Is It Just Me?

What I’m learning about Meatless Monday is that I’m hungry practically all day long. I’ve quit exercising on Mondays because I’m so hungry that I can’t imagine burning any  more calories. So far the one exception was last week when I ate out all my meals, and probably consumed extra calories because of eating restaurant meals. It was kind of challenging to eat meatless while also eating out. At home I will make a menu, plan ahead, and be mindful about what I’m eating so I don’t really even think about meat. However, when you are looking at a menu filled with tasty descriptions of meat dishes, it is quite challenging to stick to your guns. Throw in a waiter/bartender who is trying to convince you to order his favorite meat dish on the menu, and even the strongest would waiver.  And let’s be real, while I’m committed to meatless Mondays for the remainder of the year, I do enjoy meat. But I made it through with flying vegetarian colors.

Fast forward to today and here I am having eaten a two helpings of oven roasted veggies (potatoes, broccoli, and onions) and two helpings of Knorr pasta/sauce along with probably 1/2 oz of sharp cheddar cheese for dinner and I’m still hungry. I was hungry most of the day. I ate an English muffin, half a grapefruit, a banana, 1 oz pretzels, 1 container Greek yogurt, 1/2 piece of naan with 1/2 a container of tomato sambji, and a side salad of mixed greens, broccoli, olives, sunflower seeds, and a laughing cow wedge. Oh and a mini snack Twix. How is that not sufficient? How do I eat enough good foods so that I’m not hungry? I don’t want to regret my meatless adventure. I also don’t want to eat eggs for dinner every Monday night. What am I missing?

Are all vegetarians just used to being hungry? If I ate vegetarian for a full week, would I quit being hungry by the end of the week? Maybe I need to get on Pintrest or the meatless Monday website to find more recipes with protein or perhaps I should plan my menus differently. I know I am a little challenged because tofu, mushrooms, and eggplant are all out for me and those seem to be vegetarian staples. I guess it’s good that I have plenty of Monday meals to figure it all out. If you’ve got vegetarian advice for me, I’d love it if you would leave a comment for me on the blog so I can come back and find it later when I need a reminder of what I should be doing. This vegetarian stuff is a little harder than I thought it would be, honestly. But I’m not a quitter!

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10 responses to “Is It Just Me?

  1. I am a newbie vegetarian (only a few months in), but looking at what you ate, I wonder if your protein is lacking. (I will go back and look again.) Have you tried Quinoa? It is super-yummy and high in protein. Just an idea…hope it helps! 🙂

  2. Boca Burgers are pretty good. I just bought some Morning Star spicy black bean burgers. Once I try them I will give you a holler. Also, we should go to Mother’s. They have delicious veggie food and you don’t even feel like you’re eating vegetarian. I’d be down for going then trying to concoct some of our own versions. 🙂

  3. Katie

    Don’t give up! I don’t call myself a vegetarian, but we only eat meat at home on special occasions. Since I don’t eat much meat and I generally eat healthy, I don’t worry about how MUCH I eat. This morning I had a banana and then a big bowl of oatmeal and blueberries. Other days might be toast with peanut butter, then a banana, then yogurt later, then trail mix an hour before lunch. I do usually eat all morning. I also don’t eat many salads. I probably eat too many carbs. I do mix in a lot of tofu, beans, nuts, and I eat plenty of cheese (again, since I don’t eat meat, I figure that I can have more cheese than the average person)! Let me know if you want some ideas.

  4. Tiffany Davis

    Having been a voluntary vegetarian for over three years (although I recently went back to meat for health reasons), I can understand. Things to try: eat beans (I prefer black beans and rice, with sour cream, cheese, and salsa); eat Boca products (they are meatless!), make filling meals that are meatless–ugh on the tofu–(veggie tacos/nachos/fajita, subway veggie sub, homemade veggie pot pie, stir fry, homemade pizza on pita bread or crust, ), also some filling and not calorie heavy snacks — popcorn, veggie sticks/chips. You’ll want to stay away from all the pasta and carbs because it can lead to weight gain. Although, since you are doing for only Mondays, you should be fine to indulge in pasta. My favorite eat out dish was and is Chilli’s Black Bean Burger—OH MY GOSH! Filling and DEEELEEECIOUS!
    Good luck!

