I Ate Organic Rotisserie Chicken – Here’s What Happened


I ate organic rotisserie chicken! As a vegetarian, I had a craving for chicken and needed to do something about it.

So I have something BIG to discuss regarding food today. While today’s post mostly shows what I ate on Monday, the real story stems from Sunday night.

I ate CHICKEN. Rotisserie chicken. Organic rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods. By choice. Because I woke up Sunday morning and decided I was going to buy an organic rotisserie chicken from Whole Foods and eat it for dinner for the first time in six years.


Now, I have gone through these organic rotisserie chicken phases in the past where I think maybe I should have it for dinner. I even get myself to Whole Foods to buy the chicken and then, no pun intended, I chicken out.

But this time, I went through with it.

organic rotisserie chicken

Why? That’s a great question. I don’t totally know why. I can’t even say it was a craving. It was just on my mind like hey, let’s have a simple, old school dinner. Maybe you need more protein and should eat chicken like you used to. If you don’t like it, it’s not like you have to ever eat it again. You can easily go right back to eating a mostly vegetarian diet except for those random nights of sushi thrown in making you a pescatarian.

I think a large part of why I ate the rotisserie chicken was simply because for a brief second, it’s what I wanted to do.

So how did it go? Well, I took a bite and it tasted just as I remember rotisserie chicken to taste. In that moment, I think I liked it just how I liked it for the first 33 years of my life that I ate it before switching to a meatless diet.

On my dinner plate along with the rotisserie chicken was roasted vegetables, the same type of meal I would serve myself for years in the past.  

What I noticed:

Contrary to popular belief, I was not immediately more full by eating a major increase in protein at dinner in comparison to my usual meals. It took a few hours before I realized I was still full, rather than get a little bit hungry. I had no digestion problems that I noticed, maybe just a heaviness in my stomach that felt a little different than usual. I did wonder several times why I ate the chicken though! Like what happened? Did I really just do that? Did I really want to do that? I don’t know that I want to do that again.

Monday morning:

I had my usual small bowl of oatmeal before I ran but then once I was running, I HAD ZERO ENERGY. It was so extremely noticeable to me that I couldn’t understand what was wrong. I didn’t run on Sunday so what the heck?

Oh right, I had chicken for dinner with vegetables and no carbs.

In fact, I had a salad for lunch on Sunday followed by chicken and vegetables for dinner.

I need carbs to run and feel like myself. It was so oddly crazy for me to experience such a level of muscle lethargy. I can barely explain this or put it into the right words. I made it three miles before heading home. At first I didn’t understand what was wrong! I’ve been running solidly for about six years now with a meatless diet, a diet focused heavily on carbs.

I get dead legs on occasion but this was different. It took a few minutes for me to realize I should think about what I ate the day before! With the way my usual diet is, it’s very rare that I need to think about what I eat in terms of running. I have a tough stomach and always eat enough carbs to fuel my workouts so this was almost funny to me to see how quickly a lack of carbohydrates can affect me. And, it all made sense to me all over again as to why I never could run very much before I switched to a meatless diet. I remember so clearly the initial switch away from high protein to meatless and in turn, higher complex carbs! Running and muscle recovery/strength was amazing!

Of course I understand completely that this was NOT because I ate chicken. It was because I didn’t include carbs with my meals which is exactly what I used to not do in the past. I easily could have made a potato with my dinner Sunday night but I honestly was not even thinking about it or worrying about balancing my meals. I was simply eating what I felt like eating at the time.

Will I eat chicken again? I don’t plan on it. I’m over it.

Am I sorry that I ate it? No, not really. It’s totally okay to eat something if I want to try eating it.

I tried chicken for dinner after six years and now feel satisfied with my attempt. In fact, I think it helped me ever so quickly to remember why I LOVE and appreciate the usual nutrient-dense meatless foods that normally eat.

