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You may be asking... Why in the world would you choose to change your entire diet during the most exciting vacation of your life? Looking back it sounds a little crazy, but honestly it was easier than we both thought.
After our wedding night, my husband and I made the decision that we wanted to go vegan. I think we honestly decided we wanted to go vegan while we were in the airport leaving for our honeymoon. My husband had been doing a ton of research on the benefits of being a vegan and he wanted to give it a go. I wanted to drop the meat and some dairy, but keep the eggs and yogurt because certain meats and milk always gave me a stomach ache. I had already transitioned from regular milk to almond milk a couple years back so that was not an issue for me. My husband decided he wanted to go cold turkey and drop all dairy, eggs and meat at once. I was a little bummed that our weekly Friday date night to Cold Stone would no longer be an option!
We quickly realized it was not realistic for us to go full vegan right away on our honeymoon so we decided to make a slow transition. So how did we become somewhat vegans on our honeymoon? Well we quickly came to the conclusion that life without cheese on our honeymoon would be no fun, LOL. So we decided to slowly transition into being vegan by cutting out meat, most forms of dairy and eggs. I was a little nervous about the fact that we would be eating out for almost every meal and we had to avoid A TON of foods! We went on our honeymoon to Breckenridge, Colorado and much to my surprise they had a ton of vegan options! They even had a plant based vegan pizzeria that was AMAZING! And we even realized that vegan ice cream at the grocery story is pretty great too. So what did we eat on our honeymoon? Here are a few examples of the things we ate on our Honeymoon.
- Breakfast: Smoothies, Acai Bowls, Oatmeal
- Lunch: Veggie Sandwiches, Veggie Tacos (sweet potato tacos are the best!)
- Dinner: Vegan Pizza, Kale Caesar Salads, Gnocchi with Vegan Pesto, Veggie Burgers with Fries, Tacos
- Dessert: Vegan Ice Cream, Certain Chocolates
Some of you may think that doesn't sound like exciting food for a honeymoon, but honestly we really enjoyed it and we had a ton of energy (after we adjusted to the altitude) because we ate pretty healthy overall. Fast forward and now we are both full on vegans—no dairy, no meat, no eggs—EXCEPT on Friday's we eat cheese, haha. We can't help it. I would say if you want to become a vegan the best way to do it is to make a slow transition and don't be too strict on yourself. Also, it makes it easier if you are remembering why you want to become a vegan. We did it for health benefits but others may do it because of animal cruelty or just to gain more self control when it comes to eating.