I lost track of the days, which is probably a good sign... But I'm back home.
When I got home last night I threw open the fridge. I couldn't wait to eat real food again. Travel food is always a gross approximation of food anyway, but travel vegan food is an absolute joke. An unfunny joke. I threw together a leftovers dinner of spanish rice, beans, and sauteed peppers, onions, and mushrooms. The whole time I was eating I kept saying, "Its' so good to be home." I'm sure my family thought I was talking about them, but really I was talking to the spanish rice. Oh, sweet beans and rice, how I missed thee.
I just finished my lunch- I had boxed carrot cashew ginger soup and bread with my favorite butter analog. It was SO GOOD. And then for dessert I had a few strawberries that sweets so kindly cut up for me. I feel so good, so satisfied, so nourished.
Now that I've been able to eat food by my selection, the fiber-full/protein-hungry feeling has abated. I really wonder if that's really why I felt that way- too much salad not enough protein. It will be interesting to see.
I'm starting to really like this diet. For all my grousing, I actually gained weight while on my trip. That was probably because I was trying to fill myself with food that wouldn't do the trick. I hate to think how much I would have gained if I hadn't been trying for the vegan prize- there was constant food and snacks and treats floating around, waiting to be eaten. I'm a total muncher, I could have finished that popcorntrailmixcupcake buffet myself, if it weren't for this.
Today I'm most surprised that I don't miss the chocolate. I thought I would be desperate for some chocolate, but once I took it off the menu (except for when I can find the rare vegan chocolate), I just stopped missing it. I do have to catch myself and not accidentally pop a hershey's kiss in my mouth like I used to, but part of the pleasure of this is have the awareness of what I'm eating. I really like the awareness.
I had some trouble while away because there were times when I wasn't sure if something was vegan or not. I found a great
b: raisin bran with soy milk, Inka with soy milk
lunch: carrot cashew ginger soup, bread with earth balance spread, strawberries
dinner: I think we're ordering takeout. I think I'm going to order the vegan chile at this restaurant a food-limited friend recommends.