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A (not-so-typical) Day in the Life of a Vegetarian (part two) - December 2011
Okay, so we have detailed the morning rituals, now it’s time to go over what tends to happen during the latter portion of my day. After arriving home from work, there is often a great, tasty and healthy Vegetarian meal waiting for me. It may consist of potatoes and/or other organic (generally home-grown) veggies. While the veggies, themselves, do not usually have a plentiful degree of flavour, the herbs and spices that my wife uses definitely do.
Whatever it is that my wife has prepared for our dinner, it generally takes at least two platefuls to appease my hunger. It’s not that the food requires that much consumption; I just really enjoy her home-cooking. Much of our dinners are prepared from veggies that have grown in our own little garden; that way, we know there is no genetic modification, no moth genes in our tomatoes, etc.
Before we were together, Whitney and I, my evening meals looked a lot different. For example, as a lazy eater, I would consume such delicacies as mixed nuts, protein bars and organic yogurt. And these would often be my meals for the end of the workday. While I am no proponent of dairy products or their consumption, an occasional organic yogurt makes some degree of sense to me, thus, I would down said concoction.
Should our evening meal consist primarily of carbohydrates, I usually follow it – if my stomach still have enough room – with another protein drink. This, at least in my mind, balances out the carbohydrate/protein consumption. Remember, too many carbohydrates will be stored in the body as fat. We need very few carbs for our energy requirements; the rest are stored for later.
Late night snacks are not entirely out of the question, just because I’m a devout Vegetarian. Okay, so they’re not usually suggested by many nutritional “experts”, but people are going to succumb to habit and this seems to be one of them. So, if you decide to snack in the latter part of the day, here are some suggestions:
Fruit is good. A cup of organic yogurt “hits the spot”. Nuts, while containing nutritional value, also appease one’s hunger for quite some time...thanks to the fat/oil content. There are times when I sit down to a huge bag of potato chips. Yes, you read that correctly, chips. These are not just ANY bag of chips, however; they are “specially selected” and have no MSG content, for example. There are actually a few brands of potato chips that, while not all that healthy, perhaps, are not overly Unhealthy.
The very end of the day may bring about the consumption of some proteolytic enzymes. These help break down partially-digested protein substances, among other things. (This just might be a topic for a subsequent article). Partially-digested proteins can be the source of considerable discomfort, a.k.a. pain from inflammation, which is something that “rears its ugly head” with me, thanks to several years of riding a motorcycle.
Thanks to these little “magic” pills, there are days when virtually nothing hurts. And, while they originated from silkworm larva enzymes, these pills are now replicated in the laboratory. This means, at least to me, that they are “safe” for a Vegetarian to consume.
Remember to drink enough water to help disperse the substance being ingested; just don’t overdo it, or you’ll be up several times during the night. This will likely result in much more time than you are comfortable with, being spent in a very small room.
In the day’s final moments, there are no food substances that I would suggest, since this would likely make your digestive system work too hard, as you attempt to sleep. You can, however, (should you feel hungry at bedtime), consume a glass of water with whey protein isolate. This gets into your bloodstream both quickly and easily and nourishes the muscles that you worked hard, during the day.
And so ends another day...
David's Bio: For over 40 years, Dave Dixon has been a devout Vegetarian. During this time frame, he has become certified as a Nutritional Consultant, worked as a Fitness Trainer, a certified Reflexologist, Deep Muscle Therapist as well as Quantum Biofeedback Practitioner. Note: David has moved from Summerland, BC. - Email
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