Two days after watching Forks Over Knives, I had dinner with a different suitemate. I again grabbed a piece of chicken, and again, I didn’t eat it. Instead, I ate all of the vegan BBQ seitan that I had piled on my plate, and it was delicious. Rice mixed with refried beans rounded out the meal.
But now I’m home for winter break, which brings its own set of challenges. To my family, I am the picky eater that scorns healthy foods, so I don’t feel comfortable telling them about wanting to eat a more plant-based diet; they would actually laugh at me. And really, I don’t want to make a big deal out of this and be held to unrealistic expectations if I have trouble making the transition.
Before settling in at home, though, I was lucky enough to travel to work on a television production job for a few days. Staying in a hotel meant only eating out, which can make eating healthy a bit tricky.
Combine eating out with long work days, and throw in something called krafty. This is the table full of food for the production crew – granola bars, chips, pretzels, sour gummies, mini chocolate pieces, Oreos, and these delicious bite-sized cake balls (when you eat 7 in a day though, I don’t think the fact that they’re “bite-sized” makes a difference). By the 13th straight hour of work, I easily succumbed to the Rice Krispy treat whispering my name.
Forget about all that though, because today I went shopping at Whole Foods and stocked up on some vegan options, including beans, frozen veggies, seitan, etc.
I heated up a vegan pizza for lunch – Amy’s Non-Dairy Cheeze Pizza with Rice Crust. I couldn’t get the soy cheese to melt properly, but it was still delicious. However, I was surprised that this one personal pizza contained 43% of my Daily Value of “Total Fat.” I thought vegan food was supposed to be less fatty than animal-based food…
After dinner, to get my sweet fix, I had a Tofutti Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwich bar, which tasted better than some dairy-based ice cream sandwiches that I’ve had.