Day 56: Healthy Traveling

Juice Feasting and Travel, Raw on the Road, Airport Food Reviews, Backpacking and Raw Food

Welcome to Day 56!


Traveling with the knowledge and application of nutrient dense foods and proper care for personal hygiene goes a long, long way to making for a better trip. We diligently plan, and often travel at great expense to places we may not see again for some time, or ever. Sick or low-energy days on travel are inconvenient, and, with better foods and practices, are far less likely.

Something we would like to note about our experience traveling all over the U.S. eating raw is that a Vitamix is nearly indispensable. Being able to make juices or green smoothies, soups, and sorbets in it makes travel so much more enjoyable.

Traveling in the Raw

You can travel successfully on raw food, EVEN JUICE FEASTING, but it does take some planning and knowledge. The information in this file has been gathered by much work, thought, and experience in the vegan/raw food community, making traveling and eating raw food much more possible.

Read through the attached file, “Traveling in the Raw” for some great food and hygiene practices for Live Food Travel from the expert, Gabriel Cousens, M.D. You will also find an interesting practice, Airplane Yoga!


+ Yeti Cooler or Similar Cooler
+ Quart Sized Nalgene Jars (8)
+ Chef’s Knife with a Sheath that can go in your Yeti
+ Nut Milk Bag in a Ziplock
+ Roll-up cutting board
+ Spoon
+ Watermelon
+ Lemons / Oranges / Grapefruit

+ Spirulina Powder
+ Chlorella Powder
+ Vitamineral Green

+ Hemp Oil (1 Tablespoon a Day) (in your Yeti Cooler)
+ EPA/DHA Daily through a Vegan Supplement or Carlson’s Fish Oil

Airport Food Reviews

Compiled by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, what you will find is a review of the food at 14 busiest airports in the U.S. They report that 12% more airports are offering healthy items at their restaurants (as of 2013). See what they have to say about your regular or future airports for travel.

Radiation Exposure at the Airport

This file has been created due to a question from a student of ours who was doing a lot of traveling for business AND JUICE FEASTING simultaneously. It has been updated to reflect the radiation exposure from TSA backscatter machines, which have now been deemed unsafe.

By the way, it is amazing how many juice bars there are out there now. When you travel, check ahead online for their locations. . . So the question was whether or not the X-Ray machines at the airports are damaging our juices, Vitamineral Green, etc. Check out the download!

Juicy Tips: Raw Restauranteur

Victoria Boutenko had a great suggestion that I wanted to pass on to you: carry a card with you to direct the waiter at the restaurant to give to the chef. On that card can be written the salad ingredients that are suitable for you to maintain the best health possible. We show you this today to help you understand that after the Juice Feast, you social life will continue. In fact, it is going to improve, partly because of the switched-on people that are coming (or are going to come) into your life! Here is a look at a smaller version of the restaurant card we will provide for you on Day 83, shown to the right.

And eat at home before you go out! While Juice Feasting, drink Juice, and stay out of restaurants! Your health and sanity are worth it. If you must go, take plenty of juice with you, and order tea.

Ultralightweight Backpacking and Nutrient-Dense Foods

This file is the product of over 2500 miles of ultralightweight backpacking myself. I (David) have compared backpacking methods both in equipment and food for years, and am certain that I have come up with the ultimate combination of nutrition and gear, presented for your benefit here!

Travel better than ever before!

See you in The Green Room!


Vagabonding Presentation with Author Rolf Potts. Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life - from six weeks, to four months, to two years - to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Award-winning writer (and veteran shoestring traveler) Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel.

Theme Music: “Travelin’ Band” by CCR Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Lightweight and Ultralightweight Backpacking Basics.


Inspiration: Appalachian Trail: Do MORE with LESS.

500 - 2 second clips from an appalachian trail thru hike
2,187 mile hike
5 months and 3 week hike
appalachian trail 2013
Georgia to Maine
lots of magic
lots of good people, the appalachian trail is awesome.


Today’s Downloads

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ultralight backpacking and nutrient-dense foods

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

Fantastic, tried and true information on the best combination in outdoor adventuring: ultra-lightweight gear and nutrient dense food for the journey.

Inside, you will find foods, gear, and the absolute best sites and resources to shave hundreds of hours and loads of pounds off your pack, no matter what your journey.

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traveling in the raw

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

You can travel successfully on raw food, EVEN JUICE FEASTING, but it does take some planning and knowledge. The information in this file has been gathered by much work, thought, and experience in the vegan/raw food community, making traveling and eating raw food much more possible. Have a great trip!

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radiation exposure at the airport

by David Rainoshek, M.A.

This file has been created due to a question from a student of mine who was doing a lot of traveling for business AND JUICE FEASTING simultaneously. It has been updated to reflect the radiation exposure from TSA backscatter machines, which have now been deemed unsafe.

