Lunch was a collection of things in the refrigerator mostly. We still had some leftover mix of chopped veggies in the refrigerator, as well as some mixed fruit and of course chopped greens.
|Assortment of some food available for lunch|
|The curried sweet potato was a great idea|
Tonight's dinner was something I dreamed up just today and was easy and fast to prepare, (and delicious!) then slow-cooked for 3 hours.
White Navy Beans and Banana Squash with Kale.
Into a slow-cooker add
1 15 oz can of no-salt added Navy Beans, rinsed and drained
1 28 oz can of Roma tomatoes, chopped plus the juice
1/4 banana squash, peeled and cubed
3 ribs of celery sliced
1 orange bell pepper chopped
1/2 Cup of red wine (I use Zin or a Cab)
1/2 tsp dried Thyme
1 tsp dried Basil
Cook on high for 3 hours and then keep warm
1 large bunch of kale, washed, stemmed and chopped
Steam kale for 30 minutes until very tender.
I served this over brown rice, layered with the kale and then the bean stew. A splash of balsamic vinegar is just the perfect finisher.
Learning about my hunger
It occurred to me that I am learning the difference between true and toxic hunger and just about within the common time frame that Dr. Fuhrman discusses in his revised "Eat to Live." (Did I mention that this is a fantastic book?) A few months ago, I would have been feeling miserable missing dinner. I would have felt weak, with stomach growling and probably head beginning to ache. I would have been anxious to feed my toxic hunger. Now, it is not a big deal to only eat one meal.
I am hungry as I write this (Oct 20 am), but it is not an unpleasant sensation. I am really looking forward to lunch. Because I am hungry, it will taste better. I mean that literally, too. Doug Lisle explains how our hunger mediates our pleasure response from food. Our brain gives us more pleasure from eating when we are truly hungry - it is encouraging us to eat. Eating when hungry makes the food taste better. Between that, and becoming used to a lower calorie density diet, I think that I am getting more pleasure from my food than others who stuff themselves frequently with high calorie density SAD treats. Plus I get the undeniable health benefits. Learning what hunger is, and how to deal with it, was a real missing piece of the puzzle for me.