Eating for Health While Eating Away from Home

Emily's red cooler for her food while traveling

A few days after making the commitment to eat for health I faced a challenge.  One of my children had an emergency that required immediate medical attention.  Consequently, I ended up spending the majority of the next two months away from home.

From that experience I discovered that it is possible to be a nutritarian anytime, anywhere, under any circumstance.

First of all, I put the above red cooler in the trunk of my car and kept it stocked every couple of days with fresh ice and fruits and vegetables. I stored almonds, raw sunflower seeds and cans of beans in the car; along with some utensils and a gallon of water to wash the produce.

I parked near a drain in the hospital parking garage and “prepared” each meal as needed.  I would fill a plastic sack with a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit, plus a handful of nuts or seeds; and open a can of beans and use a colander to rinse the salt off with water before dumping them into a zip lock bag.

I took my meals to the hospital cafeteria and ate well. (Now that Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Additions canned greens and beans have been created:  Supreme Greens, Moroccan Chickpea and VitaBeanaVegaMin, I’d include them.  They are convenient and delicious with absolutely no salt added!)

The results?  After the crisis subsided and I returned home, I was forty pounds lighter than three months earlier.

Eating for health can be successfully achieved in any situation, under any circumstance.

When one is 100% committed, he/she will always find a way to make it work. No excuses.

How do you eat for health while away from home?  Work? Do you have any tips to share?

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Elijah - October 8, 2009 5:24 PM

I love the cooler idea Emily!

My big tip is that everyone should carry an emergency can of no-salt canned beans. These are awesome to have around and will keep one satiated for quite a while! When the cravings/temptations start just go for the beans. They also make Dr. Fuhrman's canned soups go a bit further when you mix them together. My favorite soup is the Supreme Greens as I have bought over 5 cases of it so far!

moon - October 8, 2009 10:51 PM

walking people through how to make a smoothie is fun when travelling. i recently went to a restaurant that had some very good salads and other tasty food...the next day while away at a retreat in florida i asked them the ingredients of their smoothies...real unsweetened frozen fruit, simple syrup and water. i asked if i could have one with fruit, water and baby spinach since i knew they had it on hand for their salads.

the funniest thing was after all that they asked me if i wanted whipped cream on top...i laughed but she was serious.

Emily Boller - October 9, 2009 4:45 AM

Ah, yes, the Supreme Greens are my favorite also! When life gets busy it is nice to have the simple convenience of opening a can of Dr. Fuhrman's Healthy Additions.

I finally found a local grocery that stocks no-salt beans. That's a great tip Elijah!

Let's all keep those kinds of foods stocked for those times we can't be at home, or for those unexpected/unplanned times when life just gets too busy.

Eating for health really can be successfully achieved anytime, any place, and under the most stressful of circumstances.

Lindy - October 9, 2009 8:42 AM

I would like to know your opinion on the edible fungus, Quorn. It a wonderful convenience food as it comes in many ready-to-cook forms, is protein-rich, low fat, low calorie and cholesterol-free. It is a great addition to all sorts of vegetable-based dishes, especially when cooking for confirmed carnivores, as it tastes just like chicken. My question is whether Dr Fuhrman approves of this product as part of a nutrtarian eating plan.

Ravenette - October 9, 2009 10:04 AM

We have the exact same cooler!!! I've been carting mine around this week to cope with a bunch of extra events. It's so nice to have fresh fruits and veggies at your fingertips.

Sara - October 9, 2009 3:49 PM

Lindy- I doubt Dr. Fuhrman approves of the Quorn products. If for no other reason they are too processed. As far as the fungus I am not sure have heard pro and con.

Laura - October 20, 2009 3:07 PM

I am SO inspired by the "Transformation" page on your site Emily! Thank you so much for posting your journey for us all to read. I am beginning my fourth week of the nutritionist lifestyle and I am relating so very much to your thoughts and progress. Have your husband and children changed their eating habits as well?

Kelly - December 16, 2009 6:56 PM

I am curious if anyone has every successfully carried this off when your travels are by airplane with rental cars, so you really can't cart anything with you.

Deana Ferreri - December 17, 2009 4:13 PM

I've done it sucessfully. You can always carry nuts and dried fruit in your carry-on with you - I did that on my recent 12-day trip to Costa Rica. I didn't even have a rental car, just a rental bike! I got fresh fruits and veggies at the local supermarket for breakfast and lunch, and ordered vegetables, salads, and rice and beans at the restaurants for dinner. No problem!

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