It’s been about a month now since starting my self-proclaimed and prescribed “Revolution 2012” health improvement program, having since completely eliminated beef, pork and chicken – or any other type of red, pink or white meat related to animals or poultry – out of my diet. And with that, along with lots of Japanese Green Tea and a SWEAT-LOAD in EXERCISE, I’ve since lost an admittedly respectable 15.6 pounds of body weight to date.
Yes, I know, the term “diet” – sometimes thought of as an “F-word” in the nutrition and fitness community – often conjures up thoughts of hardcore, struggling sacrifice, causing people who aren’t disciplined or really ready to commit, to fall off the wagon, ending up on a BINGE, going back to the bad eating habits routine they’re so used to after a given amount of time being restricted from it.
However, to be honest, I really don’t miss meat at all, except – EXCEPT being the key word – when I pass by the neighborhood bar ‘n grill or burger joint and get hit in the nose with what seems like a WALL of beef-seared smokey aroma wafting out of the kitchen from burgers gettin’ flame-grilled. GOD does that smell so ONO! Saying it real slow in a “suave” Barry White-like voice, “BIG,……… FAT……… ‘N JUICY,…….. DRIPPIN’,…….. BEEFY……… BURGER GOODNESS.” lol TEASERS! lol
But Good Lord, YES, that’s the one decadent “meatful sin” I so very miss ‘n crave.
Big, fat ‘n juicy beef ribeye steaks too, but not as much as the ever-so-tangible, cheese ‘n grease drippin’ over the fingers, in-your-face BURGER. Prior to my “R-’12” program, one of them big ‘ole fat ‘n juicy burgers – particularly a Swiss ‘n Shroom – was my go-to weekend warrior comfort food. What I looked forward to on a Friday or Saturday night. Did someone mention Teddy’s BBB?
Actually, with my current vegetarian lifestyle status, I can still enjoy Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, as like you know, most burger joints and/or restaurants offer a Veggie Burger option, where at Teddy’s I have yet to try.
So here I was this past week at the Iwilei Costco, browsing every aisle in the food area, on the hunt/bent quest to find all the meatless/vegetarian options they carry in the form of the beloved all-American burger patty.
The following is what I found…
This isn’t in the form of a burger patty, but I SO LOVE Dolmades!!!…
Finally from Costco, you can’t have all them good eats without something good for you to wash it down with…
Of all those “meatless” burger patties Costco currently offers, the Morning Star Garden Veggie Patties were the only one I got to sample in the store, thanks always to the folks we all love, Costco’s “Sample Lady”, or “Sample Man” for that matter. To which I was very delighted with it! It was certainly very “garden-ee”, where it really tasted like a somewhat “meaty” protein-based patty that’s been “dragged through the garden”. Then again, don’t samples always taste better IN Costco, as compared to when you buy it and take it home to eat, where there it doesn’t have quite the same appeal? lol Famous last Costco words, my friends. lol
With that, all I have to suggest are two key toppinz’: SWISS ‘n ‘SHROOM. Add a melted slice of ooey-gooey, creamy-rich Swiss Cheese, along with oh-so-earthy “meat-like” Sauteed Mushrooms, and surely any one of them admittedly processed, high-in-sodium packaged “meatless” burger patty products would make one mighty fine substitute for a “Big, Fat ‘n Juicy Burger”!!!
Sing it Barry!…
Pomai’s “Revolution 2012″ weight log**
5.05.12 – 207.0 lbs.
5.27.12 – 195.8 lbs.
6.02.12 – 194.6 lbs.
6.03.12 – 194.0 lbs.
6.09.12 – 191.4 lbs. (BMI score – 28.3)
Target weight for 6.30.12 – 187 lbs.
Final target weight – 160 lbs.
**5’9″ height, male.
P.S. This Monday, June 11th, Hawaii celebrates King Kamehameha Day (a state holiday), when amongst many other festivities, it’s an annual tradition to adorn the King Kamehameha statue fronting the Aliʻiolani Hale (Hawaii Supreme Court Building/Hawaii Five-O headquarters on King Street) with a bounty of beautiful lei. When I drove past there yesterday afternoon, the Honolulu Fire Department crew were busy draping Plumeria and other lei over the King. I wish I could have gotten a shot of that, but I was occupied with the road. So I returned today (6.09.12) to get some photos. Here’s a couple shots, which I’ll share more later from various other angles and zoom distances, perhaps on my Flickr page.
While my ethnic heritage is made-up of three-fourths European extraction (Portuguese/German/English, in that order), the remaining fourth of my being is very proudly HAWAIIAN. With that, I don’t know what it is, but just being there in the image of Hawaii’s greatest King at this time when he’s most celebrated and honored, I could feel the “Mana” or spirit of the Kanaka Ma’oli (indigenous Hawaiian people) and the ‘Aina (land).
Seriously, a very powerful and moving inner-feeling, that to be honest, practically brought me to tears.