January 8, 2020 at 12:42 am #4567
Friends, what do you do when you forget to pack snacks or meals when you’re away from home? Does the lifestyle impact your willingness to travel?
January 8, 2020 at 12:43 am #4568
That is a great question Trish! For us, I think it does change the way we think about travel; whether that means for the day or even for vacation. I (Robyn) have always been annoyed about dealing with food away from home. Even before we went WFPB, I didn’t like trying to figure out what to eat. When I traveled for business it wasn’t uncommon for me to skip meals.
That said, we have found that it’s just as easy to pop into a grocery store and buy fruits/veggies and some whole-grain bread as it is to eat junk from a fast food place. And when I am at a business lunch or dinner meeting, most sit-down places will accommodate a vegan request. You can’t get away from the oil in most cases, but you can ask them to minimize it.
As for vacations, we stay in places that have a kitchen and often pack at least a few servings of oatmeal.
What has been your experience eating away from home so far?
January 8, 2020 at 12:43 am #4569
Great tips, Robyn!
Not only am I trying to eat WFPB, but trying to avoid foods I’m allergic to at the same time. I’m probably about 80% WFPB at this point. And, I’ve eliminated nearly all animal-based proteins from my diet.
The thing that is tough for me (and maybe for others, too) is that I don’t want to make a fuss. I want to sit down and order, knowing the food I choose will not make me feel ill. When possible, I look for the menu items online before I get to a restaurant. I often ask for an allergy menu or look for items listed vegan.
I am often frustrated by the lack of knowledge from staff and lack of care/concern for my dietary needs at most restaurants. That’s why I always carry back up food in my bag, just in case.
January 8, 2020 at 12:43 am #4570
I agree with you! Staff at restaurants can be very flippant. I’d like to be able to make excuses for them but I can’t. The lack of care about health in this country is rampant. I know someone who is deathly allergic to tomatoes and has ended up in the ER more than once after someone assured her there were sure there were no tomatoes in a dish.
I think we need to change the way we, as customers, think about it. I too don’t want to make a fuss. But then I remember, I am PAYING them. It is their job to provide a service. I do everything I can to be be prepared (looking at the menu online etc) but they often don’t list the ingredients. So we have to ask. (Did you know McDonald’s uses beef to flavor their fries? But on their website it just says “natural flavors.”)
Taking care of our health and well-being is our first responsibility. Not “annoying” the waitstaff is a very distant second.
We have found a few places that have been very accommodating. We frequent those when we go out. Someday in the future it would be fun to do a WFPB weekend where all the foods are healthy and labeled so everyone could eat without drama.
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