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!