Have you ever anxiously wondered, when planning a trip, how you would find plant-based meals to stay full, energized, and happy? I found Wendy Werneth's free ebook, 9 Steps for Easy Vegan Travel, so useful that I contacted her to learn more about her journeys. Here's what Wendy told me when I asked her about becoming a vegan travel expert.
I do see myself as a global citizen these days, but that wasn't always the case. I was born in Mobile, Alabama in the US and lived there until I was 18 years old.
I then went to college at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and a few months after graduating I headed to France to work at Disneyland Paris.
I was supposed to come back home after six months, but that was more than 17 years ago, and I've been traveling the globe ever since. I've been based in Geneva, Switzerland for the past six years, but at the end of 2016 I'm planning to move my home base to Lisbon, Portugal and also get back on the road and start traveling long-term again.
What kinds of foods did you grow up eating?
Oh gosh, terrible stuff that nowadays I don't even think of as food! Basically, everything I ate came out of a box or a can, and we never had fresh vegetables in our house.
Throughout my childhood, a typical day of food would consist of a bowl of sugary cereal with cow's milk for breakfast, a can of Chef Boyardee ravioli for lunch, and then my Mom would make some kind of Hamburger Helper meal for dinner.
I also ate loads of Little Debbie snack cakes. I had a terrible sweet tooth, which is really just a euphemism for a sugar addiction.
What kinds of foods do you eat now?
I eat very differently now. My palate has completely changed, and nowadays I genuinely crave healthy foods. I eat a bowl of oatmeal and a green smoothie just about every day. I love them so much!
My husband usually cooks our dinners, and they're often a bit more elaborate. Our travels have hugely influenced his cooking, so dinner could be anything from Italian to Thai to Indian.
And then, every night without fail, I finish the meal off with two squares of 100% dark chocolate. I still love chocolate as much as I ever did, except that now I prefer it without all the milk and sugar!
When did you change to a vegan diet?