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Feeding the Hunger Monster

by Meghann on March 31, 2009

I was Hangry this afternoon! My lunch did not hold me over at all and at 2:30 I was begging for my afternoon snack. I scarfed down this mini container of Sabra Hummuse and Pretzel Chips.

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Since I started training for my marathon and have been piling on the miles and work outs, I have noticed my hunger soaring and have come to the conclusion I am simply not eating enough calories for my new activity level.

My body needs fuel and I’m starting to listen to it. You will probably notice some extra nut butter to my breakfast, a larger snack in the afternoon and the addition of more complex carbs and protein to my meals. Hopefully this will help me stable out the beast that is my hunger and allow me to be a stronger runner in the long run.

With that in mind I have to admit I was snack, mcsnackerson when I got home. After I completed Level 3 of the 30 Day Shred I munched on bites of my dinner as I was cooking it, some vegetables I was roasting for tomorrow night and several bits of a Pineapple I was cutting up for the week. Yeah a lot of food went to my mouth the was not photographed.

Which worked out because the meal I created was less then spectacular and I ended up only eating half of it.

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I attempted to recreate Happy Herbivore’s Red Lentil Dahl and Saag with some Bastimi Rice I seasoned with Curry, Corriander & Garam Masala and 1/2 of a multi grain Flat Out Wrap.

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I followed the directions perfectly, but when I sat down to eat I realized there was way to much Garam Masala in the Dahl and Saag. My sensitive tonge could just not take it and when it got to be too much I threw the rest out. Hence, the need to nibble on other item to fulfill my never ending hunger.

Dessert was much better and helped get the over powering Garam Masala taste out of my mouth.

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I had the last serving of my Soy Delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Cream with some crushed Cocoa Java Awesome Almonds on top. I was right before, these nuts were perfect on the Ice Cream. πŸ™‚

I think the hunger monster has finally settle down and is ready for bed. Tomorrow is a new day and a fresh start.

Good Night!

Baker’s Spotlight…

If I were to list the many things I am grateful to have this blog for, one of them would be reconnecting me with distant family members and lost friends. My Cousin Andrea has been an avid reader of my blog since she discovered the link on Facebook and has even had much success starting her own – Bella Eats.

Andrea is actually 3 years older than me, which is an odd age difference growing up where we were close in age, but on totally different wave lengths. I.E. she was starting high school when I was starting sixth grade and when I was a freshmen she was a senior. Luckily this past year I have got to know my distant Cousin Andrea thanks to her daily updates and learned how much similarities we reall have from our eating philosophies to the size of our jeans. Now only if we actually still lived in the same state. Oh well.

For my first Bake Sale I was thankful to have Andrea be involved as her ginormous cookies put up quite the bidding war and her bread was deemed β€˜insulin worthy’ by one of my favorite diabetics. I know for round two she is stepping up her β€˜A’ game with some date themed treats that will prompt another successful sale. J

1 VeggieGirl March 31, 2009 at 7:31 pm

Holy yum “hangry” satisfaction!! πŸ™‚

HOORAY FOR ANDREA!!! She’s awesome and I’m glad that she’s participating in the bake sale.

2 Derek March 31, 2009 at 7:37 pm

ahh, so THAT’S what indian food is. πŸ˜‰

oh, and can we set the flux capacitor to 1996 this weekend? please please please! haha

3 Anna March 31, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I remember being ravenously hungry when I was half-marathon training, so I can only imagine what marathon training must be like. Good for you for making sure you’re getting enough calories.

4 Robin March 31, 2009 at 7:42 pm

I am starving during marathon training. I started gaining weight before I realized I needed to eat more. I always say that I run so I can eat and it is so true during high mileage weeks.

5 Danielle March 31, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Your dinner looks great even if the flavors were too strong!
I can only imagine how hungry you must be after running 7 miles in the am!

6 Erin March 31, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Welcome to training hunger! You will basically be starving for the next few month! I recommend eating lots of peanut butter to fill the void πŸ™‚

7 shelby March 31, 2009 at 7:49 pm

LOVVVVE THOSE PRETZEL CHIPS!

