Meat is marvelous but salads are sexy

Day 379: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Having only been in Argentina a week I can say with certainty that steak here is amazing. I’ve been eating steak sandwiches at lunch, steak at dinner. My life has been all about meat.

But when I arrived in Buenos Aires my hostel mates warned me that there is too much of a good thing. You can eat too much steak and if you aren’t careful something terrible happens.

Your poo turns grey.

Yes it’s disgusting but it had to be said. When you are so full of steak without many veggies your body sends you a message and it isn’t pretty.

You cannot live on steak alone.

Sure my steak sandwiches have slices of tomato and I’ll eat squash on the side of my steak dinner but that isn’t enough. I’ve started to feel a bit sluggish and slow. It’s great to be tough and say you are all about meat but sometimes it’s too much.

I crave green vegetables. I want fibre. I need vitamins.

people eating salad

So when some people from the hostel were heading to the market to overload on veggies and make a big salad I asked if I could get in on that.

I’ve never been so excited to have a salad.

And so we put together a giant salad with every vegetable found at the market. It wasn’t the prettiest salad but it did the job.

My body wondered what was going on, it vaguely remembered what vegetables were and welcomed them. It wants more, and I agree.

I’m still loving the meat life here but from now on I need to find balance.


    • Ayngelina says

      I won’t give up steak while I am here but yes I definitely need to also make more salads.

  1. says

    I totally know how you feel! I felt the same when I was in Brazil. And back then I didn’t eat seafood either, so whenever steak wasn’t on the menu, it was all seafood, all the time. I basically ate red meat for every meal the entire time I was there!
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  2. says

    Seems no matter what we do or where we go, travel does crazy things to our bodies!

    I was definitely craving salad after a couple of months in India – although the country is largely vegetarian I was just not game to try anything leafy!

    Thanks for the heads up on the effects of an all-meat diet 😀

    • Ayngelina says

      I have been pretty lucky, without getting into too much detail in an already graphic post, I eat yogurt every day and have not had a single problem since I started traveling my steak is heavy and not meant to eat everyday – but you have to whisper that around here as it’s considered blasphemy :)

  3. says

    ahh! I’m going to Argentina in a few months and I was afraid of this. I was debating going vegetarian again, and this post kind of confirmed it for me lol! It’s crazy how your body lets you know it’s time to eat some veggies.
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  4. says

    I know how that feels! I was in Malaysia recently and had to eat fried greasy food and really unhealthy sweet drinks everyday. My throat became dried and after 2 weeks all I crave was fruit and vegetables.

    • Ayngelina says

      You can find salads but they are tough, either in a fancy smancy new restaurant or a foreigner restaurant. But it means they are at least $10 so on a budget of $30 per day I am with you making them at home.

  5. Ryan says

    Dr. Oz says that it takes two weeks for steak to completely digest through your system….good luck!

  6. says

    Love this post! As a vegetarian I struggled living in BA for a few, but there are some great meat free places when the time comes to just say no to another asado 😀
    head to China Town if you haven’t been there already. Enjoy.

  7. says

    Love this post! As a vegetarian I struggled living in BA for a few months, but there are some great markets if you’re happy to cook a lot for yourself. Head to China Town if you haven’t been there already, the options for food with a greater balance of veggies is much better there. Enjoy :D.
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    • Ayngelina says

      Dude that does not exist here. I asked at a steak place for steak on a salad and they were SO confused. So I finally ordered a lomito (steak sandwich) and a salad, took the steak off the bread and plunked it on the salad.

      By the way at steakhouses when they say salad they mean lettuce, tomato and onion. If you are lucky you may get a beet.

  8. Anders Westman says

    Great site. Well done. I’ve lived in Bs.As. for the past 4 years. I’m in the State’s for the summer. The Argy food scene is deceptive; a lot of flash but little substance. I almost always head to Chinatown now (Todos Contentos for Kung Pau beef/chicken and steamed pork dumplings which are called “ravioles vapor”) or to a Peruvian place for great ceviche and seafood/garlic soup. BTW, this is THE food site;

    • Ayngelina says

      Agree that the food can be puzzling. I have had some great food but a lot of mediocre food. And where’s the cheese and why is it so expensive.

      I need to get to Chinatown, I love dumplings any recommendations?

    • Ayngelina says

      So true, big cities have options. I did meet up with Rease from Travelated and had an amazing spinach salad with goat cheese – although it did cost me $10 bucks but sometimes you need to splurge.

    • Ayngelina says

      You know the thing is in Canada I probably eat steak once a year, I’m just not that into it but here it’s different.

    • Ayngelina says

      Just when you think I’ve revealed all about myself I reach a new low. Next month my menstural cycle – eww.

  9. Jess says

    thank you for making me famous! hope your travels are still amazing! – i’m keeping up with your blog x

    • Ayngelina says

      I’m on a mission to find some balance here, I’m starting to have steak cravings which cannot be good.

  10. says

    LOL ayngelina! that’s the struggle i had every time i visited the in-laws :) it’s just so damn good it’s impossible to stop until your body stops for you sometimes. it’s tough to find amazing vegetables (although it’s definitely become easier since i first started going there) but having a vegetarian (blasphamy!) bro-in-law helped. :) salad should do the trick! grey poo- bahahaha
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