Cruise Adventures and Being Vegan

IMG_20150327_085715So I went on a cruise… And the Vegan part, lets just say it was way easier than I expected.

I used to flip through magazines and say “oh hey look there is a vegan cruise! But it’s 9x the cost of a regular cruise” and then not go on a cruise.  This time, I said, “The heck with it” and took my chances with the run of the mill budget cruise.

So it was a Carnival cruise… and first of all, the fruit selection was AMAZING.  The fact that there are options at any hour of the day/night for the duration of the cruise is also AMAZING.  Additionally, on Carnival, the room service was free, so even when the only thing that was open was the pizza place and the ice cream parlor at 1 am, I could order free fresh fruit and oatmeal delivered right to my room!  I mean, I didn’t even have to walk to get my vegan fix, how great is that?

Also on cruises, the BF and I try and jump start our healthy lifestyle choices.  I would say this is my favorite part.  So healthy fruits, fresh raw options, and some jogging with a side of salsa dancing?  I’ll take it.  We went jogging on the track, swimming in the pools, dancing in the clubs, and even visited the gym to check it out.  Overall, cruises make me happy 😀

Oh, and if you go to the service desk when you first get on the boat, and tell them you have special dietary requirements – they tell the kitchen! And at your dinner time, since you have the same wait staff every night, they come up to you and alert you that they were told about your food preferences.  I was offered to select an entirely vegan cooked meal not on the menu for every single night.  The only caveat was that I had to let them know the night before, but they usually gave me two or three choices to pick from.

Needless to say, I will be cruisin’ more often for vacations!  Less work for food prep, and fresh fruit around the clock! Sign me up!

 

Day 10

Vegan life day 10! Here’s the status:

  • I know I want to be healthy. IMG_20150109_174203
  • I know I want to be happy.

I have found an inspiring community of instagrammers and bloggers to reach out to for ideas and motivation.  As you saw in my Instagram post, I have been posting pictures of my own food.  Taking photos of the food forces me to put more love and energy into preparing my vegan meals.

Look at this long list of things I have eaten in the past 10 days! It’s AMAZING how being vegan has forced me to add all this goodness to my life.  I can’t believe all that I have eaten!!

  • TangerinesIMG_20150110_203024
  • Dried Chickpeas
  • Veggie Burritos
  • Hummus
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Pears
  • Raisins
  • Mixed fruit smoothies
  • Blueberries
  • Cabbage
  • Lentils
  • Onions and PeppersIMG_20150110_160954
  • Potato Chips (I’m not sure about this one – only eating them when I have a craving)
  • Sweet potato chips (same as above)
  • Mangos
  • Naval Oranges
  • Kiwis
  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Potato Leek Soup
  • Olives
  • Raspberries
  • Watermelon
  • Bananas
  • Kale
  • Stuffed Peppers (with tofu, onions, mixed veggies, brown rice & tomato sauce)
  • Guacamole
  • Indian food (white rice and chickpeas with a vegan sauce)
  • Lots of smoothies of mixed fruits!

I lisIMG_20150111_180731ted everything out to show what a variety of fruits, vegetables, and vegan options there are.  This is not a starvation lifestyle by any means.  I have been completely satiated every day, except for day 6, when I stayed up later than usual watching movies and ate Cheese-Its (NOT VEGAN!!).  But you know what?  I am not going to let that get me down.  One day out of 10 I had one mistake, and a minor one at that.  I am proud of my accomplishments and I feel great!