I recently attended the Las Olas Wine & Food Festival. I had an awesome time! Can you tell by the pics? Who wouldn't have a blast when the only thing on the agenda for the entire evening is to drink delectable wine & eat fantastic food while walking up & down Las Olas on a gorgeous night? Well... a Virgin Vegan may be a little nervous that she might go hungry because of the lack of food choices! I haven't mentioned this before but I need to come clean: I need to eat every few hours or else I get.... let's just say... VERY cranky! Ask ANYONE who knows me! My friends, family and loved ones can see the monster coming and they have very specific directions to keep me happy & smiling... just feed me! Normally I keep a piece of fruit or a bar in my purse at all times but when you are headed to a festival, you are excited to try the featured food, right?! So imagine my surprise when there were more than enough choices that were sans-meat and dairy free! By the way, I didn't have to go carb-heavy to make it happen either! There were great soups, quinoa salad, bean/lentil side dishes and veggie kabobs. It made the night even more fun & once again, it showed my friends that my diet isn't as restricting as many of us may think it is.
Fresh organic veggies, fruits and grains galore! I LOVE eating clean & I love sharing the "gospel" with anyone I meet! In fact, yesterday I went to my first Orange Theory class with my girlfriend Tory... we kicked some serious butt! She inspired me to go & I really loved the fast-paced mix of cardio & weights!
Ok, just in case you get the idea that little Miss Virgin Vegan quit meat & dairy cold-turkey & that life is just a bed of roses with the new diet... don't be fooled! While I am on fire with my lifestyle that I love, I certainly have not quit refined sugar completely! It is on my list of things to do & I am working towards that but... sometimes a girl just has to have some frosted flakes! Better than cake & cookies & ice cream, right? So here is proof that I do have a few vices & I am such a bad influence that little Jagger discovered that he likes sugar-covered corn flakes too! Ok, ok I promise, I'm working on it. Check back later to see how I do with giving up the most addicting ingredient in the WORLD!
However, I am not giving up chocolate! That's Tory & my friend Victor checking out my vegan chocolate that a friend sent to me at work! It's made locally here in South Florida by this cool vegan chick. Her company is call Cioccolada - check it out if you are craving something sweet that is still good for you! All dark chocolate... yummy for my tummy!
But as long as we are being honest & airing all MY dirty laundry... here are a few other VICES of mine that I am NOT giving up!!!
I'm not proud... but these things do make me mighty happy! Don't judge! You know you have your Vices too! :)