I just came back from two weeks in Mexico and I thought I would share with you what my experience with food is when I’m travelling. I love to travel but it can be challenging at times, especially if you try to keep up with some sort of diet. My husband is a strict vegan and has a hard time, to say the least, to eat food that works for him.
Years of backpacking in Asia have sharpened my senses. When travelling, I err on the cautious side. Always! I spent a lot of time in India when I was younger and my diet was strictly vegetarian and I would follow the common sense rules: boiled or filtered water, fruits that can be peeled, cooked food rather than raw, popular restaurants with a lot of traffic etc…
Do you miss on local delicacies doing so? Most definitely, but for me, the most important was to stay healthy. Being sick, especially when you are travelling alone (as I was doing in those days) can be a horrible experience especially in a country that is foreign to you.
So I have to admit that for the most part my travel diet back then consisted of rice, vegetables…and coca cola.
Now that I have a family, my travel is a bit less adventurous and we pick holidays that are relatively easy. Being from France, we often travel to Europe, which is not problematic at all, rather enjoyable but maybe a bit less for my vegan hubby. What I enjoy the most when I come back home is to eat good bread. I didn’t realize how drastically different the quality of bread (and perhaps produce in general) is in France. I live for those French breakfasts that consist of fresh baguette, croissants and home made jam.
I have found that feeding my daughter in Europe is as easy as it is at home, especially when grandma makes delicious food, such as mashed potatoes or pies.
On our last trip to Mexico, food was easy in the sense that an abundance of various foods was available at all times. What was less easy was to actually restrain yourself from overeating, but I learned my lessons fast. The first time at his resort, several months ago, I was eager to try everything. This time around, I observed some sort of basic discipline and felt so much better. I had a lot of rice, vegetables and grilled fish for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was fruit, such as papaya, watermelon, pineapple and melon. When it comes to alcohol, sipping a margarita sitting on a beach is always enjoyable but again what is less enjoyable, is the amount of sugar that you get from these drinks so I kept to a couple of glasses of white wine, a beer here or there and that’s it.
Transport wise, I notoriously always carry water and some sort of snacks in my bag, such as nuts or granola bars. So I leave very little chance to starving or dying from thirst…and that’s the case even when I’m going on a short ride to the supermarket.
When there is a plane ride involved, I try to bring my own food. This is pretty new to me but on a recent flight, I purchased a sandwich that was still mostly frozen and that did it for me. Even when flying business class, I find that my body just tends not to agree with airplane food. So on our recent flight to Mexico, I came prepared. I packed a quinoa and kale tabbouleh and some falafels.
I was so happy eating this in the plane and my body really thanked me. Even one of the flight attendants stopped me and said that this looked delicious. All that green vibrancy is not something you typically get on a plane!
I am curious, what are your rules when it comes to eating and travelling?