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Random musings about nothing at all

Veggies for dinner

Everyone knows that getting the right amount of fruits and vegetables is key to a balanced healthy dinner. I totally agree with that and am definitely trying to do better with it – thus this “Fresh 20” experiment. Next week I’ll write about our experiences with our second meal plan, today I want to talk about the fact that I don’t think I could ever survive as a vegetarian.

As I mentioned a few days ago, I made this “beet and pear soup” for dinner with baguette and goat cheese and corn on the cob. It was REALLY REALLY good. I also mentioned that my BF and I are giving this Fresh 20 thing a good effort (eventhough it makes a lot of food) because we really don’t mind eating the same thing multiple days in a row. That’s still true… but I have to say, after three days in a row of nothing but vegetables for dinner …. I’ve been STARVING all day today.

Last night my BF had a work event to go to so the chicken I’d put in marinade stayed in the fridge to be cooked today and I ate the rest of the soup/corn for dinner. The first night it was the perfect amount of food, and a nice variation on what I usually have for dinner. The second night, it was good, but I was still a bit hungry afterwards and needed to much on something a bit later while I was watching TV. Last night – the third and final night – I ate the same amount of soup, corn and goat cheese but I was incredibly hungry about an hour after I finished eating.

This morning when I woke up I was so hungry my stomach hurt… that doesn’t even really happen to me when I SKIP dinner (which if I am honest about it happens most Tuesday nights after climbing – and is a really bad habit I know). Since I was going climbing with Squeaks at 9:30 I needed to make sure I had some protein for breakfast. So I had an egg sandwich and some green tea lemonade from Starbucks. When she dropped me off at 1:00 I was starving again and bought sandwiches for my BF and I from the italian pizza and sandwich place in his building. It’s now just going on 5:30 and I am once again sitting here thinking about food… My stomach is rumbling around signalling that it’s past time for more substance.

After all that, I truly believe that I would never survive if all I could eat was vegetables. Sure, I’d probably lose the weight that I’d like to lose… but I think I would be in a constant state of hunger. Don’t get me wrong, veggies are GREAT and they definitely fill you up… but you have to eat A LOT of them to stay full…. my body seems to digest them much faster then other foods and I actually feel hungrier after snacking on veggies than I do on anything else (other healthy choices or not). I wish I understood more about why that happens but I just don’t. I am not a fan (at all) of feeling hungry – total first world problem there – and I love the taste of meat way too much to ever cut it out of my diet completely.

So, while veggies for dinner is great now and then… veggies for dinner EVERY NIGHT…. so not for me.

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August 13, 2011 - Posted by | Cooking, Health & Wellness | , , , , , ,

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