At home, I have a juicer, a blender and a greenly accessorized fridge. On the road and while camping I have a miniature cooler, freaky gas station or local supermarket food and maybe a knife if I can find it in the trunk of the car. Maybe.
Needless to say maintaining my usual healthy diet is downright impossible and any type of healthy diet is somewhat of a challenge. But hey, you gotta make due. Impossible is nothing and all that. But Croatia was probably the most challenging country in terms of healthy food available: I’ve never had more disappointing trips to the supermarket in my life. But here’s how I personally handled maintaining semi-healthy habits in terms of food while on the road or on a campsite. Cheers.
B.Y.O. Healthy Stuff. Be smart about it though: Don’t bring things that spoil easily or that will melt in their package when you leave it in the car in the scorching heat. Go for things like apples, prepacked healthy crackers, dried berries and fruits, almonds and other type of nuts and maybe some (NOT HOMEMADE) raw chocolate bars. Trust me on the last one. Tragic incidents.
Easy Alkaline Trick. One easy healthy thing to keep doing while on vacation is bring/buy a couple of lemons there and put lemon juice in your bottles of water. If you’re in a hot country you’ll be drinking lots of water anyway and by adding lemon juice you will not only have a more flavorful drink, you’ll also bring up the alkalinity of your body.
Work with what’s local. This is going to differ per country but in Croatia the only tolerable fruits were bananas and grapes: so I had those. A LOT.
I’m not really a Grape Person but after a few days of 1-day old bread (we bought it like this in the shitty supermarket), I gladly had a bunch of grapes for breakfast. The moment we arrived at our campsite in Italy I dove into the supermarket and bought baby tomatoes, rocket, bell peppers and made myself an enormous salad for lunch. Bliss.
Have a side salad. More often than not I would look at that sad little pile of lettuce with three slices of tomato or cucumber and say ‘fuck that’.After being in Croatia where the side salad was my only possibility of eating vegetables, I did. It’s not great and doesn’t beat any salad you make yourself, but it’s something.
Try not to freak out over the stuff you eat. Instead try to really enjoy it! Every Magnum Almond I had was like a little party in my mouth. I could look at it rationally enough too: I knew I wouldn’t gain a gamillion pounds overnight. It’s habits that decide our weight gain. Whenever you feel a little gross because of the shit you eat go for a swim, run or do some stretches or exercises. It’s mostly mental, but it will make you feel better.
The good news: After a while what you eat there will only increase your healthy food cravings. When you get home any salad, juice or smoothie will feel like an even better party in your mouth. There is a lot of mouth-partying going on in my house right now, let me tell you. Okay, that came out wrong but you know what I mean.