Thanks, Anna! I've been eating lots of veggie soup, brown rice, beans, and salsa. Yesterday I was on plan all day. Today I had black beans, brown rice, and salsa for breakfast, and I packed veggie soup and more rice for lunch.
Yesterday's big triumph (besides being abstinent all day) was that I went to Trader Joe's -- otherwise known as the crack house -- and bought salsa. Period. No nuts, no sweet things, no pretzels, nothing oily. Just salsa. For me that's a big deal.
Yesterday I thought about what it would be like to be an alcoholic and have to do my grocery shopping in a bar. That's what Trader Joe's is like for me. I get a lot of my staples there -- frozen veggies and blueberries, fresh fruits and veggies, brown jasmine rice, oat bran, salsa -- but I have to run a gauntlet to get to them. So much of what is in the grocery store is not food. This morning I looked at the circular in the newspaper from the mainstream grocery store I usually go to (Giant) and thought, not food, not food, not food, hmm, strawberries are on sale but they won't be local, not food, not food. At the Giant I buy fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, canned tomato products, dried beans, and brown rice. That's it. Nothing else in the store is food to me (except canned beans, which I prefer not to use but am not opposed to eating). I could buy plain oatmeal there too, but it's cheaper at the health food store.
I have to stay with my turtle energy. Slow and steady wins the race. -- Letha