First things first: I just got new glasses! They are awesome and red. I bet you didn’t know that I wear glasses, because I never wear them in pictures.
Truth is, I’m scared of contacts. The whole sticking my finger in my eyeball thing kind of freaks me out.
Anyway, yesterday I went to my first eye exam in nearly three years. How ridiculous is that? You know you need a new prescription when your vision is exactly the same whether your glasses are on or off. So, poof! New glasses. My point? My eyes are adjusting to them as we speak. Things are still a little blurry. So, I decided that it’s the perfect time for this awesome guest post from my good blend (blog friend), JL.
In her post, JL offers some great tips for eating vegan while on vacation!!
My (vegan) travel strategies
Thank you, Rebecca, for this opportunity to share some very basic travel strategies for the new vegan. I have learned so much from reading blogs and yours was one of the first I discovered! It feels good to “give back.”
I started eating vegan in January. I found the transition surprisingly easy (and wonderful and healthy!) The one big obstacle? Travel. I know some vegan bloggers assert “it’s easy, you can eat vegan anywhere!” Sure, if a piece of ice burg lettuce tickles your fancy!
Here are a few ways that I have managed to eat well while traveling:
1. Stay somewhere with a kitchen. In July my husband I spent a week on Lake Waramaug in Connecticut. We rented an apartment at an Inn and I prepped foods for the week. I enjoyed tofu scrambles and green smoothies for breakfast, bean salads and fresh fruit and veggies for snacks. In August we sent to Vermont and stayed at a friend’s home –in a guest house with a refrigerator and stove– so I was able to make some delicious, vegan meals.
3. Pack snacks/portable foods: Cans of beans, juice box-size rice/soy/almond milk, nuts, vegan nutrition bars, dehydrated crackers and fruit. With these foods handy you can snack before going to a restaurant or you can toss some nuts or dried fruit on a boring salad.
4. Let someone else do the work for you. There are some terrific websites dedicated to healthy/vegan travel including Vegan World Trekker, Vegan Backpacker, and The Healthy Voyager. Quarry Girl has great vegan restaurant reviews from cities all over the world.
With a little advance work you can kick up your feet
and enjoy your vacation!
These are just a few ideas. How do YOU eat healthy and well while traveling?
Post-40 JL became a marathoner and triathlete, changed careers and transitioned from vegetarian to vegan. She now blogs about vegan cooking (and wine!) and fitness. JL is a community college administrator and teaches nonprofit management at a local university. She holds a B.A. and M.S. and is currently enrolled in an advanced graduate program on Adult Learning.