How to Stick to Your Veggie Diet on the Road
By Alan Olsen
With much of the developed world looking for more ways to be healthy, including eating better, many people have moved towards eating more unconventional diets. In fact, there are so many different specialty diets these days that one can hardly keep track of them all. From vegan to vegetarian and from Atkins to Mediterranean, every different diet promises excellent benefits. No matter what diet you prefer, it can be difficult to stick to a specific diet when you are traveling, unless you live on a fast-food meal plan. So what can someone who is a vegetarian, for example, do when he or she goes on vacation or a business trip?
Plan Ahead and Prepare Your Own
It takes work to stick to a special diet, but it can be done. The real key is to determine how particular and strict you are going to be. One option is to know what will be available in the area you will travel to and what things will you be able to bring, as not all food is allowed to travel from country to country, or even from state to state. If you don’t feel confident in leaving your meals up to someone else, then you might want to stay where you have access to a kitchen so you can make your own meals. However, be sure to properly wash and cook everything before you eat, especially if you aren’t sure where the items come from.
Know the Language or Be Able to Translate
There are some other aspects you need to keep in mind when planning a trip and wanting to stick to your special diet. For example, if you travel to a foreign country where you don’t know the language, then you need to be prepared, especially when it comes to ordering and buying food. If you can’t translate the language yourself, then you need to have contingency plans to make sure you know what you are ordering or buying. If not, you might end up eating something you didn’t want to consume!
Be Prepared for Skeptics
While many people in the United States are very familiar with the vegetarian diet, that’s not necessarily the case in many other countries. In fact, many people might look at vegetarians as though something is wrong with them. So, if you are traveling abroad and you plan to stick to your vegetarian diet, then you will likely have to have some thick skin, because your habits might not be understood or even accepted.
Because you can’t take a full compliment of your favorite food items with you, and you might not be able to find what you’re looking for abroad, you need to be prepared by bringing some essentials with you. Easy items to pack include nuts, protein bars, and dried fruit. The bottom line is that if you plan to be strict with your diet while traveling, then you can’t leave anything to chance.