Today for lunch I knew exactly what I wanted. A huge portion of veggies.
Ok wait!!! Did anyone sort of roll your eyes at the statement above? Did it signal some red flags with you?
I get that. Sometimes when people say that all they want is veggies, it might mean that they are struggling with restricting food.
I know that when I was battling my ED I would only ever eat at the salad bar in the dining hall. Anything other than salad (veggies) was considered “bad”.
So I’d now like to address a few things that might have run through your head when I made the loaded statement to start of this post.
“What? All she wanted to eat was veggies? What about protein and fat?” – Well I didn’t end up only eating veggies, but yes, mainly. My craving was sort of along the lines of when people say they are craving a salad, but I don’t really like salad that much. I used to think that I could only find satiety in fats and proteins. This was back when I was monitoring every carb that crossed my lips. Now I find that a variety of foods keep fill me up and make me feel energetic.
“She’s full of shit, no one really only wants to eat veggies.” – Sometimes, people do. Certain vegetables, cooked in a flavorful way, such as roasting, really are comforting, filling, and an easy go-to meal. I actually do often eat vegetarian lunches. I crave protein more at dinner. And eggs w/breakfast are often on my menu.
“This is an obvious attempt to eat in mass quantity with few calories” – That is not completely false. Like I said before, I have been really hungry lately. So I am trying to eat more, but I’m also trying to maintain my weight so I am trying to make smart choices in which foods I eat in large quantities. There is nothing wrong with focusing on maintaining and losing weight if you are in a weight range where that makes sense. I am at the top of the BMI range for my height. I am healthy but even if I lost a few pounds in a slow and gradual manner, I would still be healthy and strong.
I think that sometimes in the blogosphere it is seen as a no-no to talk about weight loss. It is however acceptable to gush over treats and junk-foods and be proud of one-another for allowing such foods into their lives. And I agree with that as well! Allowing “bad”foods into your diet can be an important part of finding balance.
Basically what I’m saying is that we all have different goals and we are all on our own path to find balance, health, and a positive self image both inside and out. Since I’m putting my journey out there for all to see, I just wanted to clarify where I’m coming from.
So anyway, here is the plate of food I inhaled for lunch today
Roasted eggplant, carrots and brussels sprouts with some red quinoa. I also squeezed blaze all over the eggplant, and everything else too after the picture was taken.
It was delicious. It was healthy. It was mostly all vegetables. And I feel pretty darn good about it.
Thoughts on this?? Please share.
Also don’t forget you can ask me anonymous questions HERE. I’d like to do a future post where I answer them!