Joe and I finally got to go away for a few days. Gabi was lucky enough to get to go to ballet school in Holland, Michigan. Madie is working and we decided that we would go a few days early before we got to pick up Gabi. We just wanted to relax. Spend some time together, reconnect. We both lead really busy lives together, as a family and separately. He goes to work, I teach yoga. He goes to China, I teach ballet. He goes to work in China, I go work at the hospital....it's been a great summer!
We stayed in Douglas, Michigan a small hamlet close to Saugatauk and Holland. There are two State parks, beaches and Bald Mountain. Lots of little shops, galleries and RESTAURANTS!!!! Every corner of these quaint towns has a different culinary smell and boy was it amazing. Curry, barbeque, garlic and bakery, how I live for the smell of bread!
I couldn't wait to have some great foodie experiences. The challenge being: VEGAN. We could do it! A salad here, tofu and a farmers market over there! We were going to preserve!
Yeah, about that...
I never realized how much animal products I eat. After puruseing menu after menu I have been enlightened how much dairy is in almost everything! And, how much meat is hiding in most dishes. Obviously a steak or chicken, but minced shrimp or chopped ham it's in there!!! There were some great salads but economically my $15 cherry walnut Michigan salad minus the blue cheese was not comparible to the grilled fresh catch of the day with heritage tomato salad for $10. What is a girl to do? How am I supposed to say NO! to every creme caramel??? LORD GIVE ME STRENGTH! Maybe it's time to re-evaluate over fresh Traverse City Cherry Pie and homemade vanilla ice cream.
This is a life style challenge. An eye opener to a better way of living and an experiment. I'm on vacation. It's hard to challenge myself with no rules. It's a little anarchy really, being on vacation. Maybe I ate vegan once or twice a day during my short Michigan weekend but I did wave a white flag and succumb to a great dinner or two that did include smoked Gouda and whipped cream (not together mind you). Am I terrible for giving in? No. Can I add 5 days to my challenge and continue marching on? Yes!
Let's take the vegan walk of shame, add 5 days and continue on our challenge!
How do you handle difficult vegan situations? Any secret tips for handling vacation and parties? We need 'em!
Peace love and eternal grooviness,
Ena and Joe
PS! Dr. Janice made some great vegan cabbage rolls! They had lentils, rice and were deeeeelish! Check out her blog at www.drjanicedaviend.com maybe she will post it for us!
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