On long plane, train or car journeys, staying healthy and regenerating our bodies an be a challenge. In this article, we’ll share how to prepare delicious travel food, and also how to eat healthy in a third world country.
It begins with the easy step of buying a tub of your favorite hummus. Scoop it into a larger plastic container, like the black one you see in the photo, and then pile lots of veggie sticks on top. We never have difficulty getting hummus through security as long as it is packed into a small container and covered with lots of veggie sticks.
We love celery, carrots, cucumber, daikon radish (the long white radish that helps flush fat from the body), red or orange peppers and turnip. This is such a filling and tasty dish for us on airplanes or in the car, and very simple and clean to eat.
Next we want those leafy greens that are so full of all kinds of nutrients. So we buy a tub of mixed lettuce or sprouts, include cherry tomatoes for color and taste, and pack an avocado in a small plastic tub (so it doesn’t get squished.) We easily cut it and peel it on the plane with a plastic knife found in food concessions in airports.
We also take a small bottle of 5 parts olive oil to 1 part Umeboshi* vinegar. We use a 30 ml (1 oz) bottle so it easily passes hand luggage inspection. Once the salad is assembled, we add the dressing and yum, yum, yum.
*Umeboshi vinegar is an alkaline vinegar available at health food stores. When we ran our organic restaurant, this dressing was the number one choice.
That’s enough for several fantastic meals while we’re travelling. Adding other foods for snacks is simple. We take along a bag of nuts, usually almonds, filberts and walnuts. To these we add golden berries or goji berries. (These two berries don’t feed Candida yeast so we prefer them. However, raisins or currents work great if you have no yeast concerns.)
Bill, my husband, is tall and thin and needs lots of food to keep going, so we add a bag of Manna Bread for Bill. This is a great food because it is made from sprouted grains that are cut, not milled. It has lots of fibre (to help keep things regular) and tastes sweet and moist like a muffin. When you sprout grain it becomes very sweet tasting.
Last we pack some fruit, usually apples for Bill and an orange or two for me. These fruits are clean and simple to eat on an airplane or on a long drive in the car. We also take our own herbal tea for the journey. And we carry concentrated whole foods in a dry powder form to mix with water and fruit juice on the airplane.
We never go hungry, we don’t eat the airplane food, and we arrive well-nourished and feeling great.
Now onto what we do when we travel to foreign countries to protect and insure our health, especially when hygiene and food-growing methods are unsure.
1. We cook our own food whenever possible. And we wash all foods with a fruit and veggie rinse to kill bacteria, worms, etc. You can use a food grade hydrogen peroxide diluted as a veggie wash. Take a bottle with you packed in your suitcase.
2. We consume lots of probiotic daily. Use one with multiple strains for good support. And take a high dose each day.
3. Use only bottled water for everything except a shower, even to brush your teeth.
4. When eating out we choose restaurants that we know prepare their foods carefully so those of us from Europe or North American don’t get unwanted “bugs.”
5. We exercise daily and take time to rest and relax.
Taking care in these ways has guaranteed us great energy and health when we travel to places like India.
When it’s time to go home, there can be limitations in food choices, but there is always plenty that is yummy and works. On our return journey from India we took fruit, rice cakes, almond butter and nuts. These foods are simple and very satisfying.
I love traveling, exploring new places, unique cultures and having new experiences. It supports my opening to and enjoyment of all facets of life. And it is great to have wonderful food and great health on the way, while there and when we return home.
To your health,