First of all I apologize for not writing in a bit. I got married this summer and then spent two weeks in France! I was not exactly vegan in France (when in Rome) but now I am back and ready to resume my weekday veganness.
Being in France did teach me some things. First of all, it taught me that I can eat cheese, chocolate, and meat for two weeks and not gain weight. As I have previously written, I strive for balance. As a result, I think it is okay ethically and medically to eat meat and dairy once in a while. However, I was obsessing about eating as healthy as possible for a while and forgot how refreshing it can be to indulge.
Secondly, I learned how amazing salt can be. In the U.S. I almost never add salt to my foods. If I do, it is only a tiny bit. In France I had truffle salt for the first time. It was absolutely amazing. I also had another salt called Piment d’Espelette which added a lot of flavor to the dishes. It reminded me that, while I don’t need to add salt to everything, it can really enhance the flavors of some foods.
Finally I remembered that despite the calories, wine can be a pleasant addition to a meal. We drank wine right in the vineyards, and with every meal after 12pm. I felt so connected to the earth. Rich actually picked grapes off the vines and ate them. Additionally our cheese, honey, and produce was usually very local. I was surprised to learn that local monks made the cheese, wine, and honey in ancient Beaune, France.
I did eat vegan and vegetarian sometimes in France. I went to one vegetarian restaurant where I had rice, beans, and over-cooked veggies. I also ate a salad, gazbacho, or both every day. I will blog about my vegetarian restaurant in another post.