I agree 100% with your postings. Cooking "from scratch" is more time consuming, but it definitely is worth it, in terms of the health benefits!
The additional cost of organic food is offset by the fact that one usually eats less of the "clean" foods compared to processed foods, which are not always cheap either.
Many of the very salty, fatty, and sweet processed foods cause us to overeat, either because we like the taste, or because we are actually sensitive to some of the ingredients, and this sensitivity, strangely enough, causes us to crave more of these foods.
On the topic of lunch solutions: I sometimes poach wild salmon fillets in water to which I add lemon juice, fennel seeds, thyme, salt and pepper. I then turn this into salmon salad with a bit of mayonnaise and some diced celery. This makes a nice sandwich filling or can be eaten even without the bread. I have actually made this with other fish fillets as well (sole, basa, tilapia), and served it stuffed in hollowed-out tomatoes.
Highest weight ever: 220 pounds
Followed the IP protocol with slight modifications from June to December 2012 and lost 58 pounds.
In Maintenance mode from December to July. Didn't re-introduce any of the carbs recommended by IP for Phase 4 and Maintenance. Increased fat intake and was able to maintain my weight.
Back on Phase 1 of IP to get to 140 pounds. Hitting some snags, though.
| current weight: 163.4