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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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