Eating Raw While Traveling

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Eating 100% Raw or Not?

Some people, for various reasons, make the 100% raw diet the most important focus in their lives. So if they went on a one-year trip around the world, they would do everything they could to eat 100% raw all the time.

For me, based on previous experiences, I’ve decided that eating raw is not my main concern when I travel.

There are several reasons for this:

  1. When traveling and without access to fruit in bulk, and without a blender, it’s much harder to get enough calories from fruit.
  2. I consider high-fat raw meals to be worse for health than low fat cooked vegan meals.
  3. My goal is health and not just “raw foods”. I also want to have fun on a trip and not feel stressed by having to eat 100% raw all the time.
  4. Because I don’t want to be eating a lot of raw vegetables in many countries for health reasons, supplementing the diet with some high-nutrient-density cooked vegetables is a good idea.
  5. When eating 100% raw for a while, the body will violently react to any cooked foods eaten because it has not adapted to eating them in a while.

Based on previous experiences, it’s not a good idea to become that sensitive on a trip, especially if it takes you to remote locations where finding enough fruit calories might be difficult.

My philosophy for eating while traveling is simple:

  • I eat a lot of fruit because it’s easy to find, safe and usually less expensive than everything else. I make it my main source of calories.
  • Avoid raw vegetables in many countries for health reasons.
  • If I have access to a kitchen and will be in one location for a while, I buy ingredients to make simple and healthy plant-based meals.
  • I don’t worry too much about making my diet absolutely perfect when traveling, but I make sure to walk over 20,000 steps a day!

Stay safe, eat fruit, walk a lot, and enjoy your trip!

What do you think? If you traveled around the world, would you stick to a 100% raw diet? Post your comments below:

Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.


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  1. ces says:

    Say , great article, I had that in mind , but I was not 100% sure and now you just put on the dot ,thank you CV

  2. Harry Uppal says:

    I love travelling and don’t know what to eat or not. But you have shared an amazing post.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day.

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