TRAVELING, whether for business or pleasure, on its own can be challenging. And if you are a health conscious eater, it might make your traveling even more challenging. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many choices out there for us, health conscious eaters. However, if you put your mind at it, you can continue practicing good eating habits even when you are away from home and your comfortable routine.
IF you are used to homemade food with the highest quality organic ingredients, you could take the following steps:
· Identify and contact any whole foods friendly establishment and search for Bed & Breakfast, natural foods stores and restaurants, or natural foods chefs that can cater freshly made meals to you.
· Preparing to stay in a hotel, ask for room with kitchenette if possible
· Carry a travel kit consisting of
a) A Gas burner
b) Necessary cookware (saucepan and skillet), cutting board and knife.
c) Grains: brown rice, millet, barley, couscous, oats, whole wheat noodles
d) Seasonings: umeboshi, miso, sea salt, shoyu/soy sauce, ume and brown rice vinegars
e) Condiments: gomacio, shiso, nori and dulse flakes, toasted seeds.
f) Other foods: kukicha twig tea, apple juice, moche, sesame oil, sauerkraut, kuzu.
Umeboshi plums – pickled plum, very salty, valued as “natural antibiotic” that helps to neutralize acidity, alkalize and strengthen the blood and immunity, lower the fever in some cases. Take in a small piece whenever feel nauseous or crampy from traveling or food poisoning. Even better, make a remedy by cooking ½ chopped ume plum in 1 cup of water with dissolved 1 tsp of kuzu in it. When comes to a rolling boil and thickens, add a few drops of shoyu soy sauce. This remedy is excellent when feel symptoms of getting a cold.
A cup of kukicha twig tea after meals will help to maintain alkaline environment in your digestive system.
A bowl of miso soup will help to keep you strong and energetic.
Gomacio (sesame seed salt), shiso, nori and dulse flakes are wonderful additions to your meals as they are rich in minerals and vitamins.
· Carry food with you in thermoses and unbreakable containers.
If you eat out:
· Order natural foods platters without dairy or spices if possible.
· Choose white meat fish that is poached or steamed only. Have it with lots of vegetables and lemon.
· Choose steamed or boiled vegetables, salads without dressings and use your own dressings, condiments, and vinegars that you can carry in with you.
· In Chinese restaurants, order simple rice and steamed vegetables with tofu and no sauces.
· In Japanese restaurants, order udon or soba with broth; steamed or boiled vegetables; yudofu boiled vegetables and tofu in kombu broth. Order sushi made, preferably, with brown rice and only if it has no sugar.
· At Salad Bars, choose vegetables, chickpeas or beans if made without dressings and spices; top your salads with seeds.
· For breakfast, order oatmeal without milk or sugar, and use your own condiments. Have some kukicha twig tea and, possibly, some fresh fruit with a pinch of sea salt.
· AND REMEMBER, whether you eat out or cook yourself while traveling, try to consider the season and the climate zone you are in. If you are in hot weather and tropical climate, include more cooling foods as fresh vegetables and fruits, cracked grains. Being in the northern part of the globe and in cooler weathers, emphasizing fresh fruits and salads can make you weak and prone to colds and flues. Rather have more warming foods as bean and vegetable stews with ginger; fish and whole grains. Maintaining balance in your food with the environment, will help your body stay in balance and not get sick.