Posted by Tim Vidra / Tuesday, January 4, 2011
12 Day Vegan Challenge: Day and Meal #4
Well the true test, traveling and being a vegan. VW bus packed (what else would I be driving during this challenge) I headed out on a two day trip to Charlotte. My journey begins with a Starbucks venti black coffee, banana and a dang difficult to peel clementine while driving (thought I was going to have to pull over) and made my way to a meeting in Danville, Virginia about a 3 hour drive from Richmond. It did not take long for the banana and clementine to wear off and I got hungry. I believe my hunger was escalated with every Bojangles I passed.
Enter the Bumble Bar: Have you had one of these? Oh my, I am glad I stocked up for meetings tomorrow and I might even have to go forage tomorrow night for Thursdays meeting. Vegan or not you have to try these bars and they are officially my new snack!
Lunch - as anticipated - was a challenge. Out of everything on the menu my only option was a house salad with ice-burg lettuce, carrots, shredded red cabbage, and cucumbers with an oil and vinegar dressing. The chef salad was the above with ham, turkey, cheese, and an egg for $6.95. I just asked them to double the house salad and add no meat, cheese, or egg.
Lesson 2 from this challenge: my muscles have started cramping everywhere from my calf, back, chest, and even my hands. As I head out of Danville hoping the solution for this cramping is a hot dog STAT, I soon learn that when you change your diet and eat less processed foods there is less salt. Reviewing back in my head my recent eats, I soon realize I have really eaten no processed foods for three days! I need salt!
Well, really a bag of salty cashews and a Gatorade curbed that temptation. Dinner will consist of apples, nuts, sunflower seeds, and water as I have work to do, am not very hungry, and I am really just going to get some rest. I will call this a challenging day and hope for a better day tomorrow. How much salt was in your diet today?
E.A.T. local E.A.T. well E.A.T. your veggies