Big Fat Queer

April 6, 2010

Eat Your Veggies

When I posted last night I wrote that I was going to have an ounce of cheddar cheese and some grapes for a snack. I wound up eating four ounces of cheese. I had late night cravings which I hadn’t had for a while. If I had known I was going to eat so much cheese I would have bought some good cheese, like a Gruy√®re or an aged Gouda. It wasn’t a major binge. I mean I didn’t eat a whole key lime pie or a quart of ice cream. Just a few extra ounces of cheese.

I think I know why I had the craving, though. I didn’t eat enough during the day. I wrote that I was a little under my target for the day, but not just in calories. For lunch I had a falafel sandwich and for dinner chicken and shrimp. But all day I had not had much vegetables. The good thing about vegetables is the low caloric density. You can eat a very large volume of vegetables and not load up on calories. They aid in the feeling of fullness and they digest slowly, releasing nutrients over a longer period of time than other foods. Thus at the end of the day my body was craving nutrition, which I filled with cheese, a food dense in fat, thus calories. I demonstrated to myself the importance of getting a good volume of vegetables every day.

I have walked a mile so far today. For lunch I am having a chicken thigh, a small pork chop (about 3 oz) and lots of broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, green beans, some grape tomatoes and a smattering of beets. About 500 calories. For my afternoon snack I will have some more grapes (about 100 calories), no cheese.

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