17 December 2019

Part 1 Alternative Diets and Veganism While Traveling Abroad

This video is Part 1 of a 2 part Live discussing necessary adjustments to diet when doing major international travels. It also discusses ways to prepare oneself for ...

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nervously Matta today it hit me that I need to go a little deeper into what it means to travel abroad and have an alternative lifestyle particularly one pertaining to how you eat your diet and the reason why it's important that I do this video is because for many many years I did the very raw vegan lifestyle and I feel made it my business to make sure I was doing a lot of international travel with my daughter in particular and and I want to talk a little bit about it because people don't understand that you know America is its own entity is its only thing you know the things that we can get here at Whole Foods at the health food stores and all that other places they don't have all of that usually you know there are locations on the planet that you know on the globe that you can go through that do have you know specialty shops and things like that and you can go get your alternative foods and and of course in most places especially if you go in the so called third world are going to have markets where you can get you know produce that's been grown in people's yards you know so just very subsistence farming

related food items and like what we could go and see when we go to a farmers market in the US but ultimately trying to live a certain type of lifestyle while you're traveling to places like Africa and South America and different places it can be really tricky I would say my background I've spent a lot of time in parts of West Africa in South America mainly in Brazil and parts of Central America and different parts you know of Europe different things like that so in many of those places there are you know specialty shops where you can get your alternative foods you're vegan and improves your quinoa your things like that usually these are places where everything is super marked up super expensive but you can access but I'm not going to say they're on in every town or on every corner or anywhere where it's really really easy so you have to learn how to adjust to the environment that you're in one of the things I tell people when they're traveling and they're like diehards and they're super dogmatic vegans and raw vegans and stuff like that is that they still need to try to like allow for flexibility and all of that because you

know some places I remember when I lived in Brazil it was so difficult they just they didn't have a concept of what I was talking about in terms of I don't want meat you know what I mean they didn't understand I don't want meat I don't want there so for them they thought that you not wanting meat meant maybe moving the meat portion of the dish to the side same cottony you know what I mean moving it to the side and and still giving you the food I have the whole meat energy in it right so you know you you go and you learn the language and you try to express what you want to people and other in other places and they still don't know what you're talking about so it's very important that when you're getting ready to establish a travel lifestyle or get out there in the world that you realize that everyone culturally is not gonna understand what it is you come from where you come from the fact that there's this concept of not ingesting animal fats and all of these things everybody's not up on that and so I think it's very important that if you're going to stick to that and that's really

important for you that you prepare yourself for some shocks one and that you make sure that you're very hands-on with your food so what I like to do is suggest the people that they kind of take a pack of some essentials with them um that can kind of fill in if they're if there's somewhere like in a country that doesn't support their lifestyle in terms of veganism raw food eating all of these things so you know you may like say you're going to West Africa for a month and you don't you're not sure what its gonna be like in terms of food you know West Africa's gonna be like a lot of provision provisions a lot of yams different things like that but it's also going to be a lot of rice a lot of vegans and stuff in there eating a lot of rice these days or they might only eat a particular lace you might not have all these options when you travel so it's important that you bring with you maybe the quinoa that you like maybe amaranth if you eat that some of these things you know I spend a lot of time in Senegal and Senegal they eat a lot of millets so you know you can access these alternative grains in certain places

with some places it's going to be a really difficult you might want to bring a little store that you know think about what it's going to how it's going to impact the weight of your your travel gear of the things that you're checking and and and pack some of that stuff up a few counts of it you know bring with you whatever supplements for me and you're not necessarily going to be able to go buy spirulina you're not necessarily you can in a lot of parts of West Africa for instance fine marina in some point but you have to know how to look for that how to ask for that all of these things that you might want to pack of some Moringa powder if that's something that you're supplementing with um there's so many things that you need to consider when you get ready to travel that everyone just doesn't have your your take on on reality and that the United States that are coming from the United States is a very particular thing that doesn't actually translate for most parts of the world yes the worst of Western world is really into you know catering to different dietary lifestyles and things like that but everyone else is like still you know still eating from

the earth eating animal products eating dairy eating all the things that we say is just so horrible and original people didn't do that and all these things but the reality is people have been doing it for hundreds and thousands of years so you know you need to be preparing yourself for that reality and I think it's important folks understand that up front I mean I know people who won't even travel abroad or they're so scared they're not gonna be able to maintain their diet and there is something to say for you know being able to maintain a certain lifestyle in terms of your food but also I think it's very important that we maintain a flexible mind - you know because anything that you are harping on in an extreme way you know becoming dogmatic enough about can create blockage of your life period so if you're someone that has an inner desire to travel so many countries but you can't do it because you're and I'm seeing this you're concerned that out and you're you won't be able to eat the way you're used to and things like that yeah that's a block you know and so these are things to consider make sure

you take with you again any grains if there's any for instance beans or protein products that you really like and say you're traveling somewhere where they don't have something that vegans like lentils like dal lentils you take those with you I will tell you though most parts of the world that I go to you can find your basic provision you know you can find your dry beans you can find your own your the grains swell all the grains you want but some of the grains you want you can certainly find produce I kind of stick to the tropics more so you know finding these things it's not that hard but it is really difficult if you want to go have the real experience where you're like out you're eating street food you're eating food and restaurants and stuff like that they're not always gonna understand what you're talking about where you tell me we don't eat even I spent a lot of time like honor many many years ago and in their same West Africa and I mean they really just didn't know their English speakers but they didn't know what I was talking about when I told them that I didn't eat meat or then I was its vegan and all these things maybe over the years

they've learned so there are communities in that area of the world that are exposing everyone to different in alternative lifestyles of the Hebrew Israelites and stuff but at the time when I was there they just didn't when there I was talking about and what that meant for them in the kitchen when they were preparing the fruit so you know and actually a friend of mine just came from from Ghana and let me know that it was still the same that people still didn't understand vegan I don't eat that please no meat no cheat they still don't know what you're talking about so it's just really and I think it's important in general for us to to maintain flexibility when we're getting into a global excursion getting out there in the world experiencing different things a lot of people don't understand that what we do and what we stick to here in the United States just doesn't apply everywhere it's a very niche thing most of the world is you know exploring different parts of the world and multi-label they're doing different things and the United States is just a little hub and it's very distinctly you know limited

and so I'm not telling people to go out and eat meat and try all the foods and they travel and all these things that you don't feel that you don't feel that but just maintain and