As I mention, Fridays are going to be a day of discussion. Mostly about the recent Weekly Wednesday Cheer, but also about anything of interest to you. This blog is not only about me and my soul searching journey, but I hope it can be a place for you to offer comments, critiques, thoughts, support, and suggestions.
Did anyone enjoy This is Vegan? Potato Salad or the Black Bean & Sweet ‘tater Curry Lime Burgers? I know I still am! I actually had the last burger tonight covered with leftover Besto Pesto atop a giant salad. Talk about hitting the spot. This vegan is stuffed.
What did you think?
I wanted to touch a little bit about cravings. Recently some friends of mine were discussing with me their serious sweet-tooth problem they have following a meal or how they don’t always feel satisfied after they’ve eaten. As if there is something missing, which is always assumed dessert. This is a general misconception that probably 8 out of 10 people make when it comes to eating.
If you find yourself craving sweets after meals it typically means your meal was not diverse enough or containing a variety of nutrients to fulfill your needs. When you are truly satisfied and met your body’s nutritional needs you do not actually crave sweet or salty “treats” following a meal. In other words, if you find you need something sweet after lunch or dinner, it means you probably didn’t eat enough or you’re not eating a variety of foods to meet your nutritional demands. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a nice treat every once in a while, but after going vegan and filling up on an endless supply of fruits and vegetables (and I truly mean endless) I don’t find myself needing a little something after my meals. This is because my diet has enough quantity and quality to satisfy me both physically and emotionally. Actually, most times I can look at a dreamy decadent piece of dessert heaven and pass because I’m actually satisfied. Yes it looks good, but I don’t feel I have to have it as I did before (but usually I’ll choice to have it instead 😉 ).
If this is you do a little plate inventory. Are you eating the same things every day? Are you eating enough? Are you eating what you want or what you “think” you want? Does each and every meal contain a rainbow of colors? Do you actually like what you’re eating? Ask yourself these question when preparing your meals. Treat each meal as an investment, something that is worth all the time in the world because it truly is. Take the time to answer these questions and then adjust accordingly. Maybe this means adding more bulk to your meal with grains or greens or choosing a sandwich over your typical salad. Whatever it is, listen to what you have to say and trust your gut. You may actually see it shrink a little after passing on all those unwanted treats.
As I said before, this blog is not only intended for me but also for all of you. I hope to inspire and provoke. With that said what sections would you like to see more of? What types of recipes would you like to see? What topics are you interested in or have questions about that I may be able to research and hopefully find some sort of answer to?
Tell me about you.