One of my favorite foods is oatmeal. It's a complex carb with a high amount of fiber, so you feel full all morning after eating it. It's dirt cheap. It's incredibly easy to make - you stir some boiling water into it. Thus, you can make it even without a full kitchen, like if you're in a hotel. The taste is kind of bland, nothing special, but you get used to it pretty quickly. If you want to spice it up more, any kind of fruit mixes well into it. If you're training, you can stir in flax seed for higher calories and protein, and then it takes on roughly the taste and texture of soft pretzels.
I love the stuff. I eat it whenever I can, which is pretty often. However, there's one downside of oatmeal - it's brutal to clean if you let it dry on a plate.
It's trivially easy to clean if you clean it while it's hot. Run a sponge over it once, or even just rinse a few times with very hot water. But after the stuff dries, it becomes a nightmare to scrape off.
I try to clean up immediately after breakfast, but sometimes I read, or write, or work on spec'ing something out with breakfast, and I might get lost in thought.
The time needed to clean up the oatmeal goes up drastically the longer you let pass. Clean up right after eating? 20 seconds or so. Three hours later? A few minutes. And if you let a whole day pass? You're going to be scrubbing that bowl in the sink for 10+ minutes.
And I think a lot of life is like that. Cleaning something up really quickly takes 20 seconds. You just finished with whatever you're doing, there's a little mess, it's easy to clean it up right away. But if you get distracted, you're going to have to put in five times or ten times as long later. And if you forget at that point, you're going to have to put in 30 times as long - and that's just the next day.
Got any mess lying around you should be dealing with right now?
If I forget to clean the bowl and am left with a cakey mess, what I do is to fill up the bowl with water, and let it soak for at least 2 hours.
It takes a look of time, and comparatively more water, but from a cleaner's point of view, a lot less effort.
I'll always strive to clean up a mess as quickly as possible. But I doubt that we're all perfect, and sometimes we're left with a mess that has been festering for a long time. Heck, the mess may not even be your fault in the first place.
When that occurs, at least I can remind myself that a little water (the fundamentals) goes a long way, and that I just need to give it time.
Forgive me if this seems incredibly obvious to you, but it's pretty hard to eat well while traveling if you don't buy groceries. Some places like Seoul and Taipei have incredibly good convenience stores with a mix of hard boiled eggs, rice balls, sandwiches, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and other hot and cold food in them. But most countries don't - so you're going to eat a lot better if you buy groceries.
I always buy the following: *Oatmeal: Very easy to cook and nutritious. If you don't have a stove or pot where you're at, just stir boiling water into it. Less water is better. If you add too much water and it's soupy, stir in more dry oats. Microwaving works too. *Canned tuna: Very nutritious and filling for a small space and weight. Healthy. Protein. *Fruit: Usually bananas if there's decent bananas around. Other fruit is okay. *Something to put tuna on: I prefer rice, second choice is good pasta, then cheap pasta or bread. *Something vegetable-ish: Soup is good, or just vegetables straightup. I like baby carrots to snack on. *If I'm lifting weights, a bunch of protein. More tuna and nuts if I don't have time or space to cook.
I'm back on Mount Davis in HK, I dig the nature up here so much. After 10 days down in Mongkok and Yau Ma Tei it's good to be out in the wide open space. Thinking of going to the middle of nowhere in the New Territories, but I do like meeting people in the city. Decisions, decisions...
Twice a month I stray from my superlatively healthy diet and eat anything, no holds barred. A week or two ago I ate a couple slices of deep dish Chicago pizza with bacon and all sorts of nonsense on it. The idea behind this is that once in a while, usually while travelling, I find myself in a situation where eating healthy just isn't an option. Morocco was a place like that. Everything had butter in it. If I never voluntarily ate "dirty", I might feel sick when left with no other options. Also, the harm in eating normal food for two out of my 90 or so meals per month is negligible.
I try to use these cheat meals to try interesting foods or highly rated non-vegan restaurants, but the reality is that they often end up being meals at airports. I'll find myself on a three hour layover, starving, saying to my self, "Well... I guess I can have my cheat day now." One turkey sandwich later and I'm thinking, "There must be some solution to this problem."
After a bit of experimentation, I have found some pretty cool methods to have really healthy and delicious food anywhere I go.