I hear you. I slipped up yesterday and had some crackers with whey in them, and my stomach was acting up like crazy! And of course I couldn't stop eating them.
I'm the only vegan, let along vegetarian, in my family, and I love to travel. It always seems to work out the the places I travel to are places that don't make it easy to be veg*n. I just focus on how good eating the way I do makes me feel, and I think about how yucky I feel when I'm not eating right. I also ask a ton of questions when I'm out to eat, like "is there cheese in the veggie burger patty?" or "what comes on that?" I can't tell you how many times I've had to try and scrape mayo off a veggie burger.
I tend to try and cook in advance, or at least cook parts of meals in advance. I made an entire bag of lentils last week, and I've been mixing them up with baby spinach, marinated olives, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, hummus, and fresh salsa (also made in advance with fresh tomatoes and jalapenos from my garden). I put in all in a large yogurt container (there's plenty of room to spare in the container) and bring it to work. I shake it up so that the hummus acts like salad dressing and eat it with a whole wheat pita.
I think that when you're eating vegan, you need to be creative. I also find that I can eat a lot more in terms of food volume because I'm making really good choices. I just have to watch the amount of oil in dishes when I cook.
Watch some cooking shows. Even if they're not veg*n shows, they have a lot of great tips about how to prepare food. I find that they really jumpstart my cooking creativity.
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