Day 5 – Saturday
Well the start of a very challenging weekend – two party events to attend to this weekend, and my Vegan cloak is ready! So, Saturday morning was great, had my organic granola, almond milk & blueberries – what a treat! I had stayed the night at my sister-in-laws so I had packed my own breakfast. Riley the dog & I sarted to head home about 10 mins into the trip I realized I had left all of my food at her apartment. I debated for about 5 seconds whether to leave it there or not and decided I couldn’t go home without my Agave nectar, back I went.
By the time I got home it was nearing lunch and I knew I’d be driving again for a while. So, I whipped up the leftover lentils, brown rice and added some organic salsa sauce and spinach. It hit the spot very nicely. Once I was packed up with my cold bag full of vegan foods, Riley & I were ready to hit the road again to the weekend destination of Port Dalhousie, where my husband had sailed our boat there the night before and was waiting for me to arrive with the car. As he said, he brought the hotel, I brought the wheels and Riley, course.
Our first event of the weekend was somewhat of a old friends “reunion” in St. David’s which is very near beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake. I had packed some Tofurkey kelbassa dogs, some cappucino pudding and left the rest to fate. Well, the girls that were at the party are “facebook” friends as well, and they both were aware that I have been blogging this challenge. One of our friends – Pam visiting Niagara from Seattle, told me right away that she has been eating Vegan for 4 months!! Well, this just kicked off an evening of exchanging ideas, thoughts & Vegan talk. Our gracious host, Diane, was kind enough to have veggie burgers and a whoe array of veggies available for us all. Kenny BBQ’d the bugers and the Tofurkey dogs and Pam & I were able to enjoy the whole meal just as much as everyone else did. All of the other guests enjoyed their chicken. However, I have to say that Pam & I did not partake in the cheesecake for dessert. My will power was outstanding!!
All I can add is that I’m very glad that wine is not off the Vegan list, as I thouroughly enjoyed several variations this night.
Day 6 – Sunday
The challenge is coming to an end very soon and I’m thinking that I would like to continue eating Vegan for at least another week or two to see if I notice any changes in how I feel, energy level, ect. It has definitely had an impact on the way I think about food and the way I look at certain foods. To be quite honest the thought of eating a big, juicy steak right now is not appealing at all. When anyone asks why I’m doing this I tell them that I’d like to try to do my part in not eating anything that had parents or a face for a while. When you think of it that way, eating Vegan is not so hard to understand.
Well, we managed to get back to the boat last night and when we got up this morning I had brought with me my granola, almond milk & blueberries. I enjoyed it so much on Saturday, I decided to have it again this morning. Today we were getting ready to celebrate my Dad’s 80th birthday in St. Catharines. Pretty much the whole family was there (except for my kids and my grandaughter, all in B.C.!!) and it turned out to be a terrific, sunny day. It was a pot-luck party, so we had a great variety of food. My Tofurkey dogs were all gone, so I ended up having a bean salad, a large amount of mixed salad, rice crackers, hummus with some raw veggies and lots of fruit. Now, I have to say that when my sister brought out the most beautiful cake for my Dad, I had already made up my mind. Honestly, is there anyone who could forgoe having a piece of their Dad’s 80th birthday cake??? Honestly now… So, I did have a very small slice (ask anyone) but it did definitely consist of some dairy products as there was custard filling involved. Okay, it was good and now I’m done.
Happy 80th to Cate's Dad!
Once we all said our goodbye’s it was back to the marina to get my husband sailing off into the sunset – literally – while I took the wheels and Riley the dog home. I was feeling extremely hungry all the way home and when I got here I raced to the fridge for my organic bread and made myself a totally Vegan peanut butter and jam sandwich. Yup, I did and it was great. I’m now so darn exhausted and not looking forward to getting up for work tomorrow, so I’m calling it a night. I’ll deal with making whatever I need to take to work tomorrow in the morning.
One more day to blog my challenge – it’s been quite a week!!
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