by Michael dEstries
Categories: Eats, Film/TV.

We know vegans can sometimes have a rough time of it finding quality food on the road, but if you’ve ever contemplated a run at the reality show The Amazing Race, prepare to go hungry. In an interview over on BuddyTV, Mike White and his father Phil chatted about their experiences on the show – including the lack of good vegan nosh.

“Mike is a vegan, and there was hardly any food that he could eat along the way and he didn’t compromise,” said Phil White. “So there were times where he hadn’t eaten for two days, anything solid.”

Way to stick to the lifestyle, Mike! But man, that must have been rough. The show looks hard enough as it is. Anyone else have any vegan horror stories while traveling?

Check out the rest of the interview here.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • kylesf411

    I wonder if he is either picky, or just doesn’t want to be a bother. I have never been to a place that didn’t have at least something I could eat. They were travelling in Europe and while some locations are a bounty of meat dishes, they do eat vegetables there too. Perhaps asking for plain potatoes and cabbage would have sufficed. Or is he the type of vegan who won’t even eat at a restaurant that prepares meat?

  • erin

    I travel quite a bit and never have much of a problem finding vegan choices. Granted, it’s a bit harder than vegetarian… but it’s not that difficult. Now if I want to avoid grains (I tend to eat more fruits veggies, nuts and seeds) then it can be very tough! I end up eating way too many grains (wheat etc) which is not good (For me anyway)


  • xjpx

    Never seen the show, but how much do they “race” around? I have had a hell of a time eating vegan in the south while on tour. I didn’t have tons of time in every town to scout out places, and by morning we were back in the van. In Dixie they do strange things to vegetables, like add bacon to string beans. I would have been in trouble if it were not for Clif Bars and chia seeds to supplement crappy salads. I even had a hard time finding a restock of whole wheat bread that did not have milk and corn syrup in it.

  • Keith

    I always pack a “vegan survival kit” when I travel. Included in the kit might be Clif Bars, Lara Bars and other vegan and/or raw nutrition items. This helps reduce the anxiety I sometimes feel at being in places where I don’t know my vegan meal options.

    I also do my best to do some advance reconnaissance work, usually via Internet, to locate veg-friendly restuarants and stores. So far, I’ve yet to go hungry for very long on my travels!

  • Shira

    While filming our Milk Documentary- “Got the facts on Milk?” in 2007, we travelled cross country from LA to Washington DC. It got very hard when we were in mid America because everything is saturated with cheese and or cooked in butter. Most food servers don’t consider cheese or butter a dairy substance. In many store bought breads there are milk derivatives and so being skittish at a restaurant that the waiter has no clue what soy milk is was the norm. There was a period that we hadn’t eaten for 24 hours apart from a few nuts here and there. We stopped as often as possible at supermarkets and purchased things that would get us by or we could mix and match at the hotel. Cliff bars, Lara bars, Hummus, Pita, Nuts fruit and vegetables. Congrats Mike!

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  • s

    shira–the waiter had no clue soy milk was the norm because in the midwest, it isnt. sad but true. most people in this region of america have never even MET a vegatarian, much less a vegan. they have so much to learn…

  • J.

    father’s name is Mel…

  • Grnflea

    Oh my…. I recently returned from Vienna, where I was a vegan when I went and a vegetarian when I returned. After about 4 days of no protein, I relented and “had” to eat cheese, eggs, etc. to survive. Yes, dummy me, didn’t bring food, scared to cross borders with it (I know dumb..) anyway thought I would buy food there – but alas all the packaging was in German! Also the menus were German, everyone spoke German, I simply could not eat. What a nightmare! I have now returned to my vegan way of eating, but take note – it is not that easy. Do not be fooled….