Yesterday was a true example of this statement. I’m one of those people that can have the same thing for breakfast, the same thing lunch, and supper for months. For example, since…well, I can’t remember “when”, I’ve had 1 egg w/feta or parmesan and 2 pieces of whole wheat toast for breakfast every day (week day…not weekends too!). I might get a little crazy and change up the kind of jelly I put on my toast or switch the eggs from sunny side up (yolk nearly cooked) to scrambled, but that’s the bulk of my breakfast. For lunch, it’s been a huge salad (spinach, celery, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, & green peppers) and salmon for lunch. I switch between almonds & pretzels for a little extra crunch on my salad. And I’ll switch up the “3rd course”, but for the last several weeks has included a sweet potato with a bit of peanut butter (don’t knock it ’til you try it!).
Well, yesterday I decided to switch it up. I had my typical weekend post-long workout breakfast of steel cut oats, 1/4 cup pumpkin, 1/2 of a banana, cinnamon, and 1 tbs of peanut butter (all mixed up and delicious). The calorie amount was even more than my normal egg & toast breakfast. Yet I was STARVING well before my normal mid-morning/pre-lunch hunger point. The oatmeal concoction on the weekends lasts well into mid-afternoon (with the help of exercise-induced suppressed appetite), but not so much during the week, even after a hard weekday workout. Peculiar.
Given that eggs are a powerhouse and keep me full for hours, I had my scrambled egg w/feta, spinach, peppers, & yellow squash for lunch to take care of the protein & veggies lunch-requirement followed by my delicious sweet potato/peanut butter for “dessert”. I was ravenous before dinner. This never happens.
Granted, I’m willing to admit that maybe I just had a “hungrier than usual” day. But goodness, even my stomach & metabolism don’t do well with change!
This morning I went back to my beloved egg w/veggies & toast. At least I can count on it to power through until lunch! Good grief…
Any thoughts on this? Do you eat the same thing everyday or do you die from boredom & routine?