Monday, July 20, 2009

I Ate a Burger

...and it was DISGUSTING!!

I may never eat hamburger again.

Last night, trying to fill a need for calories, fat and protein in a cheap delicious way, I decided to cook up some ground beef patties. It fit into my calories just fine and I was craving MEAT, so I smashed some ground beef onto a thick slice of sweet onion, seasoned it, and set it in a pan to fry. Drained off the grease and topped it with avocado, with a side of steamed broccoli and some ketchup.

Yuck!! Can I just say that I think I am SO OVER ground beef?? I don't know what it was about this burger that sicked me out so bad. I was starving but about halfway through, I went, ew. I don't like this. But I kept taking bites "trying" to like it. Besides, I usually *love* a burger cooked this way with these sides. But the meat was tasteless and greasy, heavy with a nasty, chewy-ish texture. BUT I ATE IT ALL. When I was done I thought I might throw up. And I thought, "what the heck am I doing? That was nasty. What a waste of calories." I ate it because I was hungry and didn't have another protein source readily available (already had eggs earlier that day) and I wanted to just EAT and be done with dinner. I didn't listen to my body. My stomach felt icky for an hour afterwards and it took FOREVER to digest.

What I learned from this experience.

1. Listen to your body. If your mouth and stomach say "ew," STOP EATING!
2. My tastes have changed. What I really wanted was a plate of squash but I knew I needed more calories and protein than that. I need to keep chicken breast and fish on hand. One can only handle so many eggs.
3. I do not like cheap ground beef!! Yuck!! It is so gross. I had been buying good quality beef on the rare occasions that I eat burger meat (extra lean organic or grass fed, or more often, bison meat). This time I went cheap. What a difference!!
4. Food really affects the body in so many ways. I went from feeling light and energized to feeling icky, heavy, and slow. Even this morning I feel clogged up and greasy from that meal. Will have a nice light breakfast to combat that. Probably a spinach smoothie.

I am leaving on vacation this week so am running around like crazy trying to get ready for a long trip and flight with kids, and my dog is sick this morning! I am worried to death about him... he is old and we adore him. I have someone hired to come visit him and care for him twice a day while we are gone, but he is just not acting right so I have to fit in a visit to the vet along with a trip to the dentist, the hardware store and soccer practice today. Wish me luck!

34 comments:

Theresa said...

I hope your old pup feels better. Perhaps it senses the impending exodus of the family?

Rachel said...

Good luck!
I hope your dog feels more like himself soon.
I know the feeling about the gound beef...I went vegetarian when I was 15 and 4 years later accidentally got served ground beef at a Mexican restaurant. My tummy was not happy!
Have you tried meat substitutes? They get a bad rap but they're really MUCH better than they used to be. How about beans and lentils?

justjuliebean said...

I ate a bacon cheese burger on Friday, including fries. It seems that both tastes and digestive abilities change, that sat like a heavy greasy rock in my stomach for about 10 hours. It'll probably be a long time before I eat something like that again, and if I do, it won't have bacon, cheese or fries. Ugh.

A plate of squash may have hit the spot for you, we don't really need as much protein as many seem to think. Beans are awesome, too. I make hummous occasionally, it's excellent for emergencies on crackers.

Sorry your dog isn't well, I lost my doggy friend recently, hard times.

rachel421 said...

sorry about the doggie, but have a great vacation.

i made some lasagna last night and ground a couple of chicken breats into the mix to lighten up the ground beef. made a much more palatable dish. like you i didnt want all that greasy weight in it.

Lisa said...

I hope your doggy gets better soon! I know what you mean about taking bite trying to like it. I have NO IDEA why I do that rather than stop.

moonduster said...

I hope your dog is going to be okay. (((hug)))

rachel said...

Poor doggie :( Hope he is okay.

seattlerunnergirl said...

Sorry to hear about your dog; I hope the vet has good news to share with you.

GREAT lessons learned on listening to your body. One of the things I've learned in the last year or two is that my body deserves high quality fuel. No more cheap stuff. It was a hard switch to make, but I find that I'm actually spending *less* as my body is more satisfied by the good stuff.

And this lines right up with a study that shows that the quality of the calories you eat DOES matter when it comes to weight loss and health.

Have a safe & healthy trip!

A Recovering Over Eater said...

SOrry to hear about your dog! :(

Hanlie said...

We often feel that way these days when we revisit old favorites... they gross us out!

Hope the dog will be all right!

Hope said...

That's so funny, because I've been having the same problem lately. Whenever I get a burger, I always think it looks and tastes soooooo good, but then a half an hour later, I get a KILLER stomachache, and swear off cheeseburgers forever, again...

anne h said...

Next time, give the cheap stuff to the dog and you get the good stuff! or better yet - not!

Heather said...

same thing happens to me too! I used to eat ground beef a lot (and beef in general), but the more I cut it out of my diet and ate leaner meats, when I do eat it, it just doesnt taste good at all and I feel sick sometimes. thats why I just let myself eat my delicious filet once every few months and Im happy as can be with just that. it does pay to listen to your body and know that your tastes can change and you dont have to eat something if you dont enjoy it.

destinationathlete said...

Good luck!

I switched to ground turkey a few years ago, and now when I eat "real" meat, it just doesn't taste right...

Twix said...

I rarely eat hamburger, lol, as in just about never. And guess what!? For the exact same reasons you don't ever want to again either! Feel like yuck from eating something isn't worth it!!! :) Now the squash on the other hand, that sounds yummy and I know I would definitely eat it with you!

