Can you hear me now?!? No, not That kind of volume.
When I first started Broken Cookies Don’t Count, over 2 years ago now (Yikes!) I talked a lot about food. It was pretty much all food all the time because that’s where I thought I wanted the focus to be.
As time has gone on, I’ve lessened up on food related posts. I had planned that I would only really concentrate on food on Wednesday as part of What I Ate Wednesday started by Jenn at Peas & Crayons which I love. That was going well for a while, Then Laura at Sprint 2 The Table started Strange But Good. How could I not participate in a link up with that name?!
Ok, but other than that, I wasn’t going to talk so much about food. Then I got an interesting comment. Unfortunately, I can’t put my fingers on the comment, but I had posted a photo of one of my usual veggie combos. Regular readers know what I’m talking about. I take one of every veggie type thing in my fridge, chop it up, sautee it with onions and garlic, some bizarre spice combo, add some beans, sometimes put it over brown rice or quinoa or couscous and call it dinner!
I have a big glass plate that’s intended to be a pie plate which I use to serve it. I like it because it has sides and there’s less chance it will end up in my lap. Now when I say big, I mean big and when I save serve, I mean it’s my dinner…All Of It.
Someone commented that it looked like a good dinner for several people. Several people? No, just for me.
Here’s last night’s dinner from several views.
Piled high and all mine. I purposely made it as big as possible to prove my point. An entire zucchini, onions, garlic, red bell pepper, cabbage, black beans and cottage cheese. There’s even couscous under there if you can’t see it. I actually volumed myself out because I couldn’t finish it. I’m sure it was the addition of the couscous that did it.
My point is this: I learned a very long time ago that I’m a volume eater. I need to see a lot of food in front of me to be satisfied. I need to Feel full to be satisfied and to keep me from getting into other things that could be trouble for me.
My solution is Veggies! Whether it’s this time of year when I’m cooking them up or if it’s summer when I’m making my huge salads in my Big Purple Bowl…the point is the same. It’s big, it takes me a while to eat (especially if I put lots of crunchy things in my salad) and because of this I’m satisfied.
With Weight Watchers, the veggies pose no problem. Most of the “regular ” veggies count for 0 Points. You really only have to worry about starchy veggies like corn, peas, potatoes. This works for me. It may not be a tool that would work for everyone, but I think in the case of some people I know, it would be a help if they started thinking in these terms. They watch their portions and prepare their food accordingly. But in truth they may not be eating enough to be satisfied. I think that being satisfied with your food is one of the keys.
I realize that the entire world is not on Weight Watchers. But the veggies are still the veggies regardless of what plan you follow or if you follow no plan at all. If you’re trying to lose weight or control your weight, this could help.
There are endless variations so although many times it may look very similar, it doesn’t have to taste the same. With the salads, I started making my own dressings and finding wonderful combinations of veggies and flavors to make it a new salad every day.
I have also gotten a number of comments that tell me I’m not the only one out there doing this. It makes me feel less alone. Let me know if you are a volume eater as well and share some suggestions for all of us volume eaters…like we need more food… 😉
Happy Thursday! Eat your veggies!