By the way, it is amazing how many juice bars there are out there now. When you travel, check ahead online for their locations. . .

So the question was whether or not the machines at the airports are damaging our juices, Vitamineral Green, etc. Check out the file!

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2013 airport food review

by The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

As 24 million travelers prepare to descend on the nation’s airports, nutrition experts with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) have reviewed the food served at some of the country’s busiest airports. PCRM’s 12th report reveals that many airport restaurants include healthful options on their menus. In 2001, the average score in the Airport Food Review was 57 percent. This score has risen 19 points to 76 percent. But a few of the nation’s busiest airports leave travelers few options for healthful meals.

After examining 18 major airports—including ones in Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C., that are expected to be the busiest at Thanksgiving this year—PCRM dietitians found that 76 percent of airport restaurants now offer at least one low-fat, high-fiber, cholesterol-free vegetarian entrée.

Newark Liberty International Airport received a score of 92 percent and topped the list for the first time. It’s an impressive ascent for Newark, which has a turbulent past—bouncing between ninth place at its worst and third place at its best. But healthful choices are still difficult to find at some airports: Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport land in the bottom spots for the third year in a row.

Online Articles

Herbs for Traveling by Brigitte Mars

If you are going to spend the time and money to travel, it’s wise to insure the trip will be enjoyed in good health. Being sick away from the comforts of home can be a major drag and downright dangerous.

Be in good health before leaving. Hustling to do last minute errands and bon voyage parties can leave one stressed and exhausted.

Flying is dehydrating and takes a toll on the skin. Drinking one glass of water for every hour in flight is ideal. Bring a big bottle of water with you. Coffee and alcohol are dehydrating. Taking shoes off and using earplugs can help one through a long flight. Keep some toiletries with you so you can brush your teeth and wash your face to feel refreshed before landing. On long flights be sure to get up to stretch and move every couple of hours to prevent blood clots.

Great Books

By Ray Jardine

THIS IS THE ULTRALIGHTWEIGHT BACKPACKING BIBLE, and the Rainoshek’s personal resource for almost everything ultralightweight.

This is Ray Jardine’s new, full-colour, 2009 edition of his best-selling book “Beyond Backpacking”. Now full of colour photos and diagrams, this new title reflects a multitude of updated information, detailing Ray Jardine’s lightweight backpacking techniques, his gear, and his methods for enjoyable and safe trekking and camping.

Sections and chapters include Packweight, Equipment, Food, Water, Trail Biology, Sewing Your Own Gear, Hiker’s Well-Being, Wilderness Skills, Insects, Long-Distance Trekking, a chapter specifically for women, and much more. “Trail Life” will be the new standard reference book for the backpacker.

If you have ever thought your pack weighed too much on a week long hike, this book shows hikers how to cut the weight out and explodes myths about heavy equipment. This is the most comprehensive long distance trekking guide ever written. A lightweight approach to backpacking is here to stay. “Trail Life” is for all hikers, at all levels of experience, from beginners to the most advanced. It includes 400 pages, over 50 chapters with more than 230 colour photos.

The author and his wife have hiked well over 25,000 miles along all the well known trails as well as a myriad of other routes. Their experiences will prove to be an invaluable guide for those who love to hike and those who seek the solitude of the outdoors.

By Rolf Potts

Vagabonding is about taking time off from your normal life—from six weeks to four months to two years—to discover and experience the world on your own terms. Veteran shoestring traveler Rolf Potts shows how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. Potts gives the necessary information on:

• financing your travel time
• determining your destination
• adjusting to life on the road
• working and volunteering overseas
• handling travel adversity
• re-assimilating back into ordinary life

Not just a plan of action, vagabonding is an outlook on life that emphasizes creativity, discovery, and the growth of the spirit.

By Colin Wright

How to Travel Full Time is a collection of practical tips and stories by full time traveler and author, Colin Wright.

This book is intended to help aspiring long term or full time travelers prepare themselves for life on the road, with information and inspiration on preparing your new lifestyle, getting set up when you arrive, and every step in between.

Chapters cover:

Your motivations for traveling.
Ramifications of you starting up a new life on the road.
How full time travel will impact your relationships and professional life.
Optimal methods for planning your new lifestyle.
Packing and preparation tricks.
How to deal with money and start freedom businesses from the road (and what you should do about both before you leave).
Building online platforms for professional and personal purposes.
How to cope with pushback from friends and family, and how to deal with your own last-minute doubt.
The first things to do when you arrive in a new country.
Safety tips for travel, and how to safely explore a new place.
How to ‘go native’ and live like a local, meet new people and escape the tourist traps.
Cultural relativism, economic disparity and how your philosophies will be challenged while traveling.
How best to capture your adventures and share them with the world.

…and more!

