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Travelling on Business - choosing what cooked foods to eat and staying as raw as possible

Hi guys,

I just found out I will be travelling to Tokyo, Sydney and Melbourne (2 weeks in total) for the first 2 weeks of May. It will be inevitable for me to eat some cooked foods :(( (during dinner and lunches with clients etc) - I was wondering if you guys have any advice about the choices I should make? (e.g. more rice and veg, gluten free, vegan and what to stay away from) and if there are any tips that you can give me so that I am able to stay as raw as possible!

Many thanks for all your help in advance! :)


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It sure will be easy to have access to rice. However, more often than not, it is cooked in animal broth or with fake chicken bouillon cubes containing MSG... and they usually reheat it for you in oil! Sooo.... it's your decision, but rice is not always vegan in those places... even if you ask for plain rice. Potatoes is a surer option. The other night, we had spent the day at the hospital because my husband and daughter had a zip-line accident and I was starving and there was no fruit options at the restaurant. I ordered 3 baked potatoes (clearly explaining I did not want any butter, oil, salt or spice) and it was just perfect. Very filing and healhty. Try to eat as much fruit as possible before you go and make the best decision on a full stomach...

Thanks Catherine! Although in Japan, I think rice will be more readily available than potatoes :( 

Thanks for your Great advice Hayley! :D I think I will do fine for both Sydney and Melbourne but I'm not sure about Toyko - I hope people there will understand English (I can't speak Japanese at all).


That's a great idea to say your allergic then there's no fuse! 

Very well said!

Thanks Lissa : ) I wonder if there is an allowance for dates in my checked baggage (I know both Australia and Japan are quite strict with what you bring into their country). Otherwise, I'd have to go online to find out where I can buy dates from, but many thanks for your tip! I will def. have dates with me when I travel!

Thanks! I have written all your tips and advice down and will bring them with me :) I'll prob be spending half my meals entertaining clients (where I don't get to choose where to eat) and the other half with colleagues (I'm travelling with my boss and one of our co-founders this time) so I might need to do some homework if I were to choose where we should go eat, I'll go check out Happycow now, thanks!

Thanks Jade!! I will DEF. check both of them out :) 

btw, I love your energy! I'm now looking forward to what Aus may bring

I'll try to do more research before I go, I went a couple of times last year (after the earth quake) and do not recall seeing these street vendors :( 

 *Eat before you go out and eat a salad at the social if your goal is high carb raw. Easy.

* Don't eat before you go out and have a big raw grease platter and feel queasy for the next few days.

* Go out and have steamed rice/potato/corn/barley etc with some organic gluten free soy sauce that you bring with you. Tell em your on a special liver diet or whatever if you don't feel comfortable telling the truth that eating what they are eating would make you feel as bad as they do when they are not jacked on caffeine or numbed via booze. ;)

* Cos your travelling so much its easy to say you have just eaten cos missed dinner last night and was ravenous. 

Ive done a lot of experimenting in the last 11 years. Steamed starch vegan dishes are hands down the next best to fruit options. Forget greasy raw options as a caloric source just to 'stay raw' cos all that will do is set you up for a deviation out of high energy ville.

Thanks :) I'm not a big fan of high fat raw so i'm never tempted.

I have no problem telling people what they eat will kill them - its just that my boss is ignorant. One of my colleagues had a flu last week and he said - its because you are not smoking enough! must smoke more! LOL - i have basically given up on him.

By the way, what are your views on wheat? (i.e. whole wheat bread, pasta etc etc) thanks!!



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