I am usually hungry again in about two hours if I eat only fruit and vegetables. I combine nuts, seeds, and ancient unprocessed grains with my meals to maintain a comfortably full feeling for hours longer. This combination creates a balance of nutritional needs so that your body isn’t sending you “hungry again” messages in two hours.
After correcting some health issues for which I was facing surgery, I realized that you are what you eat. Unfortunately, I was eating the typical American diet of meats, cheeses, sauces, and processed foods, which are toxic for many of us. Eating this way caused me to have several debilitating migraines per week, as many as seven sinus infections a year, inflammation of the joints so severe that I experienced pain while standing or walking, even in flats, and many digestive issues.
A vegetarian diet works well for me, and I stick to it about 95% of the time. I have wild-caught grilled fish twice each month, and I will enjoy freshly baked bread on rare occasions. Mr. Mickey and I occasionally share a wonderful dessert. The point is that I don’t make this a habit at every meal or even every week. I save my splurges for the very best of these treats. I rarely eat everything on a plate that I did not load. For example, when I am served an entree in most American restaurants, I would typically consume portions during two or even three mealtimes, not just one. I always stop eating before I feel complete. There is no worse feeling than being bloated and feeling stuffed.
I make a large pot of the porridge described below every week and have it a few times. Then, depending on how you prepare it, you can enjoy it for breakfast or as a side dish with any meal.
Susan’s Power Porridge
1/4 cup of farro (how to cook farro here)
1/4 cup brown lentils (simmer for twenty minutes in water until tender, not mushy)
Add the following items near the end of cooking time and stir to avoid sticking.
2 Tablespoons flax seeds (I grind them in a coffee grinder)
1/2 cup of rolled oats (Added near the end of cooking time. Needs about five minutes cooking time.)
1 Tablespoon Hemp Hearts (Add at the end of the cooking time or sprinkle on top.)
1 Tablespoon sunflower seeds and sesame seeds
1 Tablespoon natural raw walnuts
1 Tablespoon raw pecans
One teaspoon of Nutritional Yeast (This is not brewer’s yeast.) It supplies B vitamins.
One teaspoon of Blackstrap Molasses