So, this morning I put a cup of brown rice and a cup of assorted beans in the crock pot and turned it to "low". When I got home at 6:30, I had consumed 1180 calories until then. That's about normal for my intake before returning home. Breakfast was oatmeal with 1 tblsp sugar and 2 slices of whole wheat toast. During the workday I consumed 3x Nature Valley granola bars at 180 cal each and a bag of salted peanuts at 330 cal. When I got home, I had about 4/5 the contents of the crockpot, which works out to about 480 cal from the rice and 190 from the beans for a total of 1850 calories so far today. Here are my observations: 1. It took me 2 hours to eat the rice & beans. Hot stuff goes slowly and I stopped in the midst of it to do a chore. Still, it kept me occupied at slowly consuming simple fare of a low glycemic index which tasted pretty darned good. 2. I'm STUFFED. I don't even think I have room for any more stuff. 3. I may have found the elusive solution to my one remaining dietary weakness. I've known for years that I had to exist in my house without over-eating. I'd never been able to do that. I'd get home and munch on anything and everything and it was always high in sugar, salt, and fat. 4. And, it's cheap! Next, I'll try coming home and having a fillet of chicken breast with a big plate stir-fry veg. I tried that for lunch on Saturday and was satisfied for several hours. Maybe, perhaps, it will work for an evening repast.