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  1. 5 points
    scoakley13

    Pants don't fit and I'm tired

    I've done several Whole30's (at least ten but probably more) and even did a Whole75 last year. I felt great and was able to stay active with no issues. I wanted to try Keto so I did that the second half of the year. It was a keto/Whole30 hybrid and also made me feel great. However, I started getting depressed in December and began shoveling unhealthy food in my mouth because it made me feel better. Then I started feeling bad so I ate more bad food. I knew what the bad food was doing to me but couldn't stop and my depression got worse. I started on an anti-depressant at the beginning of January. It made me sleepy and really hungry. So I started eating more because of the hunger and eating unhealthier because of how tired I was. I'm now almost 35 lbs. heavier than I was on Christmas Day and have no energy. I love how I feel (and look) on Whole30 so I'm starting another round tomorrow morning. I've tried a few times over the past couple of months but haven't been able to stick with it. I've been keeping a food log so I could figure out what makes me crave/eat unhealthy food and feel like I've finally figured it out. So here we go... Goals over the next 30 (or more) days: Track food here daily to hold me accountable Lessen inflammation throughout my body Break "addiction" to sweet treats Stop emotional eating Increase energy by eating compliantly and getting enough sleep at night Move at least five days per week Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner every day Fit back into my pants Most importantly - feel good every damn day
  2. 4 points
    Hi everyone! A coworker of mine mentioned a few weeks ago that she had just finished the Whole 30 and was feeling really good. Out of curiosity and a need for change I was reading through different diets and decided to look into it. I was very happy to see that it wasnt a weight loss diet focused thing but a feel good and get healthy kind of thing. I suffer from inflammatory arthritis (similar to RA) and a fibro mix. I have a myriad of other health issues and among other things I am a BIG girl So Im confident that any change in my diet will be extremely beneficial on all fronts. Because of the constant joint inflammation and migraines and stomach stuff and seasonal allergies and all that other fun stuff I feel that a reduction diet like this is a fantastic option so that I can figure out a way to reduce my pain and avoid the things that are obviously messing with me. I have been off my immune suppressants all year due to the coronavirus and my job in the hospital - seemed like a bad idea to be pumping massive doses of an immune suppressant when there was a mystery illness on the loose. This means that every day I am kind of just dealing with it. My food choices right now are very poor. I have lots of fatigue and sleep alot on my days off. And it has essentially turned into a massive cycle of unproductivity , feeling bad, and making poor choices. And I am ready for a change. I am ready to be healthy, feel better, live my best life <--- oh yeah! Sorry I realize that post was kind of just riddled with complaints LOL. I originally was planning on starting June 1 because I like starting at the beginning of months - it feels so much like more official - or something. But after following the forums for the last week pretty closely, Ive realized I was just finding an excuse to put off starting by waiting till the 1st. I spent the last week and this upcoming week on preparing mentally and really driving home my reasons for wanting/needing to make this change and I am hoping that will help steel my resolve throughout the month. So Im rereading the whole 30 book and meal planning/grocery shopping this week and Sunday will be my first day off from my work week so it seems like a great time to get started! happy thoughts to everyone starting, going, or thinking about starting! Can't wait to finally get out of some of these bad habits and slay my massive sugar dragon - like im sure its a herd of dragons (do dragons travel in herds?). Need to chop these heads off.
  3. 4 points
    Sav Millz

    Day 19

    Hey friends, Its day 19 here, somehow I have managed to make it to this point. I survived camping, brunches, cakes, desserts, and watching my coworkers eat cheese right in front of me. I never thought I could ever turn down food, let alone not wanting to indulge or partake in the food around me. It was extremely hard at first, and the first week I felt really terrible. I've had some bad cravings, but I have not given in to them and Ive been reading the Whole 30 day by day book and thats been helping a lot. There have been a few days that I have snacks, and take naps. There have been days when I was so tired of doing the freaking dishes and cooking. There have been days when I get tired of explaining to people that I'm doing the Whole 30 and no I'm not going to have "just a taste". But I have to honestly say, its all worth it. I'm 26 years old and this is the best I've ever felt, I'm excited so see what is in store. If you're new dont give up it gets better, you can do this.
  4. 4 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 31: 5/14/20 Weighed in today ~ same conditions: 126.4 lbs That's 4.8 lbs in 30 days ~ and 3.7% of my weight = gone.
  5. 3 points
    SchrodingersCat

    Round 4 - FIGHT!

