What I Ate on Our Family USA Road Trip on My Raw Vegan Diet?
Let me take you on my flavoursome odyssey as we share the highlights of our family road trip while embracing the richness of a raw vegan diet. From sunrise to sunset, discover the delectable array of plant-based wonders that fuelled our adventure.
Just because the rest of our 7 member family pack, who was on this USA road trip, eat a standard diet and they love going to standard food restaurants, while I am the only one on a vegan, let alone raw vegan diet, in our family, this difference was not an obstacle for me to happily travel with my family across the States.
In this blog post and video you will see what did I eat exactly in a typical day on our family USA road trip. Different states, different cities, different circumstances, but my diet remained unchanged: fresh fruits and vegetable is what was seen in my plates.
Join us in this culinary exploration, where a raw vegan lifestyle seamlessly blends with the joys of travel. From roadside treasures to family feasts, our road trip was not just a journey across the USA, but a celebration of wholesome, raw, and delicious living.
If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know that since 2005 I’ve been eating a vegan diet, and since 2012 I’ve been eating exclusively fresh fruits and vegetables with moderate amounts of nuts and seeds.
And if you been following my IG profile – Health Glows – then you had a chance to follow our recent family trip through my stories.
The whole trip lasted 12 days, and on this trip were my 3 brothers (I have 4 brothers, but one was not able to join us this time due to personal reasons) 1 sister, 1 of my brothers’ wife, our mom and me. So, there were seven of us.
This was truly a dream trip, not only because of all the wonderful places we visited, but because we spent 12 days together and created beautiful experiences and unforgettable memories.
When you are the only one on a raw vegan diet
While the rest of my family eats a standard diet, with my sister not eating meat, I am the only one who eats a diet of fresh plant food.
One of the most common challenges that my coaching clients present to me in their efforts to eat a raw diet is how to stay consistent in social situations or at family gatherings at which they are most often lonely in their dietary choices.
In these blog and video I want to share with you some ideas and a lot of inspiration to stay true to yourself, while at the same time be part of the family.
But before we move on, I would like to give you a GIFT that will, I believe, help you navigate through holidays and family gatherings on your raw vegan diet.
I hope you got your free e-book Raw Vegan During the Holidays. And now, let’s move on with today’s topic!
First of all, let’s explore why would anyone eat a raw vegan diet?
What Are the Health Benefits of a Raw Vegan Diet?
A raw vegan diet offers a myriad of health benefits, making it a popular choice for those seeking a wholesome lifestyle. Here are key advantages:
- Nutrient-Rich Goodness
Consuming a variety of raw, plant-based foods ensures a rich intake of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These nutrients promote overall well-being, support immune function, and contribute to radiant skin and hair.
- Enhanced Digestive Health
The abundance of fibre in raw vegan foods aids digestion and promotes a healthy gut. Improved digestion can alleviate issues such as bloating and constipation, fostering a more comfortable and efficient digestive system.
- Natural Energy Boost
Raw vegan diets are known to provide a sustained energy boost. The natural sugars in fruits and the complex carbohydrates in vegetables offer a steady release of energy, reducing reliance on processed foods and artificial stimulants.
- Weight Management
Many individuals turn to raw veganism as an effective way to manage weight. The emphasis on nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods helps maintain a healthy weight, while the abundance of fiber contributes to a feeling of fullness.
- Disease Prevention
The high intake of fruits and vegetables has been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. The powerful antioxidants found in these foods contribute to cellular health and may offer protection against oxidative stress.
- Environmental Impact
Adopting a raw vegan diet aligns with eco-conscious living. By reducing reliance on animal products, individuals contribute to lower carbon footprints and sustainable food practices, supporting a healthier planet.
Remember, before making significant dietary changes, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian to ensure your nutritional needs are met.
Embracing a raw vegan lifestyle can be transformative, providing a path to holistic well-being and a more mindful approach to nutrition.
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How to stay on a raw vegan diet in restaurants
Through the following pictures, I will present you some examples of my meals on this trip. Notice that we mostly ate at restaurants.
I want to mention that it is absolutely clear to me that in a restaurant you do not pay only for the ordered food and drinks, but also for the entire ambience and service. And of course, all of that has its price and I respect it.
