The first three days of veganism have managed to include all of my significant challenges: car travel, overnight visits, and party food.

As I see it, car travel has a few options: plan ahead and carry appropriate snacks, locate good food sources on route, or eat something vegan but not necessarily desirable. I was in a hurry to get out of town, so I chose not to stop by the grocery store this time. Fortunately, both of my recent trips took me past Chipotle restaurants, where a whopping-sized fajita bowl contains a large portion of rice, black or pinto beans, sauteed peppers and onions, salsa, corn salsa and lettuce for $6.77. Score! Also, most fast-food places and gas stations sell juice.

For my second overnight visit, afraid of repeating the waffle incident, I provided my own oatmeal, fruit, nuts and juice. Perfect - I even made enough for my host. This will be my strategy for night away from home.

Finally, I hosted ladies' poker night at my house tonight. One of my friends is a professional chef, and the rest are very good cooks. This can be treacherous ground - food is pot luck, with no coordination, and always delicious. Tonight's dinner was popcorn, salad, and some roasted turnips and carrots with a ginger dressing. I avoided the turkey chili, shrimp, cheese and crackers, and rum cake without much problem. It was much easier than I expected, and I can go to bed happy, full, and aligned with my goals. What a nice feeling.
 


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