Being on the road while on a Low Fat Raw Vegan diet can seem daunting, especially if you’re new to this lifestyle. You don’t know what the local food is going to be like, whether there’ll be any markets nearby for you to pick up your fresh fruit and veggies, you’re stepping out of your routine… and the fear of judgment always exists.
Yes, there are road bumps, but having traveled a great deal lately, I’ve learned a few tricks to making it work (while actually enjoying the local food). Bottom line: You CAN travel and successfully maintain your LFRV diet! Here’s how:
1. Keep sight of your goal.
Remind yourself of how you want to feel, what your ‘why’ is, and the reason you started doing this in the first place. When you start to feel tempted, you can take yourself back to these thoughts in your mind. Think about how great you feel right now, but most of all, think about how you will feel if you stray: bloated, lethargic, disappointed in yourself. That’s not how you want to feel while traveling!
2. Prepare for the journey
Have a nice nutritious smoothie before you leave and take some fruits and greens with you, and why not some carrot sticks with an avocado dip to snack on. This is you showing up for yourself, making sure you aren’t going to get stuck somewhere hungry without anything to eat.
Don’t be afraid to overpack on snacks - it’s best to have too many than not enough and if you don’t eat them, they’ll come in useful when you’ve arrived at your destination (remember though, you won’t be able to take liquids through security).
A little side note on this - I usually can find some fresh fruit and veggies, salads you can modify, etc. at airports. I’ve never had a problem so far - you just have to look in the right places.
3. Do some research
Look up your hotel and the area you’ll be staying in. Is there a juicer in the hotel? (there was in mine in Guayaquil). Are there any markets nearby? Look up the local restaurants and check out their menu online if you can.
If you're planning on going on some excursions, ask ahead of time if they provide lunch and if so, what's on the menu.
You can even email the hotel or the local tourism office ahead of time and ask them for some advice. They're the experts, let them help you!
4. Educate your travel companions
Who are you traveling with? Maybe it’s a new friend or a group of people you haven’t spent entire days with for an extended period of time before. You might need to talk to them and let them know about your lifestyle. Make sure they know you’re not trying to change them or complicate choices for meals out. Tell them you’ll take care of yourself and you’ll always find something.
5. Pack the things you need
Think ahead to some things that might come in handy while you're on the road. Can't live without your morning lemon water? Pack your peeler! Got a favorite herbal tea? Take a box with you. When I went to Guayaquil I was told before-hand I could take my green powder with me, so I did!
If you're not sure whether it’s allowed in your carry-on, put it in your check-in luggage.
6. Try the local delicacies.
Chances are the place you’re going will have new fruits and veggies you’ve never tried before. How about that! You’re going on vacation and you’ll get to try lots of wonderful new flavors! The even better news is that local=cheap 💵.
These are just some practical tips and mindset shifts we can make on the road or at home!
You can do it butterfly! Now, go enjoy that adventure!
🦋 Love + Light, Tanny 🦋
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