Well, not really. I’m lovin’ the granola. As I mentioned, it smells great when we cook it. But I have this issue with the fact that I’ve never found that many plants that I really love eating. So the past few days have been a constant cycle of bananas, apples, soy nuggets, and granola. I need a little diversity, it seems.
I’ve been pretty busy the past 2 days, more so than usual, and so I’ve been making expensive choices, turning to places at which I’ve already learned to spend money for a quick veggie fix: Nida’s, Northstar, and On the Fly. Great food, no doubt, but not cheap, and there’s certainly a little more doubt about the origins of my food and all its ingredients when I’m not preparing it myself. I trust these local stalwarts pretty thoroughly, but a little more research would certainly be warranted.
Thus far, my biggest relief concerning this way of eating is definitely the fact that I don’t really have to track what I’m eating. There’s no calorie counting, no weighing my food or anything like that. I’m writing it down in a simple way, but that’s just for my edification, it’s not a requirement.
The logic of it goes like this: You can eat as much of what’s in the house as you want. Since most of what you keep around the house has a low caloric-density, you can each as much as you want. It’s pretty difficult, after all, to get fat eating spinach and soy.
That calls for a bit of math, actually. From what I recall, my target calorie count to lose a little weight pretty slowly was around 2000 per day. Spinach has a caloric density of about ????, meaning 300 calories per 100 grams. That means you’d have to eat about 600 grams of x pounds of spinach each day to meet your goals, and more to actually gain weight. I don’t know, but I don’t think I could do it if I tried.
So, you’ll often find my wife and I, standing around in the kitchen, eating handfuls of granola and sugar-snap peas while Beckett, our beloved Weimeraner, stands by tilting her head and looking bewildered. She’s not used this behavior.
I’m pretty hungry right now. I have an apple sitting on the table over there, but I’m not in the mood. I’m also not so anxious to eat. It’s good to sit with your hunger occasionally. It won’t kill you, y’know. Somebody somewhere wrote “If you eat as soon as you’re hungry, you’ll never know what your hunger is for.”