Second post today... OMG I am just DYING to eat the house today. I don't know what's come over me, but I am hungry hungry hungry!! I am *not* craving junk, I am *not* going nuts for a binge, but my hunger level went through the roof. I think it may be related to my cycle. It's a handy scapegoat, anyway.
In order to satisfy my crazy desire to fill my stomach (which feels like a bottomless pit no matter what I eat), I have a huge pot of kale simmering on the stove. I tore the big bunch of raw kale into pieces and removed the tough stems. I simmered it for 5 minutes in salted water and then drained it (kills the bitter, even though some vitamins leech out). Then I sauteed half a sweet onion and a garlic clove in a half Tablespoon of olive oil, threw in about 4oz of ham (cubed up tiny), 2 thin slices of pre-cooked, 40-calorie bacon (chopped), some salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and a cup or so of water. I've had it on low all afternoon (3-4 hours) and soon... very soon... I am going to dive in with a fork. I am going to eat kale until I am absolutely FILLED. This empty feeling is driving me nuts, and even if I eat the WHOLE pot of kale (which is likely a physical impossibility), it only has about 420 calories. I'll be well within my calorie limit for today.
Well, as I was blogging my intense hunger overcame me and I went and got a bowl of kale. OH MY GOSH. Sooooo good. If you like greens you will *love* these. If you hate greens, you will *love* these! So tender and flavorful, better than ANY junk I can imagine. In fact I *may* eat the whole pot! I sprinkled it with a bit of Balsamic vinegar.
I don't really understand this kind of weird hunger I am feeling. I have it every once in awhile but not often at all. It's real stomach hunger but I can eat and eat and still feel hungry for a long time. I've tried drinking lots of water, that doesn't do it. It isn't a craving and it isn't a "want to eat" thing. I just can't seem to get full. Oh, if I eat *enough* volume I do finally feel it, but it's almost like the switch isn't working. You know that switch that your brain flips to tell you you're full? It just doesn't work at times like this. Very odd. But I am aware of it so I tend to cook a big pot of soup or veggies or something to eat until the switch FINALLY flips (which is after quite a large amount of food). Maybe it means I am about to drop some pounds! We'll see.
I took my daughter out for a walk today. It was very nice out and I probably got in about 3/4 mile. If I feel up to it, I'll bike this evening. Enjoy your night!
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