Many people have been asking my advice for travelling and maintaining whole foods plant based diet.
We have had some real-life practice recently since I sent my husband on a road trip from Tallinn to Barcelona to take our car there with most of the stuff for the winter. He is back in one piece, managed to maintain his diet, and did not have to starve either.
So, whole foods plant based eating while travelling? Here are some simple tips:
- Pack as much as you can. I packed him food for 2 days – slices of buckwheat bread, chocolate muffins, potato-leek quiche, pure grapefruit juice, bananas, pears, apples, dark chocolate, iceberg salad, canned beans, tomato-basil sauce. His packed-food meals:
Other ideas for food-packing – cookies, energy bars, granola, nuts/seeds, dried fruit, and other dried food (chips, breads).
- Do your research on cafés and restaurants using Happy Cow. You can do it as you go – my husband was able to find vegan/vegetarian cafes quite easily throughout the journey. Nice places he found:
Landcafe zur Sonne in Bammental, Germany – we are especially grateful for the staff of this place as my husband managed to leave his wallet there. I got a message from these nice people on Nutriplanet’s Facebook page two hours after he’d left the café – he lost almost a day because of his forgetfulness, but as they say “All is well that ends well”.
Café Habibi at Darmstadt, Germany – he arrived too late to have dinner, but got a great vegan tiramisu to accompany store-bought meal.
Bionectar in Girona, Spain – they offered a great kale smoothie.
Restaurant Bar B-12 in Girona, Spain – great tapas and light meals accompanied by hand-made beers.
- Visit grocery stores – you can always get fruits, vegetables, salads and canned beans from a store. You can combine meals like this very easily without having the possibility to cook.
- Check gas stations – he was able to find lentil salad from a gas station in a small place in Germany. Every gas station has some fruits at least.
- Do not over–think – stressing about your food will make you grumpy and can eventually even make you sick. Furthermore, you won’t enjoy your trip. It is ok to make concessions during a trip – you cannot expect to eat exactly the way you do at home. Rely on fruits, canned foods, nuts/seeds, vegetables you can eat raw and you’ll be fine!
Nele Liivlaid: founder of Nutriplanet.org She has been into healthy eating for many years, but developed a more profound interest in nutrition and related diseases when she started reading The China Study and other special books on nutrition. After being in real estate and hospitality business for more than 10 years she decided to totally change her path to spread the word about healthy and sustainable nutrition and lifestyle.