If I happen to enter a restaurant or caffe by myself, with my prepared food in my bag, I always order some fresh juice or water, and only then I ask if it is okay that I eat the fresh fruit or vegetables that I brought with me.
However, if I enter a restaurant in a group of people, and I sit at that table that will definitely make a bill, I feel that it is okay to ask the staff to eat my own food at that same table.
First of all – preparation! I pack my food neatly and take it with me.
Upon entering a restaurant, I would simply politely address the manager / waiter / receptionist with the following words:
- Hi! I came here with my family, and they will make an order for them. However, I am on a specific dietary regime, so I have brought some fresh fruits/vegetables with me. Would it be okay if I sit with them at the table and eat my own food, please?
In every restaurant on that trip, I got nothing else but the kindest and most helpful responses to this request of mine. Every time I was allowed to eat my food without the slightest complain. It is usually NOT allowed to bring into the restaurant cooked food, but when they hear that it’s fresh fruit/vegetables, they most often don’t mind.
I do remember, though, it happened 2 times in previous years, that I called the restaurant in advance, asked to bring fresh fruit with me, but they told me that their policy did not allow it. I then asked them to just mash a couple of bananas, and top them with a grated apple and a bit of cinnamon and serve that to me. They did it very gladly and professionally!
Why you should exercise even when traveling?
First and foremost – exercise, because exercise is part of a diet. The excuse of not exercising just because you are traveling is a very unhealthy and illogical excuse. I repeat – exercise is part of a diet. It is necessary to:
- open, so to speak, the doors for glucose on the cells,
- ensure proper integration of calcium in the bones,
- break down muscle fibers in order to have new ones built through recovery,
- stimulate the lymphatic and circulatory system to work in order to ensure maximum delivery of nutrients to the cells,
- get the intestines working to ensure optimal elimination.
But I get you – when you are on a trip, especially family trip that is packed with activities from early morning until you go to sleep, it is hard to squeeze in some fitness routine.
Having said that, I do believe that at least 5 minutes of exercising a day should always be done because the health benefits of exercising daily are numerous. And the opposite is true: when you skip a day with exercising, the drawbacks in regard to your health are numerous.
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What did I eat on our family road trip in the US on a raw vegan diet?
And now, let’s get to the examples from this trip.
- In this picture below you can see how I usurped the unused cabinet under the kitchen sink at our accommodation in Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- In this picture you can see my dinner that I made at our accommodation in Boston, Massachusetts, while the rest of the family ordered pizza. I made myself zucchini spaghetti in avocado sauce, seasoned with dried sweet red pepper, with fresh sweet corn and romaine salad. This raw vegan dinner was delicious.
- Here we were at a steakhouse at the Grand Canyon National Park, I had my celery juice and tangerines.
- This is my hotel room dinner in Page, Arizona – very simple and extremely delicious: romaine lettuce, half an avocado, fresh sweet corn, 2 tablespoons of fresh sweet peas, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, portobello mushroom.
- This dinner was so simple, yet so practical, quick, delicious and healthy. First, I just laid out all the ingredients on small hotel room table, using literally just paper towels as plates. And then I would assembly one by one raw vegan taco and eat it.
- And this is one of my brothers and I at a pizza place in Manhattan, NYC. While he ordered a pizza, I was allowed to eat my packed dinner. The ingredients were the same as when I made my dinner in the hotel room.
And these few examples show you how almost all of my meals on this trip looked like.
I sincerely hope that I have given you some practical and useful ideas and a lot of inspiration. Remember: you can be part of family gatherings while staying loyal to your own dietary choices and life principles.
Before you go, please make sure you grab the GIFT I have created for you because it will help you stay on a raw vegan diet through the holiday season and family gatherings.
Please, tell me in the comments – do you like these ideas and how do you eat when you are at a social or family gathering?
Until next time, I am sending you lots of regards and keep glowing,
Marina from Health Glows
As a certified raw vegan diet and healthy lifestyle coach, Marina helps her clients and followers to transition to a raw vegan diet in a proven and sustainable way, along with incorporating an exercise program for staying fit long term, in order to get rid of health problems and build a high level of health.