In the year long preparation for living and traveling full time on the road, i have become comfortable with two basic staples, Quinoa and Tempeh, in my diet that provide for my need of carbohydrates and proteins and satisfies my particular taste preferences. Adding vegetables, fruits, and nuts (and water, of course) provides me with a nutritionally adequate, albeit basic, diet to suit my minimalist lifestyle.
Quinoa: After cooking, which is the way i prepare it for eating, quinoa is 72% water, 21% carbohydrates, 4% protein, and 2% fat. In a 100 g (3.5 oz) serving, cooked quinoa provides 120 calories and is an excellent source of manganese and phosphorus (30% and 22% DV, respectively), and a moderate source (10-19% DV) of dietary fiber, folate, and the dietary minerals, iron, zinc, and magnesium.
Tempeh: Tempeh is a traditional soy product originating from Indonesia. It is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form. It is unique among major traditional soy foods in that it is the only one that did not originate from Greater Chinese cuisine. Per 100 grams, it contains approximately 20 grams of protein, B vitamins, and minerals. Though i still eat fish and an occasional egg, Tempeh has become my choice in providing protein in my diet.
Here are some links to a few helpful articles on food…
Ideas for healthy eating
How i cook on the road
Ideas for quick and easy meals to cook on the road
How to eat healthy on the road (when you don’t have time to cook)
Though i may not yet have found a diet that works for me, i am getting there.
Dog food intrigues me. Matilda does very well on a steady diet of it. It seems to provide her body everything it needs to live.
Through experimentation with meal replacement products i was hoping for a single source of source of nutrition that would provide all my sustenance needs – just as Matilda’s food provides all her needs. And food preparation would be a snap! I never enjoyed cooking.
Though the meal replacement products i have experimented with appear to be well thought out efforts to provide a well-balanced diet, the one-size-fits-all products that may be necessary to insure sales and profitability weren’t working for me. Diabetes and other health issues are the reasons. My body did not react well to some of the ingredients in these blends of foods.
With a year long preparation underway for a life of travel and living off the grid, i thought that this would be a good opportunity for moving towards a diet that works for me and would be consistent with my life on the road.
So here’s a couple of ways i’m doing this…
- I don’t keep anything in the house that I shouldn’t eat.
- I make it difficult to get to a store to buy the food i shouldn’t eat.
Both of these rules are not easy to follow. Each requires a certain amount of will power to be successful but by far a lot less than the will power i need to avoid a cinnamon bun sitting in the refrigerator.