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The Vegan Experiment: Days 1-4

alexisinjamaica

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It’s the start of a new year and the husband and I have decided to try an experiment: go vegan for 90 days. My husband Joe LOVES meat, so this should be tough for him. I’m OK skipping meat, but I do enjoy my sweets, and no dairy means no delicious desserts. Obviously there are vegan treats, but it’s not the same. Luckily we live in LA and there are plenty of vegan restaurants and health food stores. Plus, with all the weird food issues in LA we’re not the most difficult couple when we go out to eat in a group. (I’m looking at you: vegan, raw and gluten-free Anna who is also allergic to peanuts.)

 

Tammy suggested I start a blog to chronicle my journey. So if you hate this, blame her! But it could be a fun way to share what’s happening and also keep me honest. I’m starting this a few days in so this first post is just a quick catch-up of the beginning. Here goes!

 

We got started on January 1st, and had we planned ahead we would have gotten lots of vegan friendly foods for the house. Instead, for the first few days we ate out at a handful of different vegan restaurants near our place. Native Foods and Sage are two favorites that I’m sure we’ll revisit a lot throughout this experiment. Sage serves KindKreme, which is vegan friendly ice cream and desserts. I discovered a vegan version of Rocky Road ice-cream that isn’t terrible. Yay?

 

On Friday the 3rd we had a friend’s birthday party to go to, which served as our first test. It was a PIZZA PARTY at a BAR. (Did I mention we’re also giving up alcohol?) It sounded like it would be torture, but it wasn’t too bad. We made sure to get a vegan dinner beforehand so we wouldn’t be tempted, and then we rocked cucumber water all night. Success! We just may be able to do this!



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