    Ok, I'm noticing I'm getting a lot fuller, a lot quicker. I've always been a volume eater and I load up my plate with veg. This last week, I've been getting very full halfway through dinner, and putting some of it away for the next day. It's good!! Just something new for me I didn't notice in previous rounds.
  6. 3 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 1: 5/21/20 (cont) — I went through an experience much like the worst-ever hangover feeling this morning after posting that I was starting again. I felt like my blood sugar was all out of whack, and in a panic, and the worst headache. It was scary. It is now thoroughly etched in my brain as something I never want to experience again. Ever. — 10:45 am: (4) eggs w/ ghee, air fryer steak fries, few sips of orange juice — 2:30 pm: finished the 10-oz bottle of OJ — 6:15 pm: (2) chicken breasts, cole slaw veggies w/ ranch — 11:30 pm: air fryer steak fries w/ avocado ranch — Shenanigans over. Feels good to just be back to my real food.
  7. 3 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Day 1: 5/21/20 — I don’t want to forget this headache. A headache is telling us something is wrong. So many people think they can just take painkillers, and that a headache is no big deal. But they mean something. There is no doubt what this one is telling me. — I don’t even want to talk about yesterday. I don’t know WTF has come over me - gluten is the one thing I have really successfully stayed away from since 2012. There is good reason for that. If you had a beautiful new plant growing out in the sun, would you dump donuts all around its base, and expect that to do good things? What about a bun? Well, that just sounds ridiculous, now, doesn’t it? You might put meat or eggs or fruits or veggies there - and expect that it would get some nutrients. We don’t show LOVE to ourselves or others with donuts and buns. Love is wanting what’s best. I work hard to make sure we can afford 100% ground-up animals to feed my dogs their raw carnivorous diet. I don’t give them things they wouldn’t find in nature. The dogs deserve better? I don't think so.
  8. 3 points
    ShadowInTheKitchen

    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    Day 19, Tuesday May 19 M1: romaine and spinach salad tossed w/ mix of PK green goddess and PK ranch dressing, topped with chicken, celery and mayo salad, tomato, 1/2 avocado, black pepper M2: potato-egg salad with green onion mixed through, carrot and celery sticks on the side Snack: banana M3: 1/4 roasted spaghetti squash, topped with homemade tomato sauce and ground beef, very small romaine salad on the side Hack to Habit: chop all salad greens into bite sized pieces and toss them with dressing in a large bowl before plating, even when it’s just a salad for one. This way the dressing blends and mixes much better than if I add it after it’s on my plate, and it tastes better IMO NSV: I felt sooo accomplished today b/c I made my own tomato sauce from scratch- first time ever- and it was delish: https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/basic_tomato_sauce/ NSV: I threw out some junk I was craving (graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate for s’mores), and realized by the ingredient list that none of it was real food, just a bunch of chemicals mixed together. I thought I knew how to read labels, but today I realized that I’ve learned to understand them NSV: I cleaned and organized my fridge again, cleaned the bbq, and auto cleaned my oven Reflection: my body is the best gift I have ever or will ever receive, and I’m feeling like I want to look after it as well as or better than I would look after anything special I’m hoping this works- this is my fridge today. I’m proud of it, it’s colourful and clean and makes me feel good:
  9. 3 points
    ShadowInTheKitchen

    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    I purged. This is what I threw out: wheat and graham flour, sugar, soybean canola and palm oil, honey, salt, sodium bicarbonate, soya lecithin, calcium phosphate, artificial flavour, sulphites; corn syrup, sugar, dextrose, modified corn starch, water, gelatin, natural and artificial flavour, tetrasodium phosphate; cacao, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili (may contain nuts, peanuts and milk). So, other than flour that I suspect doesn’t agree with me, some sustainably sourced cacao, a bit of salt, baking soda, water, gelatin and traces of nuts, I just threw out junk that doesn’t do my body any good. I feel better. I didn’t throw out food, I threw out some chemical experiments that are marketed and sold as food and just happen to taste good. My breakfast salad tasted good too! @Blueautumn I document my NSV’s so that I can look back on my journal and see how far I’ve come. Changes can be so subtle that after a few weeks I stop noticing that I really am making progress in a lot of different ways. So, yes, they really do help to keep me motivated. Thanks for reading!
  10. 3 points
    SchrodingersCat

    Round 4 - FIGHT!

