Before leaving for our Virginia Beach vacation, I had concerns about what I would find to eat. It’s hard enough to transition to a new diet while at home, but my first time going vegan and having to do it in a state not exactly known for its crunchiness? Slightly more challenging, right? So far, it’s been surprisingly fine. Here’s how I have fared:
Saturday morning (Flight Day!): We headed to the airport at 5am and I brought a banana into the Uber with me and scarfed it down. I’m generally not very hungry early in the morning and I was exhausted, so I slept on the first flight to Dallas and only had a hot tea. At the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, there is a surprising amount of vegan options. We ended up stopping at Au Bon Pain and having a “hummus & veggie wrap” which ended up being just chickpeas and vegetables. I asked the cashier if it was vegan and she said “yes” but then my husband noticed it had feta on it (thankfully before we ordered it). I asked for it without feta, and after replying that “the feta is the best part!” they ended up making it for me. At this time I’m not even sure if the wrap itself was vegan. And it wasn’t great, so I only ate half of it (around 200 calories). I got a Chai Latte w/ Soy from Starbucks and then we got on the plane for leg 2.
Saturday Evening: Luke and I were starving by the time we got off the plane and into our rental car. We headed right to the Whole Foods in Virginia Beach and got some vegan pizza from the hot deli. It was Daiya cheese, some kind of fake chicken, BBQ sauce and pineapples. It was ‘okay’. Like, if I’m craving pizza it might be a good alternative but the texture was all wrong and the crust was so doughy. I’d try a different flavor, but maybe not this one again. We picked up a few more vegan essentials while we were at Whole Foods and then headed home.
Sunday Morning: Sunday I woke up and went for a run along the boardwalk and stopped and got an iced latte w/ soy milk from a local coffee shop. For lunch I ate some organic Peanut Butter & Cocoa Balls cereal from Whole Foods along with almond milk and a banana. For a snack in the afternoon I had some honeydew melon, and that’s basically eat.
Sunday Evening: We went out to a seafood restaurant for my mother-in-law’s birthday and my choices were limited. I drank a Bahama Mama cocktail. For an appetizer I had a house salad with no cheese or croutons and had a house vinaigrette on it. For my entree, I had some sauteed vegetables with herbs on them served over white rice. Not the most satisfying dish considering there was no sauce on it. I also had a side of french fries and ate like 5 of them. All in all, it wasn’t the greatest meal ever. I can’t wait to be back in California where there are better choices for vegans! For dessert I had a chocolate vegan muffin that I bought when we were at Whole Foods, and it was great.
Monday Morning: Another soy latte (my daily crave) and a lunch of cereal & almond milk again. Not sure what’s on the agenda for dinner, but I’m hoping I’ll be able to have more vegetables. My digestive system is a bit messed up (TMI!) and I think I could use more fiber. We picked up some veggie dogs and some broccoli and cauliflower so we may make that for dinner if we’re not going out with family.
So there you have it. My first few days of being vegan in Virginia Beach. Four more days to go before I’m back home!
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