James Vegan Challenge Diary | Vegan Travel Tips | Finding Vegan Restaurants
The Edgy Veg comes to you today with proof that you can succeed at the 30 Day Vegan Challenge. James goes on camera, diary style, to talk about his experiences and challenges staying vegan during travel and gives you some rock solid tips that will be invaluable the next time you travel vegan.
Like many others before him James has found that going vegan for 30 days is quite a bit more difficult than he had anticipated. He specifically states that he has hit some stumbling blocks along the way. This is perfectly normal and to be expected with any significant change in your diet. James had the added stress of eating vegan while he was traveling. The first leg of his journey put him in Las Vegas, and as any of you who have visited there know it isn’t exactly a hub of vegan friendly food.
He is 14 days into his 30 days and will be traveling to Switzerland soon, which is of course the home of the best Swiss cheese known to mankind and will no doubt be a land of temptation for him. During his stay in Las Vegas he found it difficult to find even a spot for a quick breakfast. If you take the 30 day vegan challenge you may find yourself in a similar situation. James solved this by finding a healthy, vegan friendly, local juice shop that ended up being his savior during the trip.
James’s #1 tip he has for all the vegan travelers out there is to do your research before you ever get to the location. Map out your vegan options and get the lay of the land. James stresses the importance of finding vegan restaurants and considers planning ahead to be crucial to success when traveling vegan.
James’s #2 tip is to always be prepared. As mentioned before keep some snacks on hand to help you get through the day and find the best vegan options for meals. He found himself at times absolutely starving and was saved only by Candice’s secret stash of energy bars. He recommends always having a vegan friendly snack on hand, in your bag, or for you ladies in your purse. He mentions Lara bars but really any sort of vegan friendly snack with protein would work fine.
James’s #3 tip is to call ahead. If you know you are going to be visiting a specific restaurant call ahead and let them know you have dietary restrictions and will be eating 100% vegan. Many of the better establishments will cater to your vegan needs. Planning ahead will save you from running the risk of losing energy and feeling utterly deflated with no viable food options in sight.
James goes on to talk about an experience he had upon returning from his Las Vegas trip where he was at a barbecue and there was, of course, barbecued chicken. He found himself drawn to the chicken and realized just exactly what kind of commitment he had really gotten himself into. That chicken was off limits, but he was still craving it. However, as he watched his friends eating the barbecued chicken he began to see the raw brutality of it all, maybe for the first time really seeing how carnivorous we are as humans when we are eating meat. Fortunately James’s friends throwing the barbecue knew he was taking the 30 day vegan challenge and prepared some great vegan options for him and Candice to enjoy.
James’s last thoughts in this vegan travel diary regarding the 30 day challenge are that you are going to have to develop a routine of some sort to avoid finding yourself in a bad spot. When you go vegan you make a commitment to your body that you are going to give it nothing but the best and that commitment requires planning on your part, so be prepared to embrace a routine and make it work for you.
For all of you out there considering going vegan join James and take Candice up on her 30 Day Vegan Challenge. Why not challenge your friends to join you as well? There are many tasty recipes already on this channel to aid you in your quest, and many more to come.
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