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Are You Hungry Enough to Eat Raw Broccoli?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I keep hearing the phrase: "You're not really hungry if you aren't hungry enough to eat an apple." I'm not sure where it originated though I did come across it in the Hunger Fix by Dr. Pamela Peeke. "What a great adage!", I thought at the time. But now, through personal experience, I think I've come up with one that works better for me.

Are you hungry enough to eat raw broccoli?

Today, I packed my lunch box full of good stuff: salad, sauteed cabbage, blueberries, hard boiled eggs. And yes, some raw broccoli. I had planned to blanch the broccoli before work but ran out of time. No matter, I thought, I've had raw broccoli on many occasions, although usually with ranch or hummus, and it's not so bad.

So, I grazed throughout the day, helping myself to snacks when hunger struck. Until only one remained.

I started feeling hungry around 2:30. I glanced at my broccoli, then resumed working. Another 15-20 minutes went by. My stomach rumbled. I went to refill my water bottle.

By 3, I was really starting to feel hungry. So, I helped myself to some broccoli. Two florets, to be exact. That and a few sips of water and I was back in business! The rest remains untouched, despite what feels like hunger. A delicious, juicy apple never would have survived this long in my lunchbox. So, perhaps it should be said, "You're not really hungry until you're hungry enough to eat raw broccoli."

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FUNLOVEN 5/10/2013 10:18AM

    Something like that works for me at night when I am sitting around watching TV and get the munchies. I think to myself " I cannot face eating another healthy thing today " and so then I fill my water glass and cut the munchies off before they set anchor emoticon

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BEECHNUT13 5/8/2013 10:28PM

    Sure, if it's dipped in ranch dressing. YUM.

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TIFFA409 5/8/2013 6:14PM

    I'm with you- the apple never would have lasted that long. I will have to figure out which veggies prove that I am truly hungry!

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BESCATS 5/8/2013 3:02PM

    Hum !! What could I use ?? I love raw broccoli, and raw cauliflower.
Perhaps, I could say "mushrooms". They are not my favorite. emoticon



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BIGPAWSUP 5/8/2013 2:18PM

    Awesome! I like that - and I might try it. But I like raw broccoli, hmm maybe cauliflower?

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JAHINTZY 5/8/2013 1:32PM

    lol! I'm not sure I'd have eaten it even really hungry... but then we have a microwave in the office and I'd have put a little water in a bowl and nuked the broccoli. I just can't seem to eat raw broccoli, it's so dry and fiberous that I just feel like I can't gulp it down, even with dip. I prefer it crisp, but hot.

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LILY_SPARK 5/8/2013 12:41PM

    I wish I could eat any broccoli! It's a favorite but I cannot digest it. (after being diagnosed Celiac -- not because we went looking for that but I went through doctor-supervised 'elimination testing' for another health condition --I found loads of foods that I have problems with, sadly; still digest sugar and booze just fine...why can't it be the bad things?).

http://www.webmd.c
om/allergies/guide/allergies-el
imination-diet

That article says several weeks but that's just for ONE food ('challenge'). It can get crazy but it's SOOOO good for you if you have digestion issues or autoimmune to find out what is making you sick -- even if it's apples or broccoli.



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STARLIGHT615 5/8/2013 12:20PM

    I have to have some ranch dressing to eat raw broccoli.. (low fat of course)

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TEMPEST272002 5/8/2013 11:59AM

    I love broccoli - but I get your point & I think it's a good one. I'm going to be asking myself tonight "Are you hungry enough to eat cooked cabbage?"

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CAPECODBABE 5/8/2013 11:35AM

    Thanks. I'm going to remember that.

(although I like my raw broccoli with a nice dip)

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RAINEMARIE214 5/8/2013 10:52AM

    haha this would be bad for me. I LOVE raw broccoli :) It would have never survived longer than 5 minutes of hunger!

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PATTISTAMPS 5/8/2013 10:23AM

    Now that is an interesting thought... I do like broccoli, but not so much raw as cooked... but I am going to ask myself that question when I start to think of a snack today... if I don't want broccoli, I must not be really hungry. What a great idea!!! Thanks!

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CAALAN23 5/8/2013 9:33AM

    LoL, would have loved to see that look at the broccoli the first time. Not one of my favorites. Love it steamed but don't prefer raw, it's more of a texture thing.

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KEELIE21 5/8/2013 9:25AM

    lol love it!

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CORNERKICK 5/8/2013 2:03AM

  Raw broccoli isn't my favorite, but I can eat it

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SPUNKYDUCKY 5/7/2013 9:28PM

    lol, what a great idea! I like it with hummus, but not alone and raw

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POOKASLUAGH 5/7/2013 9:25PM

    The broccoli would have been completely untouched in my lunchbox now matter how hungry I was, haha! :D

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CJJANISS 5/7/2013 9:04PM

    emoticon

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BURNEDEVE 5/7/2013 9:02PM

    See, the broccoli would have been one of the first things to go. I get the big broccolini stalks at Trader Joes - YUM! (Then again, as people at work have told me, I apparently like weird food. HA).

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MIRMIUM 5/7/2013 8:35PM

    lol! I bet you hated that broccoli! I can just imagine you working away and looking disgustedly at your lunch box as you get hungrier and hungrier! lol.

P.S. I love Pamela Peeke. I have fit to live and have re-read it about a bazillion times.

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MJ7DM33 5/7/2013 7:36PM

  I like raw broccoli also!

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FRENCHSEAMS 5/7/2013 7:29PM

    Steamed and chilled maybe but raw, not so much. You really must have been hungry.

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TERMITEMOM 5/7/2013 7:27PM

    Only two florets? I like raw broccoli...

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DIANITAH 5/7/2013 7:23PM

    I agree that I usually don't eat raw broccoli alone. I love it with hummus!

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STUDLEEJOE 5/7/2013 7:11PM

    I really like raw broccoli

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