I just came back from Korea and felt so famished. I was there to attend a beauty pageant and I thought I got everything in control. I knew I can go to supermarkets and hoard on fruits and vegetables but little did I know that the trip will be time scheduled and will leave no room for visits in the supermarket. Every morning in the breakfast buffet I would stuff my face with watermelons. They have other fruits like pineapples and frozen lychees but I didn't want to mix watermelons with anything. I would also get bananas from the family mart inside the hotel but it's not enough to fuel my 3000 cal requirement. I struggled with my food especially that people don't understand what being vegan/raw vegan is all about. Our translators were very helpful and very compassionate making sure that I get to eat something. For lunch I would blaze through the buffet table to put a mountainous amount of greens. I'm glad they have a variety of greens from kale, sprouts, raw broccoli and other vegetables. I can't be rest assured that they are organic but that is all I can eat. I didn't want to have fruits because there weren't enough. In some occasions that we don't have buffet the staff will order pizza for everyone and I would get a salad but I won't eat it. The salad comes from pizza hut and it mainly consists of iceberg lettuce which doesn't contain much nutrients so I gave it away. I would literally wait for dinner time and starve myself for a while but still get properly dehydrated. It was challenging because something in me wanted to give in to any kind of food because i was undercarbed but I also knew that it wasn't the right decision. Although in some occasions I have tried eating cooked food because at that moment I had no other options. We went to a traditional korean noodle place and they have nothing but noodles. I ordered a korean mung bean soup which had only mung beans and udon noodles. It was unsalted, no onions, no garlic, no oil which suits my requirement. I mostly drank the soup and ate less of the noodles. I was able to go to the E-mart (korean version of walmart) one time and found organic blueberries. I was so thankful i watched John Kohler's video of his south korea trip. That was my guide in choosing the fruits and vegetables as it stated which one has no pesticides, been sprayed a little or heavily. The blueberries weren't sprayed so it was all good. I should have gotten a ton of them if I knew that would be my first and last visit in a supermarket.
In summary, fruit is still the best source of life-force and energy. On my way back, i stumbled upon a smoothie in a bottle. I got 8-10 of them and had that for dinner. My first gulp of the strawberry smoothie was so comforting and heartwarming. Kind of like telling me that it's okay, I have survived and now I can enjoy the delicious goodness of a fresh strawberry smoothie.
It was so good!!
Oh well, so many things i have learned in that trip..I shouldn't put myself in a compromising situation like that ever again. It's always best to surround yourself with fruits and vegetables and everything will flow smoothly. If in a challenging situation, just make sure you KNOW what you're doing. :)