Maybe I'm just a glutton looking for justification but - do the rest of you fine car-free folks notice that you tend to consume more food than your less-active peers? And if you do eat extra for the sake of fueling your engine, do you account for the increased expense in that area versus the saved cost of gasoline, auto maintenance, etc.? Has your interest in a simpler, less polluting lifestyle encouraged you to adopt a vegetarian diet? What other kind of dietary choices do you make to support your car-free/car-light lifestyle?
In short, let's talk about food, I'm curious to see what kind of eating habits people in this unique group have in common and I'm sure this will be a useful topic for others to learn from.
As for myself, I decided to start this thread because I tend to get surprised comments from other shoppers when I leave the grocery with 50 pound sacks of oatmeal, or when I mention to coworkers that I can go through 25+ pounds of bread flour in a month, and because most people I know go without eating breakfast, while I can't function without it. For the record, I'm 27, male, and 6'0", and I do hike, ski, and ride for fun in addition to riding for transport, so those factors increase my calorie needs, but I doubt I would eat so much (and stay pretty skinny) were it not for getting on a bicycle nearly every day of the year to go places.
My diet is mostly vegetarian, primarily because meat is much more expensive then lentils, beans, nuts, and eggs. I do appreciate that vegetarianism is supposed to be better for long-term health and the environment, but I still enjoy eating meat on occasion and use animal fats and stocks in my cooking even when I might not be adding meat to a dish. I eat a lot of oatmeal (with banana and molasses and peanut butter mixed in), wheat flour in yeasted breads I bake at home and chapatis (think tortillas, Indian-style), rice, potatoes, and lots of fruits and vegetables. Most of my staple meals are stir-fries, curries, or oven-roasted vegetables served with some kind of basic carbohydrate, and I drink a lot of tea. And I cook nearly everything I eat at home, occasionally eating at restaurants if I'm out doing something with friends or family, or if I have to stop for refueling in the middle of a long ride.
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