    • Tiffany Davis

      Oh and meatless taco soup in the crockpot. It’ll keep for days and is super yummy and filling when you add in some tortilla chips for good measure!

  5. Camille

    It’s in your head. Seriously. You’re psyching yourself out. If you’re seriously hungry, drink a big glass of water before you eat, and your belly will feel overly full. Here’s what I had today: breakfast: fage 2% with honey. Lunch: veggie taco (black beans, rice, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, two corn tortillas, then also the completely unhealthy queso and chips, along with some dr. Pepper). Dinner: black bean burger with cheese and barbque sauce (no bun), homemade baked sweet potato fries, and a salad. And boy howdy was I stuffed. Normally I get a good dose of protein in the morning with a Luna bar, but I’m on spring break and didn’t have to eat in the car, so I treated myself to a leisurely yogurt breakfast. However some would say yogurt isn’t vegetarian bc of the gelatin. To those people, I thumb my nose and call them buzz kills.

  6. Amy

    Eating oatmeal with sliced almonds and a little cinnamon and brown sugar will keep you full for a long time and you won’t be hungry til later and then your lunch should last you longer, too. Cucumber cream cheese sandwich on a nutty bread? Iced teas fill me up when I need an energy boost. Caffeine and no calories.

  7. Jill Gibson

    I think you just have to find the fabo foods you love to cook that also happen to not have meat. Also, you may be having a little more trouble than others might because of the recent gallbladder business. Fats contribute to satiation and calorie staying power.

    On that note, meatless or not, lattes (even nonfat) get me through many a morning when I don’t have much time for other things. I eat oatmeal or Kashi Berry Blossoms for breakfast. People like Tim can stomach breads with nut butters on them. You may recall that we made cheese toast like mad when we were little. And speaking of when we were little, there was mom’s wisdom of combining beans and rice for complete proteins.

    Learn to work with the egg — how many ways do you like it — crepe, deviled, deviled then pan-crisped!, luxury scrambled, etc., but you can also use it for sauces on pasta or veggies (spinach eggs benedict, roasted asparagus with baked eggs with some toast, quiche with ALL SORTS of fillings).

    There are the bread/pasta choices – spread puff pastry with pesto, spread sliced toms and cheese, bake, and eat til full, pastas with cheese/egg/veggie sauces, pancakes, french toast, etc. If you put something cheesy, or eggy or leafy green in/on it, you will have more staying power. You can roast greens with your other oven-roasted veggies, a la kale chips. ALSO PIZZA, which I almost forgot. Margherita, baby!

    Make friends with beans, quinoa, and lentils. Main dishes, side dishes, “beefing” up your dishes (haha). I have grown to love cannellini beans. There is almost nothing they don’t make better. Alicia is a black bean fan, and Tim loves the red kidney. Find your bean! Also, go ethnic – more regular veggie options there.

    Given our genetic background, you may also want to consider expanding your leafy green eating. This is relevant because they expand options and have protein, as well as calcium. One book I have suggests making ribbons of the greens, steaming them, and serving with a lightly poached egg and parm cheese on top. I ADORE my kale panini sandwiches from that book, and the same book recommends colcannon (boiled/mashed pots with blanched greens mashed in. Bubble & squeak from England – cabbage and mashed pots mixed together. Note that both dishes would have some milk product and butter or olive oil. Melting greens with garlic bread or cheese bread – Just thought that, really, the meltier the cheese, the more satisfying it is >> fats.

    My 3 best veggie cookbooks are Cooking in the Moment, The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper, and Mark Bitman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. Crescent Dragonwagon (not even joking) has a veggie cookbook that is wonderful to read, but the recipes are hit or miss.

    I do not eat fake meat – reminds me too much of really low grade or gone-off regular meat. I find tofu lovely in dishes that it works as the cream or the sauce and you would never know it. Chocolate pie, for instance. I bet you would feel full after eating even just half of one of those. 🙂

  8. Good job on at least trying to cut some meat out of your diet…it takes awhile I suppose to get used to the hunger pangs…there’s a quote that goes something like “It’s hard to argue with the belly since it has no ears.”

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