    Here's the koftas! Proud of myself, I did a 30 minuteb elliptical workout, to even though I was feeling average.
  11. 3 points
    BabyBear

    A Very Hungry Mommy and Baby W30 R2.2

    Day 2 R2.2 I eat what I want 7:15 up with baby. Got him to the potty and changed and fed. I was tempted to go back to bed, but I’m going to do some loving movement for my body instead to see if I can’t work out some of these sore muscles. 8:30 M1 - 3 eggs with chili powder oregano cooked in Bacon fat, sautéed coleslaw mix with coconut aminos and sriracha sauce. Mandarin 12:00-2:00 nap. I was feeling so exhausted I couldn’t keep my eyes open. 2:30 S1 3 dill pickles, 1 Granny Smith apple, 1 tbs almond butter In searching for what I might eat for lunch I got distracted and started cleaning the fridge so I ate a snack while cleaning out the fridge. Exercise: BOD Barre Blend 20 min prep video. Holly Toledo Batman that was intense. I made it through it, I couldn’t have done that 5 months ago. 7:00 M2 - chicken stir fry with carrots, broccoli, water chestnuts, snap peas, and bell peppers. Salad with cucumber, tomato, bell peppers and creamy Italian dressing from MelJoulwan (really good dressing) https://meljoulwan.com/2011/01/25/tangy-goodness-creamy-italian-dressing/ Hubby brought home pizza and spaghetti for him and boys. The smell of pizza hit my nostrils and my eyes rolled back into my head and I had to say to myself “STOP” before you dive head first into the pizza do you really want it? Oh yes I want it. I know you want it, but do you really really want it? Do you want it more than your goal of completing a whole 30? Do you want it more than the control over food you are working to establish? Do you want the pizza more than freedoms from cravings? Do you want pizza more than health? Pizza isn’t going any where, it will be there when you want it, really want it and when it doesn’t conflict with immediate goals. After answering those questions it was easy to say no to the pizza and enjoy my food without feeling deprived in the least. So big steps are being made toward food freedom this round. I spent the rest of the evening cuddled on the couch with hubby watching TV. I soaked in an Epsom salt bath for 30 min before calling it a night. It was a nice way to end the day. Water 109oz
  12. 3 points
    ShannonM816

    I don't want to loose weight!

    If you're hungry, you definitely should eat. The meal template is a minimum, it is okay to eat more. So your meals may be two palm-sized portions of protein, two servings of fat (in addition to oil you cook in), 3 cups of vegetables (possibly with starchy vegetables at each meal). They could even be more than that. Fat is an easy way to increase the caloric density of meals, so adding sauces or dips at meals, and adding avocado and olives as well, and choosing fattier protein options could help. You may have to try some different combinations in to see what helps you feel full at meals and then stay satisfied as long as possible. This article has some tips (it's older and mentions potatoes being off limits, that's no longer the case): https://whole30.com/keeping-weight-whole30/.
  13. 2 points
    RachelR