Believe me, I was super excited for my post-run oatmeal (in a jar!) after that terrible run. I even added banana to the usual mix. Give me all the carbs please.

oats in a jar

After breakfast, I made a big pot of quinoa to have for lunches and dinners this week. Since quinoa is a plant-based complete source of protein, it’s something I want to make sure I am a little more mindful about eating more often. Usually I get lazy and just open a can of organic chickpeas rather than easily boil a pot of quinoa. Quinoa is so easy to make and I always have it in the pantry!

Big salad for lunch which also included some roasted sweet potatoes. I had a giant sweet potato to use so I used half for lunch and would use the other half with dinner.

quinoa salad

Side note: Instead of combining let’s say chickpeas and brown rice in order to reach a complete source of plant-based protein, you can simply eat quinoa which is already complete with the essential amino acids. Make sense? See, I still know this stuff even though I don’t talk about it much. 🙂

For dinner I used more of the quinoa and the rest of a giant sweet potato for combined with roasted broccoli, peppers, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese on top.


I’m even back to warmed apple slices with peanut butter and some chocolate at night as a snack!

apple with peanut butter

I’ve talked about my meatless diet in the past and why I suddenly switched my diet six years ago. It all stemmed from a random stomach virus and was not at all thought out or planned in advance. I go into detail about it in this post which includes the many health benefits I noticed from eating a meatless diet, in case you are interested in reading it.

Meatless isn’t for everyone or it may be for you for only a short period of time. Or maybe you are meatless a majority of the time. I think everyone has to customize their diets based upon their own needs and beliefs and remember it’s okay for it to change. It’s also okay to think about changing and then not change or just try a switch to see if you want to change.

Like my friend said, I didn’t sign an agreement when I chose to stop eating meat and poultry. At any time, I am free to taste or try something again and then choose to not eat it in the future. I think that’s a huge point to remember and one that I never thought about until she said it.

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Any other meatless eaters out there? Have you thought about trying a piece of chicken or meat or anything recently?



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  1. says

    You know how I feel about you and this is what I have to say for your independent attitude and straightforwardness Have a great day

  2. says

    That’s crazy how eating chicken made you feel so lethargic on your run the next day! I love how you’re just kind of like “yep it happened and that’s that” instead of beating yourself up or going crazy over it.

  3. says

    It’s amazing the difference the carbs the night before a morning run can make! I eat chicken several times per week, but I can never do just chicken and vegetables – I need to have a carb with it. I need to start eating quinoa bowls again at lunch – that looks so good and since I try to eat meatless at lunch, it’s a good source of protein.
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  4. Katie r Causey says

    No chicken for me. I’ve never liked it. I’m 98% meatless. But sometimes, I feel like I NEED fresh sliced deli turkey with spicy mustard! when the craving hits, I know that I’ve been running a lot and not eating enough protein.

      • AmandaM says

        Same here on the random Turkey craving and chicken too! I am like the both of you – 99% meatless. And then a random craving that I satisfy. And usually regret 🙂 It tastes good in the moment and then it feels all kind of greasy in my stomach. BUT, then I’ll go another year. It just takes that little bit to stem off the craving AND confirm the way I eat makes me most happy and healthy.

        • says

          I LOVE hearing these things from you guys! It helps to realize we all go through the same things and then realize how much we do like the way we are eating. Nothing wrong with a taste though when we think we want it!

  5. Tracy says

    I don’t eat any beef, but I do eat chicken and pork and fish. I run quite a bit plus many other activities, and oddly enough, one of my common meals is roasted chicken and veg. I hardly ever eat any “true” carbs with supper and I always run in the morning without issue (like 10 miles last Sunday). Funny how all our bodies have different needs!!!

  6. says

    I was meatless for years and then suddenly one day, I ate bacon. It was good, and I liked it so I did it again. Granted most of my meals are meatless but I’ll include the occasional bit of meat now and again. I prefer being less structured.

    Also hooray for carbs! And apple slices again. I’m glad they’re back on the menu. 🙂
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