okay, everyone, i know you all are just on the edge of your seats, waiting to hear how #veganweek wrapped up for phillip and me. well, to quote barry manilow (and honor his beagle named bagel), i’ll just say that “it looks like we made it.” somehow, some way, we made it through #veganweek.
did i like all the food we ate during #veganweek? yes, and most of it i would absolutely make it again. the hard part about it all is that i know how delicious some of my favorite foods are, and all week i was denying myself those tasty pleasures. i wouldn’t say those cravings were overwhelming, but it became a mental game at some point. just one more day, one more hour, one more moment! that’s truly what it came down to.
so, friday night arrived and we met up with a bunch of friends at a local tavern called hobnob for dinner. i’d already taken a look at the menu before we showed up, so i knew there would be a few options. i started off with the allagash white beer and phillip treated himself to terrapin brewery’s peach brew of the summer season, which was appropriately sweet and refreshing for the hot night outside.
as we gabbed and caught up with one another, it was quite a test of will whether or not i would cave in or push through one more meal for #veganweek. i tried not to let my eyes wander to the other tables that had steaming plates full of what looked like delectable pub food piled high. by some miracle i stuck to my commitment and ordered the veggie burger while phillip tried the piedmont burger. now, these burgers looked delicious as the wacky waitress placed them in front of us, but the taste was a different story entirely. after taking just one bite of the falafel patty (which itself wasn’t too bad), every bite from there on out tasted like falafel. seriously, it was like there was no distinction of flavor among the different ingredients. i couldn’t even finish it, which i think says something about the dish but also about my waning excitement for #veganweek. i wish i could say phillip’s experience was better, but unfortunately it was not. as the first meal containing meat all week, it was very unsatisfying and underwhelming. we both even had small stomach aches afterwards! i guess i shouldn’t be too surprised, but it made it clear to me that this five-day challenge was plenty long.
after our disappointing dinner (everyone else very much liked what they had), we all headed back to kyle and kari’s apartment for a rooftop hangout. they’re moving later this month to a house (ooh, how adult!), so we had to gather one last time at their place. i mean, how are we not all going to miss this view?
we grabbed some benches around the fire pit, got that thing going, and busted out the s’mores supplies. although it may have been ninety-something degrees out, the classic summer treat s’mores sounded like such a good idea. and boy were they, especially as the #veganweek ending reward!
our final celebration for #veganweek came this morning when phillip and i had brunch at the original pancake house. man, let me tell you, i ate half of the hash and pancake specialty in record time that i got done and didn’t even really remember eating it all! the pancakes were so fluffy and buttery, and that corned beef hash was from heaven, i swear. i took the last bite of over-easy egg with extra crispy bacon and said to phillip, “that was insanely good.” it was the perfect end to an exciting and interesting week.
so, now that we made it through #vegan week, what are our final thoughts? well, first off, the thing about eating vegan is that you really have to plan it all out. you can’t just swing by your local mcdonald’s for a ten pack of nugs. and you can’t just run into starbucks for your favorite latte or frappuccino. i think that’s one of the hardest parts. you also really have to be thoughtful about bringing food with you in case you end up in a hungry situation and won’t have quick access to something that fits your diet.
would i say i felt a physical difference? probably not, in all honesty. i still consumed a similar amount of food, it’s just that what i was eating was generally better for me than what i usually have. phillip said he definitely felt more active and alert, which is something i suppose we all would like during our regular day-to-day.
i think more than anything #veganweek opened my eyes up personally to the fact that if i do want to snack between larger meals, i can do so in a healthy way. for example, i can enjoy a ripe peach rather than a bag of chips (but don’t expect me to put down the spicy nacho doritos any time soon).
would i try #veganweek again? probably not. however, i do have a better understanding of that dietary lifestyle and everything that comes with it. to those of you who have followed along all week, thank you for tuning in! i hope our journey was entertaining and inspiring, in some way. 🙂