    RachelR- Start Date May 4, 2020

    Hello! This is my second time with Whole30 and today is Day 0. My first attempt was in 2018 and I ended up doing a Whole60. After some time of reintroducing foods and still maintaining habits of cooking, etc. I eventually fell of the wagon (so to speak). I've found myself at an even heavier weight than I think ever in my lifetime. Tired ALL the time. Difficulty sleeping. Out of breath with simple activity/movement (especially stairs). Achy. Moody. And just overall not happy with where I am. My experience with my first Whole30/60 was empowering. I saw positive results not only on the scale but off as well (although never really got the energy I was looking for- perhaps I needed to go longer). I'm hoping committing to the program again will jump start some healthy habits, build my confidence, and give me back control over how my body feels. In the past couple of weeks I started walking on my treadmill for a half hour each day. I intend to continue to do this along with focusing on eating healthier, whole foods! Tomorrow, May 4th will be my start date. I grocery shopped and meal planned today for the week. Weighed in and took a "before" picture. Still want to take some measurements but I think I'll wait until tomorrow to do that. I'm a bit nervous but also optimistic. And my journey starts again....
  14. 2 points
    Sadness, Surprises and Surviving Easter interrupted my round 2, then I jumped back on the wagon but was avoiding my thoughts and feelings so I avoided journaling. I took a pregnancy test about a week after Easter and it was negative. I expected to feel relief rather I felt sadness deep sadness and concern as to what was going on with my body. It felt different things were just weird. I had more compliant days than not for most of the days left in April and May hit and I was so tired and exhausted and HUNGRY for all the things that I turned off my brain and dived into some emotional eating and turning to sundrop to try to help with energy levels. All the while my body is still feeling weird and off. The exhaustion made no sense the ravenous appetite made no sense and now smells began to bother me... none of this adds up unless I was prego, but the test said no. Finally just before mother’s day my hubby encouraged me to test again. It was positive I wasn’t crazy, and things started making sense. I decided to wait until after we celebrated the oldest boys 18th birthday to pick up the whole 30 quest hard core. I’ve put down the sundrop though I’ve “needed” a little ginger ale in the evenings as that’s when my stomach begins to churn. So tomorrow is my official start date. I am not doing this to loose weight, I am doing this to provide me and baby better nutrition and to get off the slide I’ve been on for the past two weeks. To re-establish healthy eating choices and relationship to food and my body. Today I am working on mindset and some prep work that will make jumping back in easy and delicious.
  15. 2 points
    Day 21, Thursday May 21 M1: spinach and romaine salad with celery, green onion, chicken, red grapes, Primal Kitchen ranch dressing M2: leftover salad from breakfast today, banana, two roasted chestnuts Snack: carrot M3: shepherd's pie from the W30 cookbook, topped with white potatoes and ghee, with the leftover cauli-rice, kale and some homemade ketchup stirred in NSV: I woke up at 6:30, early for me and I felt totally rested NSV: I tried a new food, roasted chestnuts NSV: I bought 12 potted herbs to plant outside, and I'm looking forward to using them instead of dried herbs. I used fresh thyme and oregano tonight in the shepherd's pie NSV: I was craving a carrot tonight as I was preparing dinner, and I definitely did not want something sweet like the orange I was planning to have Plan for tomorrow: if I wake up early again, I'll get up and do some research about herbs, which ones like sun, shade, etc and how much space they will need so that I can plant them asap because they are just such tiny little things right now ;-) Plan for tomorrow: I hope to make some potato-egg salad and also some devilled eggs using @BabyBear's recipe, sans the spicy brown mustard until I can find some that is compliant I made my M1 salad way too big, and it was dressed so I needed to eat it today, but didn't mind one bit eating the same salad twice in a row. I really could eat this salad almost every day I think. I was also glad that it was in the fridge when I came in hungry for lunch, because there weren't any other ready to eat meals for me in the fridge
  16. 2 points
    Brewer5

    Like an Onion

    Whole 30 is not restrictive to me ... although I know some feel it is. Whole 30 actually expands my choices. I can get into some bad (for me) territory while remaining completely "compliant". To be quite honest - when I have felt 100% my best was when I was eating nothing but meat, fish, and eggs - and drinking nothing but coffee and water. My goal was to remain within W30 food guidelines re: compliant foods, and actually narrow that down further to eliminate the things that are still causing me digestive distress. At the very least, the goal was to remain with some combination of W30 foods. Instead - I hit those 30 days and something shifted in my brain. It's happened before, so it doesn't surprise me - yet it does, all at the same time. I know what it feels like to be on a good path, and I know what it feels like when I've traveled too far out in the weeds. I just want to get back on a good path again. If numbering my days helps, that's what I will do.
  17. 2 points
    Day 20, Wednesday May 20 M1: 2 english banger sausages, 2 fried eggs, 1 cup fried green beans with toasted almonds M2: leftover spaghetti squash with leftover homemade tomato sauce M3: one 1/8 lb homemade meatball aus jus, 1/2 cup of sweet potato, 1 1/2 cups veggie confetti cauli-rice, apple sauce NSV: I made a sugary sweet dessert tonight for the family, but I didn't sample any of it. I divided the leftovers for lunches with the warning that if they forget to take it on their lunch tomorrow I will throw it out. I just don't want the temptation in the house. Plan for tomorrow: I'm going to bake a small shepherd's pie with some ground beef I held back from supper tonight, with leftover veg and potatoes. Looking forward to it. Reflection: I think that I prefer to eat bigger meals at breakfast and lunch, and a small dinner, although looking at my dinner tonight it was by no means small, but it wasn't super heavy either. I've known for a long time that I don't sleep well on a full stomach. I continue to think that I am eating too much food, but I don't plan to experiment with smaller portions until my W30 and reintroduction are completed. I am beginning to consider which kinds of foods I will reintroduce first. Probably wine will be the first. I've got to get dairy into the reintro soon too. The hot weather has arrived and for our family, ice cream is a big thing. I'm not sure how long I can avoid it, although I did tonight but it wasn't super easy. I'm also considering extending my W30 because I'm not hitting the milestones - especially Tiger Blood - yet. I have ten more days to consider these things more deeply. Wow, I'm 2/3 of the way through!
  18. 2 points
    ShadowInTheKitchen

