That “vegetarian thing” I was trying out isn’t going too well. All that week I was feeling irritable and hungry. I already eat a lot of fruits and veggies, but it’s an empty kind of full in my tummy. My protein typically comes from chicken, eggs, and the occasional bit of beef. During the experiment, chickpeas were not cutting it — and they were pretty bland.
Not even 12 hours after I wrote my Forks Not Knives recipe post, I dejectedly sat next to Walt and told him how hungry I was. My cashew-cheese pizza was a bust, and even after adjusting the recipe so that it was on a tortilla instead of soggy polenta, another night of it seemed inedible.
I like to think of myself as a middle-of-the-road kind of person. I don’t live to eat, I eat to live. I have my moments of craving things and succumbing to those cravings, be it chocolate-chip cookies or Thai noodles, but for the most part I eat sensibly even if it’s boring or repetitive. I’ve been eating the same lunch for the past three years with slight variations because it works for me. But when it comes to a failed recipe experiment and a taste that just doesn’t jibe with my palate, I get sad. I don’t want to eat it. And so I said to Walt, “This vegetarian thing is terrible! I am so hungry and the food I made doesn’t fill me up and I miss my chicken soup!”
To which he said, “You’re trying a vegetarian thing?”
“Don’t you read my blog?!”
Pause. “Elissa. I shouldn’t have to read your blog. I’m your husband!“
Husband took me to Magnolia Cafe where I had a lean grass-fed bison burger with no onions and extra pickles. The next day, we bought chicken again and I made chicken soup with tons of veggies and extra red pepper, just the way we like it.
Since then, I’ve shot two weddings (one as an assistant) where the meal is either BBQ or something with cheese on it. If it comes between meat or cheese, I’m always going to choose meat. Meat I can eat, even if I am trying not to. My body physically rejects cheese.
I like my FOK recipe book, though. I made a vegan pudding out of cocoa and tofu and it’s actually pretty tasty. However, I’ve tried vegetarianism several times in my life and each time I revert back to eating animal protein because it satiates my hunger. I can eat a ton of chickpeas and feel hungry again twenty minutes later.
Do any vegetarians have tips on how to feel full? I always feel so bad about giving up.