Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Day 31 - Vegan Girl Out in the World

I had a friend visit for a week, and had my first long term challenge of eating vegan in "real world" situations. And thanks to foodeater, and Carynne who left two of the greatest suggestions to help me in my journey, I had a wonderful experience!!

When I went to Disneyland, I brought a delicious vegan sandwich (the people at my table said the sandwich looked better than their Disney food...Ha!) and I bought some fresh fruit. For snacks I had fruit leather, edamame, and fresh fruit. Then! Dinner came and I remembered the comment you left, foodeater! I looked up the email on my PDA, and proceeded to march us over to the Royal Street Veranda in New Orleans Square AKA the bread bowl place. The vegan gumbo was so delicious, and I didn't feel
deprived at all! You completely saved me! I spent 14 hours at Disneyland, and felt completely satisfied and did not crave any of the non-vegan foods there!

This was a HUGE turning point for me. I feel like I am truly changing. Not only that, I didn't shove any junk into my face, and feel tired, sluggish and ill later. I felt like I was above all the junk in an elite group of conscious eaters...not at all in a pompous way, but in a freeing way.

Food has always controlled me....well, I let it control me. And now, I feel I am in complete control over my food. Who knew that deciding to become vegan would inadvertently start curing my food addiction!!!

Thank you also to Carynne for the pizza suggestion. I never thought about asking for cheeseless pizza and adding more veggies! I can't wait to try it. You have also expanded my horizons in this vegan journey!

Every day I see how easy it is to be vegan! I feel like I can conquer the world!....or at least a dinner out. :)

Thank you!!


Urban Vegan said...

I've traveled to many countries and places and the only place I had a hard time being vegan in was Aruba.

Foodeater said...

So awesome... I am so happy you got a chance to try the Disney gumbo! Best stuff ever, right? I mean who would have thought you could get a delicious vegan treat like that at Disneyland of all places? My friends and I have known about this special little secret for years, now I'm very glad that I've had the opportunity to pass it on to someone who deserves it. Too bad we have to go all the way into Disneyland in order to get it!

Vegyogini said...

I'm so glad Foodeater turned you on to the Disney vegan gumbo before you went. It is amazing and I find myself craving it every once in a while. :) I wish I could eat it somewhere other than just Disneyland.

WCG said...

Ha ha! I have an annual pass. It will be fun to go there just for dinner and know I can get a yummy vegan meal! And it is delicious...I was so surprised. I expected it to be bland, but it was sinfully good. Thanks again for passing it along.