    Autumns' R1 Whole30 Log

    @Blueautumn I recommend the first Whole30 book too. It explains everything well, and gives lots of basic recipes with super easy step-by-step instructions that I found very helpful, like how to make perfect chicken breasts, or mayo, or your own salad dressings or sauces. I'm 55yo and until now I never considered myself a good cook. Lots of food that I fed myself and my family over the years came from a box out of the freezer. We didn't have guests for dinner often, preferring to go out instead, but when we did have guests it was over-the-top stressful for me. On my first W30, one of my goals was to teach myself to cook, and I have done that, albeit slowly. I'm learning to experiment. I'm learning to savour my foods. I'm learning to read and understand food labels. Another book that was super helpful for me was the Whole30 Day by Day journal (softcover book format). It gave me some excellent prompts, and helped me as I progressed. I still refer to it almost daily. The cost of the two books combined is just a pittance compared to what I would have spent on take out and restaurant meals since my first W30 last September. I feel better physically as expected, but I also feel better emotionally because I have gained tons of confidence in the kitchen (we hosted New Year's Eve this year and I rocked dinner!) and I find it much easier to not have to defend why I'm eating what I'm eating. It's not always easy, but I hope that you will give yourself a pass when you go off plan. It happens, but when you build the tools that you need to overcome your cravings, it just becomes easier to go right back on the wagon again. I've had an unhealthy relationship with food for as long as I can remember, but I'm learning to overcome it, and I truly wish the same for you. Be Well, Shadow
  19. 2 points
    kirbz

    Shadow’s May 2020 Whole30

    @ShadowInTheKitchen This might just be the best sentence I've ever read on this forum: "I didn’t throw out food, I threw out some chemical experiments that are marketed and sold as food and just happen to taste good." So sad, but so true. Hahahaha....
  20. 2 points
    hedegi

    Ready for R1!! Start 5/24

    I plan to start 5/24 as well. Originally, I also was looking at June 1 but decided that was too long of a wait. I get my groceries delivered so I wanted to make sure I had enough staples and food for week 1. I have enough food in my house to start this and I have a plan moving forward.
  21. 2 points
    M1: German bratwurst sausage, two fried eggs, lots of spinach pan-fried in ghee with leftover carmelized onions, a few pecans to tide me over as breakfast was cooking M2: 2/3 cup potato egg salad with a side of green beans Snack: apple M3: bbq’d sausage, roasted potatoes and onions, lemon asparagus NSV: my mayo broke as I was making it, but I googled a fix and it turned out better than ever before NSV: despite having cravings today, I remained compliant Plan for tomorrow: I’m going to make some more ghee My family had a bonfire last night, complete with s’mores. Argh. I really wanted a roasted marshmallow, and the chocolate that didn’t get eaten has made its way back into the pantry. I hate to throw out food, but I’m having trouble knowing that those sweets are in reach. Remaining compliant is taking a lot of willpower. I guess I haven’t overcome the cravings yet so I may need to throw that junk food out. I realize that I like to eat a lot of the same meals, and that I like to try something completely new about once a week.
  22. 2 points
    kirbz

