There’s a meme somewhere on t’interweb that I’m not going to look for now, even though it forms the basis of what I’m about to say. It highlights the difference that some people “exercise and diet” while others “train and fuel”. It’s one of the reasons why my Instagram feed is half filled with pictures of people’s tupperware and half of plates of freshly cooked nutritional deliciousness.
While I understand the need for eating correctly for your lifestyle, people always seem so proud about “meal prep” – the tupperware part of Instagram. Congratulations, instead of putting one portion of rice in the pan that’s big enough to hold four portions, you put four portions in it. Well done. And you steamed the whole thing of broccoli rather than just a bit of it. What? What do you mean you boiled it? For **** sake, do you not realise that you’ve just lost some of the nutritional benefit down your kitchen sink?
Anyway, when I see a line up of tupperware all containing the same food it’s essentially glorifying your ability to eat leftovers.
I read about a burger that’s been created by a Michelin-starred restaurant in New York. According to an article at NPR.org:
The rap is that this burger looks, cooks and even bleeds like the real thing.
But “The Impossible Burger” is made entirely of plants. Just think of those poor, starving rabbits with humans eating all their food…
Apparently a professor at Stanford University named Pat Brown identified that it’s heme that makes meat taste of meat. He was able to isolate the heme gene in soybeans and ferment it in yeast to create volumes as found in meat.
The reporter in the aforementioned article at NPR tried one of the burgers and did confirm that it tasted like a beef burger and was even as juicy as and caramelised on the outside like its meaty brethren.
The article also points out the environmental efficiency of the burger compared to the adverse impact of beef farming. Again, I can understand that.
The bit I was interested in was the nutritional values of the burger. It’s actually pretty similar to (if not better than some) meaty burgers with 19 grams of protein per burger and 6 grams of carbohydrate. It has a lot more salt, but a lot less cholesterol (it has none of the latter).
At this stage, please excuse my flippancy on all of the above. People post their tupperware because it makes them feel prepared and a positive reaction (which is what we all want when we put things in to the public domain) is incentive to carry on towards our fitness goals.
Even the point about the rabbit, I don’t know many vegetarians who don’t eat meat because they don’t like the taste. It’s a decision made on environmental or animal welfare issues.
My flippancy was to highlight this point – how many meat eaters would turn to this veggie burger as an alternative to a beef version? How many people would eat what they should eat rather than what they want to eat?
And further afield, how many would do anything because they think they should, rather than because they want to?