Good luck on your preparations for your trip and your trip as well. Wishing the best for the old pup, might just be sensing that you are leaving. Good luck and have fun!!

South Beach Steve said...

It sure is funny how our tastes and bodies change after a little bit of eating healthy foods.

Have a great vacation!

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

I gave up beef years ago after I got ecoli. That'll do it for you!

You're right that your ability to tolerate certain foods changes as you get healthier.

Sorry about the doggie.

Coley said...

I've done that recently, too. Blegh! And I agree with our bodies being so sensitive to the changes, now. I had pastries several days ago, two and a half of them and I was tired the rest of the entire day!

NewMe said...

Quality over quantity. That seems to be something that our modern world has forgotten. Cheap ground beef doesn't even deserve to be called "beef". Choosing to eat high-quality food that is not processed (or as little processed as possible) makes a huge difference. Why is junk food so bad for us? Because it's junk, not food.

I love my husband's homemade burgers. It's not the burger, that's the problem; it's the quality (or lack thereof) of the ingredients.

Honib1 said...

have a safe and fun vacation.. isnt it wonderful when we listen to our bodies.. I can really relate.. when I was in N.O. we had beingets (sp) .. I knew when I took my first bite of the fried and powdered sugar delicacy that it was a mistake but that did not stop me.. I ate 2 and a half.. and promptly got an upset stomach from hell that only some Pepto would cure.. best when we listen to our inner knowledge of what we really need..

Swansong said...

Boy do I feel you on the whole burger thing!! Yesterday I went to Chili's with DH and his coworkers and I had a burger. I decided to get it with no bun to try and cut some calories and I know if I got the bun I wouldn't finish it. Gotta clean that plate you know @@ My tummy was sooo upset afterwards! I spent way to much time in the potty so no more for me for a while. I have been cooking with turkey for quite a while now so I guess my tummy has rebeled! LOL

Crabby McSlacker said...

Sounds like you learned a lot from that burger!

Alas, I never lose my taste for 'em. One of my favorite treats in the world.

And hope the dog feels better soon!

She-Fit said...

Hope you have a great time of your vacation!
Isn't it weird how our taste buds change when we eat healthy. Some times I crave the worst foods in the world for me and when I take one bit, its disgusting. I think those foods are more a mental thing for me now and not a temptation.

Crys said...

I would cry if I discovered burgers were no longer good. Burgers and pizza need to always taste food for my sanity, but it's amazing how much your taste buds and cravings change when you change your diet.

Hope the pup is feeling better soon!

Aline Virtus said...

Hello! I don't write well in English, but I read your messages usually. Yes, our bodies change and we must respect it. I learned that too.

I hope your dog feels better!
Kisses.

olivia said...

i am rooting for you!

soggywetlettuceleaf said...

I love reading your blog - often come here for inspiration or at least to know that someone else is going through the same thing!

And today, i found it again.

Number1: i really need to learn to listen to my stomach and my head when they're both going: 'noooooo, whay are you doing this to us? No more! We want apples!'

Thankyou again and enjoy your holiday.

Jacqui said...

If you're craving a burger but don't have the budget for lean beef, try a lean turkey ground meat instead! It is {{normally}} less costly.
Also, look into a protein shake for times you don't want the meat. Normally, a whey (milk product) protein is the way to go. Just look for the first ingredient (after the amino acids) to be Whey Protein ISOLATE. Your body will absorb way more of the isolate than a concentrate. About 18-25g/shake is a good range.

I've been taking whey protein for about a year, and I love it! It's helped me lose weight and it's something I can easily eat so I'm not hungry during dance class but not too full to exercise either.

:-)

Blue Moon said...

Okay I can only say that I believe your on vacation, from what I remember seing in earlier blogs from you. But, I have to share my recent realization as it has shocked my belief system. I was sure it was "different" this time with my committment being until the end, and goal. I just realized, through some very basic math, that there is no way I will reach my goal. My whole thing in February of this year was to reach anything BELOW 200 pounds by December of this year. My family will by taking a trip to Memphis for my daughters 18th b-day, and my dread is that I will have problems on the plane (first flight with my family) because of my weight, and only reserving ONE seat. I truly felt things were different this time, but now seeing that time is not on my side I am feeling, once again, like "whats the point". I am at 272, and the BEST I could do at this point, would be to loose another 40 by December, making me a wopping 230 when I try to board the plane!!! My husband does not deserve that.

Scale Junkie said...

I can only eat organic ground beef, the regular stuff just tastes horrible and rancid to me.

Our tastes definitely change, now if someone could please make chocolate taste horrible...

Jill said...

Blue Moon, 230 would be a terrific goal for this year and for your trip! Just look back at this blog for examples of what Lyn could do at 230lbs that she could not when she first started her journey. I bet at 230 lbs, you would not have any trouble with the airplane! And certainly way less trouble than at 270! Don't give up!! You can do it!!!

Theresa said...

are you missing us like we're missing you Lyn?? :)

Just call me *K* said...

Good Luck with everything! I am starting my weight loss journey now and need all the inspiration I can get! Check out my page:-) Take care!

sonia said...

Hi Lynn!

I saw the documentary Food Inc last night, and, I think I may never eat meat that is not grass fed / organic ever again.

For anyone interested in where your food comes from, go see Food Inc. It will change your views on processed fods & meat in general asap.