Or, I Can Haz Deep Fryer?
So I had a meeting yesterday morning. It did strange stuff to my eating/sleeping schedule. Actually, my sleeping schedule's doing weird stuff to my eating/sleeping schedule.
Anyway. During the meeting-thing my eating choices came up. For some strange reason, people seem to think that cutting out meat, eggs, most dairy means eating healthy. All the time.
Sure, there are no chocolate-dipped, bacon wrapped deep fried twinkies in my pantry. No triple-stacked bacon cheeseburgers. No magic mystery meat of the hotdog-type. But on what strange universe is all junk food meaty?
Anyone who's been reading here for, oh, more than a week will know I have a serious junk food habit. Between that and the diet soda thing I've got some serious unhealthy going on. Taking the animal stuff out of a junky diet doesn't do anything except maybe (only maybe) lower dietary cholesterol and increase fiber intake.
Just sitting here I can think of a dozen things to eat that are in no way healthy but are either already vegan, or easy to veganize. Things like regular Lays or Ruffles potato chips. French Fries. Chocolate "milk" shakes, fritos, Sour "cream" based dips, tasty white bread, cupcakes, choco-chip cookies, chili-"cheese" fries, veggie hotdogs topped with that same stuff.
Heck, "hotdogs" stuffed with vegan cheese, wrapped in crescent rolls and dipped in mustard and catsup (sooo on my "if I had $100 for junk food" list).
The guy actually *said* "what's left to eat?" Like all I can have is dry boring lettuce, or something.
Really? Take out the meat, cheese, eggs and there's nothing left to eat?
I admit, on my budget interesting food is pretty sparse. Just because *I* can't afford something doesn't make it not there.
I'm kinda floored by this actually. Most people *see* me eat before they know *what* I eat. I don't run into this kinda deal all that often. I mean, it's tough to think a chick with a bottle of soda, a bag of Frito's, and a can of bean dip is really on a healthy eating kick. Breakfast of champions, that...
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Food-wise, yesterday was dull. With my 8 hour "nap" in the middle of the day, I ended up finishing off the (by then stale) pancakes for breakfast, and cooked up an oven full of "fried" zucchini for dinner. I tried oven baking them. Ok, that's a lie. I pan fried them, re-breaded them, *then* tried baking them.
I dream in technicolor deep fryer. I really really do.
The oven baked/ pan fried zucchini was kinda floppy, never got really crispy, and went from undercooked to risking fiery death with no real "yum, this is good" stage in between. Some were actually both undesirable stages *at the same time*.
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Really, though, am I *that* confused? Am I that out of touch with "normal" eating people? Is this a "southern" thing? Or should I just go out and happily munch dry lettuce like a good little rabbit?