By Zach Davis

Each year, it is estimated that more than 2,000 people set out to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail, yet seven in ten ultimately fall short of their goal. Given the countless number of how-to books and websites offering information about logistics, gear, and endurance training, one would think that more people would finish this 2,200 mile trek. Why then, do so many hikers quit prematurely?

After successfully thru-hiking the AT in five months with zero prior backpacking experience, author, Zach Davis, is convinced he’s discovered the answer. Aspiring thru-hikers, Davis tells readers, are preparing the wrong way- sweating on the StairMaster, meticulously plotting each re-supply box, or obsessing over the a synthetic or down sleeping bag or perfect pair of socks.

While the AT undoubtedly presents extraordinary physical challenges, it is the psychological and emotional struggles that drive people off the trail. Conquering these mental obstacles is the key to success. This groundbreaking book focuses on the most important and overlooked piece of equipment of all- the gear between one’s ears.

Filled with first-hand, touching yet humorous vignettes and down-to-earth advice that both instructs and inspires, Appalachian Trials gives readers the mental road map they’ll need to hike from Springer Mountain to Mt.Katahdin.

In Appalachian Trials readers will learn:

Goal setting techniques that will assure hikers reach Mt. Katahdin

The common early stage pitfalls and how to avoid them

How to beat “the Virginia Blues”

The importance of and meaning behind “hiking your own hike”

5 strategies for unwavering mental endurance

The most common mistake made in the final stretch of the trail

Tips for enjoying rather than enduring each of the five million steps along the journey

Strategies for avoiding post-trail depression and weight gain

In addition, the Bonus Section of Appalachian Trials includes:

A thorough chapter on gear written by thru-hiker of the AT and Pacific Crest Trail, and professional backpack gear reviewer

Information about the trail’s greatest and most unknown risk and how to guard against it

9 tips for saving money before and during your thru-hike

A thorough FAQ section including information ranging from how to obtain sponsorship, to the best stove for the trail, to avoiding chafing, and much more!

By David Miller

In 2003, David Miller left his job, family, and friends to fulfill a dream and hike the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike along the entire 2,172 miles from Georgia to Maine. On page after page, readers are treated to rich descriptions of the valleys and mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the life-changing moments that can only be experienced when dreams are pursued.

While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about safety and proper gear, showing a professional hiker’s preparations and tenacity. This is not merely a travel guide, but a beautifully written and highly personal view into one man’s adventure and what it means to make a lifelong vision come true.

Media, Films, & Documentaries

[Film] The Way

“The Way” is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son , killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago,. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son’s desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn’t plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him. From the unexpected and, oftentimes, amusing experiences along “The Way,” Tom begins to learn what it means to be a citizen of the world again. Through his unresolved relationship with his son, he discovers the difference between “the life we live and the life we choose.”

Walking Home (Full Documentary Parts 1 & 2) | The U.S. Appalachian Trail

The long awaited full-length Appalachian Trail documentary is finally here! Walking Home, Appalachian Trail Documentary Part 1 and Walking Home Appalachian Trail Documentary Part 2 as 1 Full length Thru-Hiking Documentary. What begins as a father and son's thru-hike from Georgia to Maine, grows into a story of self discovery and epic adventure on the Appalachian Trail.

Camino de Santiago | Documentary Film

From the Documentary filmmaker:
I did my Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in April/May 2004. To be authentic, I walked the whole French Way; 34 days, 18 kg of gear, 764 km on foot. I lost 8 kg in weight!

I had read a lot about the Camino being a spiritual experience, and I wanted to try and capture on film my own reactions as I walked the way.

I find watching the film a little difficult, I feel a little embarrassed at just how earnest and honest I was trying to be. But the reaction from viewers has been amazing. Still, all these years later, people contact me thanking me for documenting my journey.

Mountain Laurel Designs Ultralight Backpack

This is the pack that I, David Rainoshek, use for ultralightweight backpacking. Weighs less than a pound empty, as opposed to 6-7 pounds empty for a standard pack, so my packweight is down 5-6 pounds right off the bat.

Ultralight Umbrella Review

Ultralight Umbrella Review. If you've never used an umbrella when hiking in wet weather (or bright sun) you really should consider it. They allow you to hike without any rain gear on so you stay drier and more comfortable. It is also an amazing shade creator for hiking in sunny climates.

This umbrella is lightweight and more sturdy than any umbrella you can get at a store.

Ultralightweight Backpacking Stove

This is an alcohol stove. It weighs practically nothing (maybe the weight of a quarter) and boils approx 12 oz of water in 2 minutes. It's a great stove to replace those bulky camping stoves when out on a backpacking trip.

This is all we use for cooking while backpacking. It weighs nothing, costs almost nothing, and the denatured alcohol it burns does not require pressurization, and has a longer burn time than white gas (which explodes). This means you can - in a pinch - pour the alcohol on wet wood and light a fire if you need to use it that way.

These stoves are excellent, and we have been using them for years.

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