Day 4 of Veg Week started like any other day. I made a whey protein shake and pondered whether all dogs go to heaven. I decided the latter were true and left the house with a smile.  Things were off to a good start. I even packed my lunch.

Mid-day, I enjoyed steamed vegetables nestled in garlic. I was proud of myself, cocky even. And whenever I feel cocky, I know I’m about to get checked.

That evening, I met friends for dinner. We hugged and told each other how cute our hair, dress, (insert random thing girls do hoping other girls will express interest, delight, and/or wonder) looked.  I peeled the menu from the bar and exclaimed, “Oh no!” The ladies inquired and I explained the challenge. They looked at the menu and froze. Six of the eight items on the menu had animals involved. They suggested we go downstairs for full service. At our new table, I scanned the menu and realized that it wasn’t a menu, it was the devil – in the form of a menu. Tuna tartare, Chicken Skewers, Beef Sliders, oh my. I had come face-to-face with the real challenge: Avoid eating meat when your friends are eating it. Checkmate. Fortunately, I have good taste in friends. They scrubbed the menu identifying all of the healthy vegetarian options. I ordered the chickpea ravioli. It was delicious, proof that stepping outside of the box is never a bad idea. I survived.  And I didn’t even have to use my aka. I have to say it was a good day.

Lessons learned:
1. If you are changing your eating habits, surround yourself with supportive people.
2. Friends who aren’t supportive are not your friends. They are weeds.
3. Weed out the weeds.

Categories: Nutrition

3 Comments

Angel · 05/19/2012 at 8:46 pm

@Nicole, I don’t know how you do it as a vegan. The idea seems impossible. You are going for it. I love it.

Nicole · 05/02/2012 at 1:03 pm

Good for you!! It’s really hard to eat out – and imagine how hard it is when you’re vegan! Let’s just say that we do NOT go out to eat as much as we used to. But last night we went to Sweetwater Tavern and while Eric got a filet mignon (*sigh*) I ended up getting portobello (portabella? whatever) fajitas minus the cheese and sour cream (extra guac) and they were freakin’ DELICIOUS. I was so excited to eat my leftovers for lunch today that I was singing, “I’m so excited…and I just can’t hide it…” 😉

I’m glad your friends were supportive of your goal and that the dish you ended up with was tasty!!

Joseph · 05/02/2012 at 2:32 am

you’re hilarious omg =) hahaha

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