The study started today and, rather than ease into things, I was given a few slices of cow right out of the gate:

roastbeef sandwich

I admit I was a little anxious about eating it – it’s been 7 years! Anyway, I bit into it and found that meat isn’t really that good. I can think of tons of vegetarian food I’d rather eat. Also, it’s about 4 hours later and I think the damn stuff is still sitting in the bottom of my stomach. Of course, that could also be the medication I have to take (bile acid), but I can’t say for sure. Anyway, this study has already done one thing for my vegetarianism – convinced me that I’m really not missing much. A mildly upset stomach isn’t too big a deal. I’m not dead nor vomiting, so I guess my body can still handle meat… Kind of…
Oh, and here’s a breakdown of the 3-day rotating menu I get to follow for the next 18 days:

Menu 1:

  • Breakfast
  • apple juice
  • skim milk
  • cinnamon raisin bagel
  • cream cheese
  • frosted flakes cereal
  • Lunch
    • roast beef sandwich with au jus (the picture above)
    • dijon mustard
    • peaches
    • pretzels
    • rice krispie treat
  • Dinner
    • chicken broccoli rice casserole
    • bread
    • green beans
    • dinner roll
    • salad with dressing

    Menu 2:

    • Breakfast
    • orange juice
    • skim milk
    • plain bagel
    • cream cheese
    • froot loops cereal
  • Lunch
    • chicken BBQ sandwich
    • applesauce
    • chex mix
    • fig newtons
  • Dinner
    • sliced turkey
    • mashed potatoes with gravy
    • corn
    • bread
    • dinner roll
    • salad with dressing

    Menu 3:

    • Breakfast
    • grape juice
    • skim milk
    • bread for toast
    • jelly
    • corn pops cereal
  • Lunch
    • turkey salad in pita bread
    • pears
    • tortilla chips
    • picante sauce
    • snackwell’s cookies
  • Dinner
    • roast beef
    • rotini noodles with gravy
    • broccoli
    • bread
    • dinner roll
    • salad with dressing

    Fun!

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    2 Replies to “so… meat, not as good as I remember”

    1. Yeah, they prepare everything – short of me heating it up. It’s actually packed in neat little white bags that I could take places if I needed to (I may bring one Friday to the orientation). All I do is go pick it up every few days.

      They are very controlling because they have to meet certain dietary requirements for what they are trying to accomplish (not exactly sure what, but I know it’s related to cholesterol and bile acid). Since meat is kind of intriguing for me, it’s not too bad entertainment wise – of course, I’m only 2/3 of the way through my first day. 😉

    2. They sure seem to be “controlling for breakfast” on that allegedly rotating menu.

      Sounds exceptionally droll. Even I wouldn’t be particularly excited about eating that. How much effort is involved on your behalf? Is this stuff already cooked and portioned for you?

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