Following the Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine while traveling, be it a short trip or a long holiday, can be a challenge when you first begin. In this section we give you some basic hints and tips that we have discovered over the years of following a raw-food diet. They make planning your trip simple and the whole experience one of joy.
In Appendix III of this book you will find a section with hints and tips minimizing jet stress, including airplane Yoga. We also recommend that you read the section in Conscious Eating on traveling in the raw.
The tips below can be applied when making fast raw food for when you are on the go!
Planning your Trip
Traveling in the raw, like eating in the raw, is all about good planning—from what to take to where to get your fresh supplies along the way. There are many good resource guides for health food stores, both in print format and on the Internet. In the back of this book you can also find a comprehensive list of resources for stocking up on your bulk items.
Where there are no health food stores along the way, you can usually find supermarkets with a limited organic range such as avocados, organic baby greens, carrots, and sprouts. This can be supplemented with various foods that travel well (as described in this section).
If you would like to eat out at a restaurant, call ahead of time and be specific as to your dietary requirements. If you are specific, you will find that most good restaurants will be happy to cater for your needs. This also applies to eating out at the homes of non-raw friends and relatives. If you are not able to plan ahead, you can request a plain salad and add your own dressing, avocado, and dehydrated seed mix.
Your choice of equipment will vary depending on your mode of travel and the space you have available. If you are flying it is not possible to take any form of cutting utensils apart from plastic knives on the plane, but you can take them in your suitcase. Here are some general suggestions:
• Containers that seal well are important. A good-size container will double as your preparation and eating bowl and the lid as your cutting board.
• Plastic cups or glass jars with screw-on lids to mix your green drinks and dressings.
• Utensils—knife, fork, spoon (take plastic when flying).
• Roll-up chopping mat, available from most supermarkets.
• Wellness Portable water filtration system*, which filters out the majority of contaminants saving you from carrying large amounts of water everywhere you go.
• Tribest Personal Blender*, essential for longer trips for grinding your flax seeds and creating yummy dressings for your salads. An inverter can be bought with this product that allows use in car, boat, RV, and camper.
• High-quality knife with plastic cover.
• Iodine is a useful addition for washing your veggies.
• Travel Yoga Mat*.
• Jet Stress Kit* (see Appendix III).
* These items are available from Dr. Cousens’ Online Store, www.drcousensonlinestore.com.
Basic Travel Foods
There are some basic foods that should be in everyone’s travel pack, because they do not require any major preparation. See the Resources section for companies that sell high-quality food items from sea vegetables to nuts and seeds.
• Nuts and Seeds provide that nutrient density we crave while traveling
(take a plastic cup or glass jar for soaking).
– Hemp Seeds*
– Macadamia Nuts
– Sunflower, Sesame, and Pumpkin Seeds
• Superfoods* are essential on trips where food choice may be limited, providing all your nutrient needs in compact packages.
– Green Powders—Spirulina, Vitamineral Green, Pure Synergy, and Chlorella
– Bee Pollen
– Goji Berries
– Coconut Oil—for both external and internal use
• Nut Butters* are great for dipping with veggie sticks or mixing into simple salad dressings with water, lemon, and salt.
– Sesame Tahini
• Celtic Sea Salt* is the best salt available, providing trace minerals. Added to water, it helps with hydration.
• Olive Oil*—Choose only organic stone-pressed.
• Apple Cider Vinegar (Phase I.5)
• Sea Vegetables
– Whole Dulse
– Dulse Flakes
– Nori Sheets—Great for wrapping up your salads.
• Olives* provide a nutrient-dense food that will satisfy you on the go.
• Miso (Phase I.5)
• Flax Seeds*— Ideally ground fresh, but for short trips of a few days you can take pre-ground flax seeds.
• Vegetables/Fruits that travel well:
– Cabbage, Carrots, Bell Pepper
– Avocado, Apples, Grapefruit, Raisins
* These items are available from www.drcousensonlinestore.com.
Foods that Require Pre-Preparation
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If you have time it is useful to stock up on some dehydrated goodies. Recipes can be found throughout the book.
• Seasoned Nuts
• Trail Mixes
• Imposter “Caramel Corn”
• Green Wonder Wafers
• Veggie Chips
• Granola Bars
• Magic Wands
Many of us lead a busy lifestyle that does not allow time for preparing the more elaborate recipes found in this book. Whether traveling cross-country or journeying through your busy day, you can be nourished by Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine. There are many recipes in this book that are relatively fast and easy to prepare.
When “on the go,” wrapping your favorite raw foods in nori sheets, collard greens, or cabbage leaves makes a great meal and minimizes preparation and clean-up! It allows you to be creative and use whatever you have in the fridge. Try making Noritos.
There many salads that can be prepared very quickly yet provide that satisfaction you are looking for. Some of them don’t mind marinating, so you can prepare your lunch in the morning. We suggest the following “all you need is a knife” recipes:
• Arugula Cumin Salad
• Arugula Spinach Salad
• Avocado Kale Salad
• Avocado Tomato Salad
• Cabbage Hemp Salad
• Zen Cabbage Salad
• Carrot Dulse Salad
• Composed Salad
• Cucumber Avocado Salad
• Hemp Kale Salad
• Mediterranean Sea Vegetable Salad
• Moroccan Olive Salad
• Napa Slaw
• Rainbow Salad
• Sea Palm Simplicity
• Spinach Masala Salad
• Spinach Sprout Salad
• Tabouli #3
• Thai Hemp Slaw
• The Essence of Spinach
Fast Food Tip: Make a batch of pâté or a dressing that will last you a few days.
With a little planning and use of the guidelines found in this section, you will find that traveling in the raw is actually a great deal of fun and can work for you. Traveling in the raw is simple—no cooking utensils, little clean-up, and you get to feel great because you can stick to a cuisine that works for you and your body without the need to compromise. After a while it will become second nature and give you an amazing sense of empowerment in caring for yourself!