Question. What do vegetarian zombies eat?

Tee Hee. Anyway, I offer you the following cogent facts.

1. I enthusiastically maintain a bacon blog.
2. The last chocopot will be pulled from my cold, dead, sticky fingers.
2a I’m sorry if you clicked that link and didn’t already know how bad I need to clean my stove.
3. I have a family history of diabetes.
4. I need caffeine and am very picky about how I get it. Sometimes this means dirty dancing with the soda machines.
5. It is no longer 1993 and I am no longer able or even remotely inclined to run 30 miles a week. (yet)
So. 6. Obviously, eating well is a critical day-to-day challenge for me.

I mean, the exercise part is going to take care of itself. After about two months of running, I did get my first weight loss compliment the other day, which made me feel really good. But, like I said, I’ve been working on eating better, too.

It all started with this “health fair” they had at work. At first I was only in it for the $25 gift card, but I figured how much could it hurt to actually have my cholesterol and blood pressure checked?

Well, have you ever read Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart?” Toward the end of the story, the murderer is visited by three very polite police inspectors, who simply and calmly talk to the murderer… and witness a complete breakdown and confession.

It was like that.

They were sitting around me at the table in the break room with the results of my screening just looking at me. My glucose is normal and my blood pressure is fine. But I could stand to drop some weight and my “bad” cholesterol was, well, bad.

“Have you ever thought about whole grains?”

Never leave me a comic opening.

“Yeah, I have ‘thought’ about whole grains. But I bake all my own bread and I figure that if I want whole grains I can just use white flour and eat a Goddamn Flinstones Chewable.”

Now, I’m not sure of the precise words that came out of my mouth. But I am COMPLETELY certain that I did actually say “Goddamn Flinstones Chewable.”

The Health Fair Ladies were not impressed. At all.

Despite my snarkyness, their point was well taken. The “1/4 cup of whole wheat flour I typically add to my 3 cups of bread flour when I bake bread” thing just isn’t cutting it anymore.

So the key was finding something I liked. I settled on this.

I really do suck at cooking brown and wild rice, partially because I am an impatient person and partially because I never add enough water. The instructions always say about three cups of liquid for each cup of rice, I’ve never been able to do it with fewer than like five.

Unfortunately after I started the cooking I forgot about Mark Bittman’s brown rice pilaf. I’ll do that next time.

So, basically, I wated to report that I’ve found a healthy meal option.

Brown Rice: Add an ass-ton of water and boil it.
Broccoli: steam or blanch it. (I steamed it here)

Also, pretend that you don’t see that piece of andouille sausage there. Really.

One cup of rice and one rubber banded “thing” of broccoli made enough for one meal

And a tasty bento box.

4 thoughts on “Grrraaaaaaaaaains…

  1. Salty carbs are my weakness. Specifically anything potato based. What can I say? I am Irish German – it’s in my DNA.

    That said, I really am struggling with making wiser decisions re: my diet, only because I absolutely refuse to compromise taste for health. Sure, I might live to 100 if I eat tofu and bulger wheat every day, but will I be happy?

    Likely not.

  2. Word. There are many culinary hills I will absolutely die on – butter, pork products, chicken saag, eggs, “enthusiastically” sweetened sweat tea, etc.

    But I’m struggling making “wise” choices myself sometimes, and the way I’ve resolved it is to try to find more foods i DO like rather than eating crap that I don’t.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Man, I am totally behind in my blog reading.

    Hehe…thanks for the first zombie reference of my day. I really (really, really) needed that. :D

    You’re a valiant and brave man to even approach the work health fair. That’s one of those things that usually sends me running in exactly the opposite direction.

    And cheers to you for making some changes. Just don’t completely deprive yourself ALL the time of EVERYTHING you like. (Disaster and madness, I’m convinced, like that way.)

    I begrudgingly tried those Aidells chicken & apple sausages a while ago, and now I absolutely love them.

    a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse