I began my day with a bowl of steel cut oats/ about 1/4 cup fat free milk with
a garnish of four walnut pieces (leftovers from last week), and a tablespoon
of cranberry sauce. Nothing else to drink but a little water. I was
hungry 2.5 hours later. I waited another hour before I ate.
I made my own tomato vegetable soup for the first time. (I'm not much of a
cook, but having to get creative this week in my food choices!) The soup was
made with frozen veggies: green beans, corn, julienne carrots, soybeans, canned
tomatoes, tiny red pepper strips (more for color!), pearl onions,basil, garlic,
and I added half a boiled, red potato. The other half I sauteed with 1 Tbsp
olive oil and a seasoning mixture of garlic/onion/salt/pepper. My meal was
quite tasty; not exactly filling. I was still a bit hungry. A green apple
awaits me in two hours, followed by dinner: 2 slices of ham, sweet potatoes
with cranberries--maybe a couple of walnut pieces, and fresh steamed
broccoli--perhaps with a little Mexican cheese mixture. At bedtime, I will have 1/4 cup sunflower seeds.
What I noticed:
1.) As I was turning on the water about to wash out the soup bowl, I spotted a
couple of tiny pieces of potato, and before the water splashed in, I quickly
swallowed up the tiny morsels! In the past, this would have been an appetizer
for the garbage disposal!
2.) When you know you can only eat a couple of items at a meal, you tend to
TASTE them more than normal! The flavor seemed more enhanced. And I slowed down
my eating process, to savor each miniscule bite. Each tiny piece of vegetable
came alive in my bowl of soup.
3.) Watching TV can make one hungry quite easily. I am striving to remain busy
between meals, so I don't think about my hunger. When I am less busy/active, I
am aware of a growling tummy.
4.) Operating at 40-60% full after meals.
5.) Seeing the difference between Lack and Abundance. Lacking food makes me
more appreciative for every spoonful.
6.) I am reminded of my parents saying to eat everything on my plate; the children
in Europe(China/elsewhere) were starving! That meant nothing to me as a kid,
but everything to me as an adult!
7.) Last night, I forgot to pack my food to take to a friend's home. I was
caring for her mother for 7 hours: 2-9PM. I managed a small portion of mixed
greens, and two scrambled eggs.
To healthy eating!