A Sunday in the Life of a Newbie Vegan


Lifestyle / Sunday, February 11th, 2018

I caved last night with a sore throat, and had a cup of “hot lemon relief” from our local pharmacy before bed. Never again. The stuff must be a diuretic because I spent the night either in the bathroom or having wild half-awake, half-asleep dreams, or unable to sleep. Unlike many people, cold medicine in many forms makes me jittery, anxious, wakeful or unable to concentrate. Admittedly, I didn’t stop to look at the ingredients before drinking the stuff. I just knew I felt awful and wanted my throat to feel better.

I started the day off today with a cup of coffee and Silk cashew milk. For breakfast I just had a slice of sprouted grain bread with almond butter. Graham experimented with a bit of jasmine rice, garlic and crumbled falafel to eat with his egg whites, which smelled amazing. (I tasted it before he added the egg whites.)

We took our son to a birthday party, and headed out for a few errands. While Graham went for a haircut, I popped into Starbucks to take advantage of the gift card the boys had given me for my birthday last month. I ordered a tall, soy cinnamon dolce latte, no whipped. While my payment was processing, I asked the barista if they had any vegan baked goodies in the shop. She told me that to her knowledge, only the bagels and some packaged goodies near the cash were vegan. Then she demonstrated her superior product knowledge by saying, “If you are vegan, you can order a soy latte with cinnamon dolce syrup, because the topping that goes on top of the drink has butter in it. I think it even works out to be cheaper for you.”

Quick tip: Vegans at Starbucks can order a soy latte with cinnamon dolce syrup, no whipped cream, for a vegan caffeine treat!

Next we hit David’s Tea in the mall, where I used another gift card to choose some lovely organic teas to enjoy at home.

We still had a little time to kill before the birthday party ended, so we waited it out in the food court, enjoying a couple of veggie samosas and a Veggie Biryani from the Indian food restaurant there (there was no lineup, either, unlike the other fast food kiosks there). The food was delicious!

We picked Nate up and then stopped at the bulk food store in town. Nate chose some vegetable pasta shaped like Canadian icons (maple leaves, moose and beavers, if you can believe it), and I chose some spinach fettucini. Graham selected some new spice blends, like Coconut Thai, Jamaican Jerk and Greek to add to his favourite staple, jasmine rice. We also got lots of nuts, seeds and raisins to make our own trail mix. We’re going to have a great week, food-wise!

On a side note, Nate has been eating quite well at home with us, so the party food hit him kind of hard. He had a root beer, pizza, chips and a cupcake at the party. And he felt awful afterward. Rather than scold him, we chose to allow natural consequences to be a lesson for him. We told him that we hope he’ll make some better choices if they’re available the next time he goes to a birthday party. And we learned that it would probably be better to feed him a more healthy meal before taking him to these kid-centred social occasions.

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