Our last day started the same as the first – with french toast. My kids and husband had french toast with yogurt and fruit on top. My son asked “Where’s the powdered sugar?” Then he quickly remembered. Yes, in the cupboard but behind an unhappy “not to eat” face. I had the last of the oatmeal with a sprinkle of granola and half a banana. So glad I bought those last evening. I mistakenly put the last of the grapes on the table near my daughter and they were quickly eaten without sharing. She likes her fruit.
My kids both had soccer games, so that also meant snacks provided afterwards. My daughter enjoyed fruit kebobs while my son had strawberries and pirate booty (not my favorite – oh well).
For lunch my son had flatbread with sunflower butter (we’re almost out). My daughter had a hummus wrap. My husband had the last of the turkey, hummus and a spoonful of avocado (left from dinner). I ate last night’s taco left-overs – a few beans, some tofu and ground beef. We rationed the last of the carrots – trying to save some for dinner. We finished the bag of pretzels. It kind of seemed bottomless during the week. We were so hungry, I missed photos of lunch, except for mine (above). Doesn’t look super appealing does it? Ellery’s best friend came over and I felt bad not being able to offer more than carrots, pretzels, and water (although that’s what she usually eats at my house).
My daughter went to a friend’s birthday party. Besides fun and friends, she got a cupcake. Seemed like such a luxury I’m sure. Friends of mine asked (who knew we were doing the challenge) if my kids would be allowed “outside” food. I said yes. I’m mean, but not cruel. But I didn’t accept any food. Thus when the party was done and we were home about 4pm, I was famished, with a headache. I poured my last 1/2 glass of iced tea and finished off the last of the yogurt (so glad 32 ounces lasted through the week), topped with a bit of granola. I felt much better almost immediately.
Dinner wasn’t so hard – mostly because there wasn’t much to choose from. There were eggs and bread, one sweet potato, some spinach, some leftover rice and a few carrots. I don’t usually make individual meals, but I let each person decide how they wanted their eggs. I made egg salad (I still had 2 hard boiled eggs from the week, and I made 2 more) for my daughter and husband. Then my son and I chose poached/fried. Acutally my son came up with egg in a basket. Good thinking. I decided to eat the remainder of the stir fry rice, topped with some sauteed spinach and egg on top. We also had sweet potato chips.
We always say our “thankfuls” at dinner each night. Tonight’s involved soccer, birthday parties and completing the hunger challenge. I’m thankful for my family participating again this year and putting up with me this week (tired, hungry, preoccupied). We’re all thankful we don’t have to live on a food stamp budget as a way of life. I’m thankful my kids aren’t teenagers. I can’t even imagine how you feed a 16 year old boy with these limitations. (And what about a pet? We only have hermit crabs who eat a little spinach or fruit now and then).
I’ll be happy to going back to the convenience and freedom of eating when, what and where we want. Healthfully, of course. I also won’t be so (overly) preoccupied with food and photos. And we’ll be more social. I don’t like not being able to freely share food and host meals for friends and family. Hunger effects everything – your mind, body, spirit, and your way of life.