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Eating Vegan and Raw on the Road with Pandie Suicide

Lifesavers: How to Eat Healthy On the Road. Part 1 February 5, 2010

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If you’re anything like me,  a restless Sagittarius, travel and adventure are in your blood. It’s just something you have to do, you’re constantly seeking out the new and interesting. Or perhaps you hate that and you’d rather be at home with a nice cup o tea and the tele on, but you have no choice but to travel for work or family reasons. Or may be you’re a rockstar/ roadie who’s always on tour, a total road-dog, and travel is the life. The road is your home.

Well that’s awesome, we are very privileged to live in a world where super-sonic travel, red-eye flights, AMTRAK, metro, and everything else is available at our fingertips. Hell, we could probably even go on a visit to the moon if we really, really wanted to (and had a couple mil or bil at our disposal!), but constant travel can stress a body out, not to mention the lifestyle that comes with travel for pleasure, adventure-seeking, or rock-n-roll – late nights, time-changes, temperature changes, season-changes, long-haul flights, living out of a suitcase,eight-hour drives, alcohol and caffeine and…well whatever else. These things do not make for the healthiest of lifestyles!

Add to this the typical food available and easy on these trips and you’ve got a recipe for disaster!Drive-through dinners, greasy burgers and fries, beers, fatty, fried nutritionally-devoid whoknowswhats from seven elevens, roadside diners, McDonald’s “restaurants”,pub food, pizzas and backstage catering. Or of course, the rockstar “Ramen diet”, that nearly every university student, starving artist and musician has been on at some point in their lives, and what do you have? A sick, sad body!

Terrible! How are you going to make a hit record when you’re half-starved or in a fast-food induced coma? How you gonna write that novel, save the world, run for president, sell those products, enjoy yourself, do a walking tour of vineyards in the south of France?

Answer: you’re not! Or you’re going to do a less-than-you’re-worthy-of job of it. And who wants to look back in ten years on their achievements and say hey, if only I’d taken a little better care of myself, if only I’d got enough sleep, cut back on the booze and eaten my greens. I could have had my Nobel peace prize by now. Not me! And I’m guessing not you either!

So I have decided to write a series of articles on tips and tricks on how to survive life on the road/plane/boat/ mountain-top/whatever in order to help any of you out there looking to improve the way you eat, think and feel. obviously I’m a vegan and a raw one at that. You may not be, but you can’t deny the importance of fruit and veggies in the diet, especially greens and especially as fresh and organic as possible. When you’re traveling though and you haven’t had a chance to eat all day, there’s not a restaurant or open store around, or your buddies driving the van don’t give a damn and won’t stop for you to go buy some bananas at the corner store, there’s something to be said for the energy bar.

I take stacks and stacks of the things with me wherever i go, literally. I should be ordering them by the case! Pre or post-workout when you need to top up your blood sugar, at 3 or 4pm in the afternoon when you feel like you’re about to kill someone because you haven’t eaten, on your second flight for the day with no time in between connections to eat and no food offered on the plane, on a tour bus crossing the Mississippi at midnight, any or all of these places and situations – could be rescued simply by planning ahead and packing yourself a couple emergency energy bars. You can get them in all kinds of different types and flavours, from chocolate to fruit and nut to apple, coconut, whatever. There’s definitely something for everyone!

My favourite ones that are generally reasonably readily available (I’ll go into more detail in the future about this) vegan and raw contain no dairy, no wheat, no artificial sugar – in fact no artificial anything just all sorts of natural goodness are :

Larabars

Raw Revolution Bars

Pure Bars

So Lifesaver number 1: Go to the store or look online at energy bars/granola bars etc that don’t contain high fructose corn syrup/ too much sugar/artificial flavours/additives and other weird ingredients. Make sure they don’t contain anything you’re allergic to/don’t eat (i.e. for me I always make sure they are completely vegan (no animal products), gluten-free (no wheat etc products) and preferably raw!- if you are allergic to nuts or soy etc be sure there’s none in there!) Pick a couple out to try. Experiment with them until you find one or two favourites. Invest in a stash and take them with you whenever you think you might get caught with low blood sugar, a growling belly and/ or food options that really don’t sound like food to you because at the end of the day, your body and what you put into it are your responsibility, not your boyfriend’s, not your wife’s, not your mum’s, not your tour manager’s, not your airline’s, not your boss’s, not your best friend’s, not your waiter’s, and with just a little thought and planning and the decision to do the best for our bodies and the earth and animals (if you are vegan like myself) etc nothing can stop us from being at our best, healthiest and most awesome, even if we are lost somewhere in the middle of Yemen!