Hey there! Sounds like you have been creating some really great meals for yourself. I enjoy the chili/stew type meals, too. It is easy to bring them for lunch at work and when I make a batch it lasts most of the week which is nice because I'm not big on cooking EVERY night! I understand your feelings about sugar/salt/pasta and how addicting that stuff has become for us! I had some WW pasta with tomato sauce (with lots of veggies in it) on Sunday and I was hungry in 2 hours after!! Needless to say I went back to potatoes and brown rice for my main starches for now, just not ready for pasta. I haven't even looked at bread. I think if I just smelled it I would gain a pound LOL. I have been craving the white italian style where your rip off a piece and dip in olive oil and its really chewy....snap out of it!!!! Whew that was crazy, I think I could almost taste it.
I think I'm going to have some air-popped popcorn for a snack tonight, usually I don't have anything after dinner! I really agree with your view of food being an addiction like pain-killers, etc. I think after a month I'm starting to feel free of the bad craving for junk (greasy mainly) but bread still really calls my name. God grant me the serenity....
I think that adding fruit might help your sugar cravings. I really look forward to fruit at breakfast and in the afternoon. Sorry to hear about your mom's troubles. It must be hard not to be nearer to her. I hope she's better soon!
Very funny story about your great grandpa...my grandfather came from Denmark when he was 13. His funny story is that when he arrived at Ellis Island there were so many guys named Peder Jensen (his name) so he chose a new name (Anton Westergard)! I guess he was from the "county" of west garden in Denmark so he made that his last name.
I have been busy reading here on the message board as well as the Starch Solution and Forks over Knives books. There are lots of recipe ideas and just lots of stuff to keep me motivated. It's good to have people like yourself to bounce my troubles and questions off of, too. So, thanks and talk to you soon!