantly let your body transition naturally and listen for the signals. All the best to you!


  4. on July 11th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    Fruit is the base, not greens. Fruit is where we get most of our calories and greens are the addition. Greens have so few calories that fruit has to be the base. Add greens when you need them, not necessarily every day. Some will need them every day, just follow your body’s signals, it will tell you. Peace!


  5. on July 12th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Greens are the base but a week on fruit won’t cause any damage. I was on the road last weekend and I brought some nuts and seeds and a small jar of seed cheese. I supplemented this with fruits and some leafy greens and did quite well for a weekend in the car. It was my first raw trip and I didn’t do too bad except for the tortilla chip incident… :)

  6. Venerable Dawg said,

    on July 20th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Mark,

    No denying your personal experience and success. Thanks for sharing. The reason I won’t make fruits my base is because of something called “advanced glycation endproducts” or AGE. These are compounds where glucose combines with a protein and is linked to health problems such as diabetes and aging. Some studies have shown higher AGE levels in vegetarians than health conscious omnivores. The most common interpretation of this data is that vegetarians may have higher AGE levels due to higher fruit consumption, specifically high sugar (fructose) fruits. I eat fruit daily but emphasize low-sugar fruits such as berries, melons and citrus. yes indeed.


  7. on August 25th, 2009 at 7:36 am

    nice post!

    but you should try and avoid shopping at whole foods: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8216685.stm


  8. on August 25th, 2009 at 9:37 am

    I agree with John Mackey’s ideas for health care as opposed to Obamacare and won’t stop shopping at WF or boycott because his comments. Read John Mackey’s article in the Wall Street Journal and see what you think.

    Second, other than my local farmers markets, which I visit weekly, Whole Foods is the only store that carries the largest selection of organic and locally grown produce in my area. No other store even comes close. Unless I choose to stop eating, I plan to continue shopping there.

    Not that I support Whole Foods 100%. I’ve previously written several critical posts about the store, but there really is no other comparable retail store with the selection of organic produce in our area aside from farmers markets which are always my first choice.