Sunday, October 17, 2010

Foodstuffs

As of today, I'm one full week into a diet-experiment in vegetarianism (NOT veganism, though I'm largely switching to whole-wheat pasta and leaving out eggs for the most part) I'm aiming to stretch over the month of October.

I hate it.


I'm gonna stick it out, but I'll tell you right now: This sucks. I have NO CLUE how legitimate vegetarians put up with this shit. I ate an entire bag of carrots and a whole pack of mushrooms for supper last night, and I was still hungry.

Granted, I'm also on Slimfast, but still - if there was a pig walking around near me right now I'd absolutely be tempted to pounce on it and just eat the damn thing...

20 comments:

Arturo said...

Damn

Good to hear you'll stick to your guns, though

Tomas said...

I'm a level five vegan. I won't eat anything that casts a shadow.

Tim said...

I’ve been a vegetarian for about two years now which wasn’t easy because I’m am and always have been an extremely picky eater. I think the best advice I can give is to try some fake meat products that are completely vegetarian (mostly made of soy or wheat gluten). Boca foods makes good vegetarian products that taste like the real thing and so does LightLife. Good luck Bob.

P.S. Other M still sucks ass.

John.E said...

Keep it up Bob, only less than two weeks left ( you wouldn't want the vegan police crashing through your door )

P.S. Tim, go to hell

graeme said...

Bob, Half your problem is the fact your not eating a variety of foods. Most vegetarians (if they want to stay sane) tend to eat alot of Indian style food. Because its a great way to eat a mix of vegetables without the boring taste your normally associate with them. Im a meat eater who stayed with vegetarians for 3 months and only had meat twice. Its do-able if the food doesn't suck. Constant pasta is about as interesting as eating paint and it tastes about the same.

Daud said...

Hang in there Bob. I've been a vegetarian for a couple of years, and my reason for starting was very simple: money.

I save a ton of money by buying veggies at Haymarkey (yeah, I'm in the Boston area) and I like the fact that I dont have to eat any processed mystery stuff.

As Graeme said, the key is learning about vegetarian food that's good. Have you tried picking up a good vegitarian cookbook?

PS- is the comment about a pig in any way inspired by minecraft?

Elessar said...

I was raised a vegetarian, mostly cuz my mother is and she did all the cooking. I eat meat now, do veggies too but she's still a vegetarian. But she's more healthy at 55 than I am at 20 so...

Mind you, me being a cripple might have something to do with that, but still, I have real-life evidence that being a vegetarian helps. And a close friend is a Vegan, so I do know people who manage to do it, without fail.

rob said...

Hmmm.. yeah, you´re limiting yourself too much. You can make a stew or stirfry a whole bunch of vegetables together some herbs through there and you get a pretty satisfying meal. ^^
But why leave the meat at all?I´d leave the carbs.

Dav3 said...

Hey Bob, if you're interested, my one and only diet trick is this:

Chew gum

It usually manages to distract my system until it's time to actually eat again.


This thread is getting a little lopsided so I just want to say I personally plan to continue eating as much red meat as I can get my hands on.

I don't mind if others choose to deny themselves something, I even admire their determination, but don't expect me to feel bad about enjoying something I love just because they decide it's not for them.

Andrew said...

I'd be a vegetarian but animals are just too damn tasty.

They're right though. If you want to stick to a diet you have to make the food as appealing as possible.

Pick up some recipes that you like and get as much variety as you can.

SaLaDiN_5 said...

To feel full to your stomach you need either protein beans(chilly,soy) and such OR short Carbohydrate like potato , pasta or bread as for mushrooms a full bowl should be enough but not less.If you go for losing weight diet you need protein(low fat meat preferedable) as long a lot of water and half litre milk every day.Saladin_

SaLaDiN_5 said...

Vegeterians eat bread every night and about the losing weight tactics I lost 32 kilos in 1 year that way(meat salad water and milk daily).

The Partisan said...

Damn. That's rough. Mad props for sticking it out though.

I have a ton of food allergies (my whole life. not easy) so I essentially survive on nothing but meat and vegetables (some carbs here and there). And with my freakishly high metabolism and physically demanding job, I can't even begin to imagine life without meat, fish, or foul. You're a braver man than I.

If you're having trouble staying full, bake or mash some potatoes or steam some brown rice. The starch should do the trick. Just make sure to balance it out with some greens or steamed vegetables.

Get your protein fix with almonds and beans. Almonds (raw or dry roasted) kick 12 kinds of ass, and are loaded with calcium on top of that. Refried beans are sorta' ok, but try your hand at some of the raw stuff if you feel bold. Should go great with the rice and potatoes.

And of course, watch your Carb intake. 'Cause like a certain pink-haired dream girl once said:
"Bread makes you fat."

Good luck, brochacho, and I'll see you at Famous Dave's Barbecue on Nov. 1.

ZAENGO said...

when november the first comes, are you gonna go completely ape shit on some ribs? thats what i would do.

Dave said...

If this is, as I assume it is, about weight loss, I can personally recommend the GM diet. It's not actually made by GM but it works wonders. I tried it earlier in the year and lost 2 pounds a day for a week. And most importantly, months later, I've kept it off. Also, after day 3, its a pretty damn easy diet to do. Lots of fruit.

Popcorn Dave said...

"I ate an entire bag of carrots and a whole pack of mushrooms for supper last night"

Sounds like a boring meal! ;)

I second Graeme's comment. Learning to cook Indian food is the key to eating vegetarian. I know people that go on vegetarian diets and just eat giant plates of boiled broccoli and that gets old reeeaal fast.

About the being hungry thing, I've heard that feeling hungry is often mostly psychological - you train your body to expect X amount of food at Y o'clock, and it takes a little while for the body (and mind) to get used to a new routine. It's all in your head, man!

Clayton said...

and this is why I could never be a vegetarian. I hate veggies, I'm freakishly picky even within that, and meat is just too tasty. Oddly enough though I don't eat a lot of red meat.

Mark said...

unfortunately, i think you might not be in the best place in the US to have a good vegetarian experience. I've heard the Boston area is not very veggie-friendly. So, you might have to work at it. As a meat eater who really enjoys good vegetarian, and vegan food, let me tell you - its all in the preparation. Spices, sauce, etc. go a long, long way. As an earlier poster mentioned, a good amount of Indian food is already vegetarian, and you hardly notice because of the richness of the flavors. Also, in terms of the meat substitutes... I enjoy them, but many people don't because they are "trying to be meat" and, of course, fail. If that is you, I would avoid trying to pretend that stuff is meat and cook these things emphasizing their good aspects, not steak's good aspects. But, try seitan. It can be very, very good if well prepared.

Is this just to lose weight? One other thing to consider is completely eliminating RED meat, as well as cheese, etc. Chicken and fish are really very good for you (unless fatted up by other things), but too much red meat and carbos can be really bad. Also, run.

Joe said...

@Mark has a point--it might be easier to pursue a pescetarian diet (vegetarian plus fish) in the Boston area. I personally love canned tuna packed in olive oil, especially with salad. There's also that packaged crab meat you can get at supermarkets (which is actually crab-flavoured pollack, but it's not bad).

Also, on any diet that's basically calorie reduction, you need to do things to feel full. Drink lots of fluids, and if you're a coffee or tea drinker, indulge. I nurse two or three mugs of black coffee throughout the work day, and it really helps kill the appetite.

Daud said...

BTW there's a free vegetarian food festival in Boston on the 30th and 31st. Great way to end the experiment!

BTW- I want to put out there that I'm not a nazi trying to recruit more vegetarians. I just love food and it hurts my feelings when people say that vegetarian food is no good.