    Kirbz's Whole30 Log

    Day 22. I feel really happy with how I'm eating. It feels totally do-able (though working from home sure helps) and I've been finding all sorts of delicious new recipes. I truly and genuinely like eating this way. I'm eating food that nourishes my body. It feels good. My body feels good. My knee pain is virtually gone and I'm feeling leaner. Though the weight loss seems to be happening more slowly than in previous rounds. My skin is super clear. I have very few cravings. I'm good. I'm feeling good. I could probably still eat more greens and drink more water. I'll try to monitor that more closely this week. My biggest "complaint" is that I still struggle with energy. I'm just so tired. And exercising is tough, though I do it. Anyway, here are some new recipes I plan to try this week. I'll report back with how I like each of them! PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps: https://40aprons.com/whole30-lettuce-wraps-pf-changs-recipe/ Creamy Tuscan Chicken: https://40aprons.com/healthy-creamy-tuscan-chicken-with-artichokes-whole30-paleo/ Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Gravy: https://40aprons.com/slow-cooker-whole-chicken/ In N Out Burgers: https://40aprons.com/whole30-in-n-out-burgers/ Fish Taco Bowls: https://40aprons.com/whole30-fish-taco-bowls-paleo/
  23. 2 points
    n1b2

    My Whole 30 Log (day one = May 14)

    Hello & Good morning day 3! I feel ok on wake up, but am playing the mental game of “how many calories am i eating” which isn’t the way of Whole 30. I’ve been here before, this is my 4th round over the last 18 months, but am so surprised that no matter how much i think i know about what to expect, it’s never what I actually feel. The calorie obsession is directly connected to the weight gain I’ve experienced during the quarantine & the depression I feel - i know it’s not healthy to connect these emotions to weight gain and self confidence but here I am, and I’m 100% certain this reset is what I need. I know it, because I’ve been here before. Today’s goals: - be nice to myself, forgive myself, engage in self care - learn how to attend a weekly zoom happy hour with friends today without alcohol and cheese (challenge of the day! But i know I can do it and my friends are supportive) - I would also like to achieve one productive task related to home improvements I’ve been working on during quarantine / shelter in place / safer at home. I want to hang one shelf today. - I would like to spend time reading today, let’s see if i can fulfill my desire! - not snacking at night is hard. Tonight if I want to snack I would like to instead sit down to collage (I have all the tools and enjoy it) If anyone is reading this, I’m seeking something buddies for the journey. Feel free to reach out.
  24. 2 points
    BetterEveryDay

    BED's Whole30 Log <3

    Yippee! I did it! I don't feel like recording a day by day for the rest, but in a nutshell, it wasn't too difficult and I felt, for the most part, really good for the remainder. I did have a migraine for the final few days, which was a bummer. I did experience many NSVs as a result of this - my skin cleared up and has looked fantastic; I've hardly been bloated at all; sugar cravings completely gone! No longer feeling like a slave to the pantry (especially at night); I look leaner and more toned; greatly improved digestion; my mood has been so stable and I find myself laughing more (to myself sometimes, which is not something I would typically do); most of all - sleep! I've been falling asleep so easily, sleeping deeply, and naturally waking at an early hour. I lost 7 pounds (and believe me - I at a LOT and never restricted myself in terms of how much I ate, except for nuts/nut butter) - and really this is a good amount on me because I'm a relatively small person. This has been a great experience and I plan to do it at least once a year going forward. Now for reintro! So far I reintroduced alcohol (but barely). I nursed a patron and water yesterday during the day and nursed a red wine at night, but didn't finish even half of either. I just didn't want to. But I was happy to partake by just holding them and having tiny sips here and there. I think this week at some point I will do legumes.
  25. 2 points
    stealthstitcher

    Whole30 Through May

    I know a lot of people love instant pots, but for me the crock pot is the star of Whole30. (Though that may be because I've never used an instant pot.) Pop meat in in the morning, possibly with root vegetables, have perfectly cooked supper at the end of the day. Roast chicken awaits me this evening. Continued on track yesterday. Went wild with all fresh veggies in my stir fry. Usually I just toss in frozen vegetables since they're convenient but yesterday I got home from work early and took the time to chop up fresh. It really does make a difference in the texture, especially. One thing I'm relearning is that it is okay to feel hungry. Sometimes I feel almost panicked when I start getting hungry, like I have to deal with that immediately with a snack (usually an unhealthy one like candy or chips), even if I'm going to eat a meal shortly. The last few days I have to keep reminding myself that it's perfectly normal to feel hungry when it's about time for a meal, and that another 20 minutes while it cooks isn't going to do me any harm. That hunger is not some kind of emergency but rather my body metaphorically tapping me on the shoulder and saying "Hey, when you get a chance, I'm about ready for some more nourishment."