8 jane March 31, 2009 at 7:49 pm

i noticed when i started training for a half marathon, my hunger soared. and that was only half of what you must be feeling! i’m glad to hear you are listening to your hunger, and it will pay off in your runs! πŸ™‚

9 lisaheartspizza March 31, 2009 at 8:04 pm

yay for more food and marathon training! and even if your dinner didn’t taste great it looked amazing! I love the colors

10 Anna March 31, 2009 at 8:05 pm

I was wondering if your hunger would change with your training schedule. I think that’s a good sign – your body is reacting and changing to the amount of energy you are using. You definitely need to listen to it in order to keep up your training schedule. Indian food is my favorite, so it’s always a bummer to hear it’s not good.

11 runsarah March 31, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Your dinner looks great, too bad the flavour the was too strong! Shred and 7 mile run in one day?? That is tough!

12 Brandi March 31, 2009 at 8:24 pm

i was wondering if your appetite was going crazy or not – sounds like you have a good plan in place to replenish those extra calories!

13 Sharon March 31, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Mmmmmm dessert!!!

14 Meg March 31, 2009 at 8:31 pm

Yeah for listening to your body and fueling it properly!

15 marafaye March 31, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Good job listening to what your body needs!!

16 Matt March 31, 2009 at 8:43 pm

More running = more food. Not that it’s a bad thing right?

17 Jessica (jesslikesithot) March 31, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Yum, ALL of this food looks so good! I love the TJ’s pretzel thins!

And yes girl, you are training hard! Eat up! πŸ™‚

18 Melissa S. March 31, 2009 at 9:14 pm

sooooooooooo glad you’re going to eat more! best thing about training for a race like this! MORE FOOD!

I’ll call you later about this weekend. Fo sho.

19 Bec March 31, 2009 at 9:58 pm

I was starving like crazy today, my long bike ride must have really kicked my hunger into overdrive!

20 dailydulcie March 31, 2009 at 10:14 pm

I’m sorry that your dinner didn’t turn out right!

At the least the ice cream made up for it!! I just bought that flavor yesterday, and I had it for dessert tonight. OMG its AMAZING!!!! My favorite ice cream flavor to date! πŸ™‚

21 Danica March 31, 2009 at 10:15 pm

I LOVE those Sabra Hummus to go cups – especially the roasted red pepper one.

Great dinner tonight – looks fantastic.

22 Andrea [bella eats] March 31, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Mmmm….your dinner looks FANTASTIC!!! I just love Indian food…

Thanks for the sweet spotlight, Meghann! I totally feel the same way. πŸ™‚ And I’m happy to help your fabulous cause!

23 NAOmni March 31, 2009 at 10:44 pm

I tried the mini hummus container a couple week ago. I love it but thought the hummus to pretzel ratio…could have used more pretzels lol.

NAOmni

24 Mica March 31, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I was totally snacky mcsnackerson today too. Sorry your dinner was unsatisfactory!

That’s really cool that you and Andrea have connected through the blog-o-sphere. I think my cousin reads/lurks on mine.

25 Caroline March 31, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Yum! Pretzel chips!!

Love all the colors in your dinner:)

26 mi April 1, 2009 at 4:11 am

you ARE training hard, you need to up the yums! don’t think you’ll have much problem with that, you always come up with such deliciousness. sorry about the dinner, it does look beautiful on that plate though!

27 Lily April 1, 2009 at 7:13 am

I don’t think it’s just the running increasing your hunger. let’s give the shred credit!! remember folks muscle is much more metabolically active than other tissue, so you are burning more calories even while sitting

28 Nicole April 1, 2009 at 8:24 am

Mmmmm! I would love to have a bowl of that ice cream!

29 Meg April 1, 2009 at 7:04 pm

That soy cream loooks sooo good with the almonds on top! I went to buy some the other day, but they were all out! πŸ™

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