Fraser Kershaw Veggies Out with Vegan Vagabonds

Fraser Kershaw

Fraser Kershaw

The vegan lifestyle has moved into the mainstream and into many parts of the world. Vegan sections have now become a little more common on restaurant menus around the globe. But, be careful about some entrees that are not specifically marked as vegan, especially in rural areas around the world, where beef and other meats are important staples. In these instances, you may clarify to a waiter that you are a vegan, and yet be served something that is not 100% vegan.

Fraser Kershaw leads camera crews and medical teams around the world. He is part of a team that is filming a movie about the stories within the water crisis while they furnish clean water to people throughout Latin America. The filmmaker discovers superhuman water related stories. They have learned traveling with a group comes with different types of eating habits and in some towns it can be a drag for vegans but there is hope.

Kershaw says, “When I work with a group of vegans I naturally become a vegan for the time we spend together. It makes food preparation easy and I’m open to tasting new delicious meals

Kershaw explains, “If you have allergies or food intolerances on top of being a vegan you may want to consider bringing another suitcase and purchasing all your food before a trip into the jungle and rationing out meals like a squirrel, as there is no guarantees.”

Kershaw works closely and efficiently to give people clean water, while staff treats patients his team moves quickly to the next town or village, which is key for success.

Kershaw says, “There is no time for illnesses or sickness within our team members. If one person goes down with a sickness then it can compromise the success of the trip.”

Kershaw loves to sample foods when he travels around the world. Kershaw says, “but while our palates may be game, our stomach isn’t always up to the challenge so you have know how to fight the craving battles. Everybody needs to take probiotics every day for ninety days before traveling.

Fraser Kershaw washing feet

Fraser Kershaw

Kershaw has to be strict and monitor some of the people traveling with him, as they will cheat and sneak something risky or forbidden that could jeopardize the success.

Kershaw says” I rather not spend half my trip running people to the bathroom. I’m obsessed with preparing people before they come on a trip as I hand out pro-biotics like crack ninety days before each person takes a step on the plane. It’s important to find a middle ground between sampling local cuisines and treating your belly well with pro-biotics.

Kershaw says, “First, understand that the food you eat at home isn’t necessarily “safer” than food abroad; it’s often simply that your body isn’t accustomed to it. One important difference between homegrown and foreign foods is the use of more ‘natural’ fertilizers abroad, which can carry bacteria that could cause intestinal distress, also known as traveler’s tummy.

Your best defense against foodborne illnesses is not to freak out, but to use common sense and with that in mind, we’ve compiled a few tips for eating well and eating safely no matter where you travel.

Kershaw says, “The chant, “Cook it, wash it and soak it in iodine, peel it or forget it.”

Freshly cooked foods are less likely to acquire airborne contaminants, and raw foods such as salads, and fruits and vegetables without peels, are often likely culprits for trouble. Fruits and vegetables with thick skins are usually safe within reason. It’s very important to pack food when travelling as a vegan. At the very least, don’t leave the day without some snacks for the airplane, bus, train or car ride. You never know when unexpected delays will leave you in a place where vegan options are scarce. Pack easy snacks, like vegan energy bars and lots of raw nuts.

Kershaw says, “We never get to eat too many raw vegetables on the road because of the risk. I witnessed our vegan acupuncturist order a spinach salad at an “American chain restaurant” in the middle of a rural town in Latin America. It was like an oasis for him. He enjoyed every bite of that salad and he sat back satisfied after a long day of treating patients. His face changed once he found out that the dressing had bacon stock in it. I tried to be respectful, but his lips puckered rapidly, he snorted and made sounds I never heard before. I laughed because I never saw such a reaction before. He ended up over washing his lips with a wet napkin? The entire week he had chapped lips and every time I looked at him I couldn’t help but laugh. He finally started at himself too. Because eating bacon dressing and surviving is nothing compared to drinking contaminated water and dying?

Kershaw is the host of the new film called, “Behind the Water.” The Director is National Geographic’s Doug Clevenger who teams up with Grammy Award Winning One Republic’s classically trained Cellist and bassist Brent Kutzle’s.

Kershaw’s Tips

– The most common source of dietary problems while traveling is drinking water, including ice.

– As a vegan make sure to eat lots of nuts and other shelled foods as they can keep your blood sugar up and are usually a good choice when your on the road; and don’t use your unwashed hands to put them in your mouth!

– Take probiotics ninety days out before going abroad. Whether you believe in them or not, take them.

You can check out a glimpse of the movie here:

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