T.G.I.F!!! I started my day with lime water (as usual). It’s amazing how much pleasure I find in the little lime pieces that I occasionally savor while drinking my water. Some folks like to just add the juice to their water but I love the little surprise lime bits I find in mine. I resisted the coffee at work and made it through the first half of my day fine. It was after clocking out that I ran into an incredible urge.
I had a hankering for Thai food. It hits me every now and then because I absolutely adore Thai food. It seems to have the perfect balance of everything. Most Thai dishes balance out the soft and chewy with the crisp and crunchy and the spicy soothed with a bit of sweet. I started craving it immensely but I ignored it. I was going to finish out my last vegan day as planned.
I had a doctor’s appointment so I prepared for that. I so dreaded the annual well-woman’s exam but it had to be done. So I went home, showered and headed to my appointment. I realized en route that one of my favorite Thai restaurants is literally right across the street from my doctor’s office. Hmmm? No, I told myself. I would be good today. I went to my doctor’s appointment and before I left, my son texted me that he was ready to be picked up from an after-school activity, so I headed his way. On the way back I passed that same Thai restaurant and took this as a sign.
It was a few hours before dinner so I decided to pick up Thai for dinner for the kiddos. I ordered them Pad Thai (their favorite, with shrimp) and spring rolls. By the way, Pad Thai is a perfect example of what I was talking about earlier. The noodles are soft and pliable and the bean sprouts are crisp and juicy while the peanuts give it just the right crunch. It’s all about balance and what us foodies call “mouthfeel”. While placing my order, I made a split-second decision that I was eating Thai today so I ordered my favorite Thai soup (coconut milk and chicken) and my favorite Thai dessert of sticky rice with mango.
Well I’m pretty sure I don’t have to spell out the rest. I caved on the last day of my Vegan Week with only a few hours more to go. Oh well – I did give it a pretty darn good run! As I sipped my soup and reveled in the fresh, ripe mango with the sticky rice dessert, I marveled at just what I did manage to do. I learned so much about the vegan lifestyle and what it feels like to experience everyday life as a vegan. I found out the hard way what an increased amount of fiber can do to my body. Most importantly though, I filled my entire family’s diet with fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains for almost an entire week! So, I think – I win! I so admire vegans and the entire lifestyle, but for now I don’t think veganism is the path for me. In the future, maybe. Now, who’s up for a veggie burger?