I am approaching the end of day three of the food experiment I talked about here a couple of days ago. How's it going, you ask?
The first two days were the hardest and I feel like it's getting a little easier. I've felt pretty hungry in between meals and it takes a lot more work to prepare the seven foods that were chosen than I am normally used to. I have used my crock pot a TON this week. I've been throwing chicken breasts in there and yesterday I added sweet potatoes which turned out pretty good. I've never cooked sweet potatoes in the crock pot before.
Things I've noticed about my body... The first two days I felt pretty crappy. Tired. Lethargic. And my muscles were cramping probably because I wasn't eating ENOUGH food. I think I was taking in too much protein and not enough fiber because my system was a little "backed up". TMI, I know. Sorry.
Even though it's been hard so far (I don't know why I expected it to be easier) here's what I've observed...
1) We eat because we can. There have been many times these last couple of days where I thought "I want a cookie" or "I'm gonna go eat some chips" forgetting that those items were not on the '7' approved list. I just wanted to eat because I could. Because it was there and accessible. Not necessarily because I was hungry or needed to eat.
2) When you don't have access to food, you think about it a lot. I've found myself constantly thinking about food. What I want to eat. What I can't wait to eat when this experiment is over. What I could eat without anyone knowing. My mind has been consumed with thoughts about food and I don't really like that.
This experiment has really been stretching me. The only bummer aside from being hungry is that this seven foods has taken a toll on our grocery budget that I did not anticipate. We have a certain amount of money for groceries each week and this experiment has eaten up most of our food money already and we still have a two-year-old mouth to feed.
So we may be splitting this month up into chunks rather than doing it consecutively.
We'll just take it one day at a time:)