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Friday, January 24, 2020

In response to my last blog, spark friends shared wonderful support to propel me forward. Thank you! Besides the support, some suggestions really helped. Both 1Crazydog and Speded2 reminded me of one huge piece to my puzzle I had neglected-PROTEIN. (Warning...vegans and vegetarians may want to look away for the blasphemy I am about to share). For some reason when I go too long without lean meat, poultry or fish, no matter how much vegetarian protein I have, I start to feel really hungry. I can go days of being either vegetarian or even not vegetarian, but just having animal related foods like yogurt and eggs, but no meat/fish/poultry. However, if I go too long, I get ravenous. Beans, tofu, nuts, etc are amazing, but just don't cut it for me after a week. My husband, on the other hand could go vegetarian without issue. So...I had some chicken breast the next day with dinner and boom! I wasn't starving an hour after dinner! Why do I keep forgetting these things?

After being inspired by a blogpost I found googling recipes, I decided to make myself a cabbage, mushroom, onion and carrot stir-fry last night after dinner that I would have for lunch today. I threw in a little shrimp too that I bought for it! Well I couldn't wait to indulge so I had some for breakfast and loved it! Can't wait to have more at lunch. (I made it up as I went based on inspiration from the blog I saw and other recipes. I am no great chef which is why I am not attempting to share a recipe. My standards are low! LOL!) I sprinkled on top a new Trader Joe's find-Japanese Multi-purpose seasoning (kelp & sesame seeds) for a nice healthy Chinese-Japanese combo dish.

Bundled up and did a longer than usual sunrise walk this morning. Such a gift to be able to watch a sunrise while getting exercise and breathing in fresh air!

Last week I lamented that Fridays are my most challenging day. Hoping I am turning that around with your help!
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  • SPICY23
    emoticon on conquering your week! emoticon on rediscovering that protein is a key component that prevents food cravings at your most vulnerable time of day.

    I applaud your stir-fry for breakfast experience. I used to get lots of funny looks for eating 'dinner for breakfast' and 'breakfast for dinner' but that's what felt best at that time in my life. I am still inclined to do a first meal stir-fry as it hits all nutritional targets, it just doesn't happen until later now with the IF I follow.


    Peace and Care
    29 days ago
    Good for you for remembering what works best for YOU! And, your meals sound GREAT!
    32 days ago
    The stir fry sounds really good. I smiled when I read you had some for breakfast. Tuna salad is favorite of mine, sadly, I'm the only who likes it. Making a small amount is a challenge, so I usually have it for breakfast and then again for lunch or supper for a couple of days. I'm think I'll try the stir fry.

    I find it amazing how much difference one small change can make. Good luck with the weekend, but I think you've got this and luck will have nothing to do with it.

    32 days ago
    It's good you figured out what was causing the nighttime hunger and have taken steps to handle it. I'm a big believer in lots of vegetables stir-fried with just a little meat. In the past, I think we Americans have really over-consumed protein, but that's changing, and I think we're getting more balanced and have realized that a 1-pound steak is neither necessary nor desirable. Chicken's my favorite, too!

    Keep at it!
    32 days ago
    I staaarrrrve without plenty of protein at all meals!
    For years I tried to have oatmeal, which I love, for breakfast every day, but by 10 my stomach would be growling.
    And, cabbage? Woo-hooo! I love it and often have it, sautéed in butter (I live LCHF) alongside my protein.

    32 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    32 days ago
    yes your breakfast lunch sounds so good, i am not a great cook just sauted some mushroom and tomatoes in olive oil added garlic when it made like a sauce i added some scallops, and ate it over pasta yum. the original recipe called for chicken soup and capers etc. . Simple is best. and I need not only protein but a little fat or I am lost. Hugs glad your doing good
    32 days ago
    Your breakfast/lunch sounds delish! Good for you for going on a nice long walk!
    33 days ago
  • no profile photo CD24558803
    We have to do what works for us.
    33 days ago
    Glad things are going well for you. I think we are all different. I like meat (beef, chicken, fish) at least one meal a day.
    33 days ago
    I'm the same way with protein, can't seem to stay satiated without some meat, fish or poultry in my diet. I'll go a few weeks without red meat but then I start to crave it - and then I'll have it for several days in a row, after which I'm done for a while again. I figure there's something in there my body needs.
    33 days ago
    Woo hoo!
    33 days ago
    Oh, I never thought of cabbage in my stir fry. I have some shrimp, I'll have to pick up a few more vegetables and give that a try. I do love stir fry. I wouldn't be able to survive without meat protein and my husband would likely leave me if I suggested we go vegetarian. He'll do a vegetarian meal every now and then but he's definitely a meat and potatoes guy!
    33 days ago
    Glad you found the secret to relieve the hunger pangs. emoticon emoticon
    33 days ago
    HUGS to you for figuring out what makes you feel better! IF we listen, our bodies guide us!

    Good for you for taking a good long walk. I LOVE seeing the sunrise. Highlight of my day (well, except for sunsets!)

    Here's to a less challenging FriYaY!
    33 days ago
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