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17 hours ago, Starwarsandcupcakes said:

@Arabesquecould you do dry Beans over tinned and prepare them yourself? I would send you oats and Beans in the post if it wasn’t for customs and food rules.

That’s such a thoughtful offer but I, like everyone else here will survive. 🙂 I did consider dried beans too but decided it wasn’t worth the effort of rehydrating & cooking them for what is essentially the 1/3 cup I throw in my salad every couple of days. And I actually found oats yesterday on a foraging expedition to another supermarket - whoo hoo.

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On 1/17/2022 at 9:36 PM, Arabesque said:

Not a food before & after more of a no food issue. The shelves are bare at the supermarket again this week & I’m really struggling to find the products I buy regularly that form a big part of my eating regime. Been having to make some poor food choices: processed foods & not the raw ingredients I prefer to buy. Calories are increasing & I’m struggling to meet my Protein goal.

It’s not a hoarding issue as such here in Australia at the moment, it’s a supply chain problem. No workers, no transport drivers, no logistics handlers, etc. (Damn all those young people who had to go out en masse to Celebrate Christmas & New Year, got sick then infected their families, friends & co workers.) So even if a company has some staff & can produce produce a reduced volume of goods, they’re struggling to get it transported to the grocery store distribution centres & then to the actually stores.

Last week & again this week I couldn’t buy rolled oats, lactose free milk, high Protein yoghurt, chicken tenders, prawns, Protein Bars, tinned mixed Beans, Water, etc. plus not as urgently washing powder & toilet paper. Of course there seemed to be pallets of coke & chips. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I even went to a couple of different stores to see what I could find.

It had been occurring for a couple of months on random items but the last fortnight has been terrible. They’re saying this could continue for another month.

I said to the checkout girl that this must be what it was like in Russia back in the 70s & 80s when they had to line up for bread & other essentials. She looked at me blankly but she was barely 18. 😉

I think we need to send a care package your way!!! I'd die without my oatmeal. Seriously though, I am not making light of the seriousness of your situation. And, I am serious - I can send over Protein Bars, toilet paper, etc. What brands do you prefer? Does Amazon prime serve your area? This is where we get large amounts of paper goods, just in case. Here we have most major grocery chains - some shelves appear bare - bought canned Beans + other chili fixings that seemed to be in stock. Took a chuck roast and asked butcher if he'd grind it for chili. He did. Are you able to get nuts, eggs, etc? When turkey was sparse - I'd add boiled eggs to my salads. I've allowed some junk and processed food into the diet - and am not happy with myself. Plan to enlist intermittent fasting and premier shakes back into plan to get things back under control. So many major changes, and a sense of not feeling settled along with covid always looming... add to the mix. I do not wish to reach for a sweet treat to medicate. Toying with five extra pounds right now. I hear you!

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Too kind @Sophie7713 but I am surviving. As I said it seems to be the specific extras I use to boost my Protein intake I’m struggling to find. Hunted & gathered at a different store this morning & found the Water I prefer (am not crazy some water tastes hideous & our local water supply is very ‘dirty’ tasting at the moment because of heavy rains) & a couple of tubs of the 20g protein yoghurt I like. Forgot to look for my protein bars but I’m rationing the ones I have. Ok with toilet paper as being a single person it takes a while to go through a pack. 😉 Not like my brother’s family - with 5 females in the house they go through a roll a day 😱.

At least, I’m pretty good with throwing a few things in a pot and coming up with a yummy Soup or stew or stir fry dish like your chilli. Having a few good stores in your pantry & freezer are the way to go to boost flavour & ingredients.

I hear you about the couple of pounds gain. I’m still haven’t really knocked off my Christmas kilo either. I thought I had but no. Sigh!

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Well here’s my throw together chicken & lentil Soup. Only thing I bought was a leek. Had all the other ingredients in the freezer, fridge or pantry.

Yoghurt is always a thing @GreenTealael. Are they prunes, cranberries or something else with the almonds?

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18 hours ago, GreenTealael said:

Is yogurt still a thing? Are we still doing yogurt?

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Yogurt is always a thing for me...I eat it every day>

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dinner tonight. Ate two slices of the grilled rib eye steak and all the veggies. I am fasting two meals a day, Breakfast and lunch - eating only dinner to help drop a few pounds. Clothes are not tight - so it maybe just carrying a lot of fluids. Chemicals off. A few pounds are from some treats I did splurge upon. Of course, drinking 80 oz. of liquids - Water, Isopure, hot Decaf tea, propel... Want to feel light on my feet and agile for upcoming business trip end of month. Anyone want to join or track with me - if you have gained a few? Just message me. ;]

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13 hours ago, Sophie7713 said:

dinner tonight. Ate two slices of the grilled rib eye steak and all the veggies. I am fasting two meals a day, Breakfast and lunch - eating only dinner to help drop a few pounds. Clothes are not tight - so it maybe just carrying a lot of fluids. Chemicals off. A few pounds are from some treats I did splurge upon. Of course, drinking 80 oz. of liquids - Water, Isopure, hot Decaf tea, propel... Want to feel light on my feet and agile for upcoming business trip end of month. Anyone want to join or track with me - if you have gained a few? Just message me. ;]

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I’ll join! I’m always game for fasting ❤️

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18 hours ago, Sophie7713 said:

Anyone want to join or track with me - if you have gained a few? Just message me. ;]

Sure, im game…i’ve been gaining and losing the same 5 lbs for over 2 months now!

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3+ years out and i still have days when I forget to eat. Once I realized its already 3pm and i haven’t eaten yet, I was STARVING.

So here is my way too big, 474 calorie salad. Eating it now and anticipate that I’ll likely get through at about a 1/3 of it.

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Hey!! It looks yummy! Do you work outside your home? If you don’t work or work from home maybe set an alarm on your phone to remind you it’s time to eat something.
For me, I work in a hospital so we have to go to lunch(by law) so it’s hard to forget when you go to a breakroom w everyone eating.
But anyways maybe setting an alarm will help you remember😊
I 💛salads! I eat one everyday for lunch and sometimes dinner too!!

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20 hours ago, Kris77 said:

Do you work outside your home?

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But anyways maybe setting an alarm will help you remember😊

Yes, I’m home ALL. THE.TIME. 😂

I’ve never really though about setting an alarm now (unlike during weight loss phase when my alarm was always going off for some reason or other: to remind myself self to take a bite of food, drink some Water, get up and move, etc). Other than being shocked at how hungry I am all of a sudden some days, I don’t seem to have any negative physical nor mental issues on the days I forget. So I just go with the flow.

I do notice though that the days I forget to eat are the days I am out and about. Conversely, on the days I am living my best couch potato life, I almost always eat more…as well as more junk.

P.S. haven’t seen much of you on here lately (actually there are lots of folks during “our time” that have been MIA for a while. How are you??

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Spent the morning making homemade Empanadas (54 of them to be exact!)…and now am enjoying the fruits of my labour

Ate one (so yum if I say so myself): 144 calories

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