September 21, 2012
The Experience is over with today. I am glad I participated and shared. Not my normal to do either so that is good.
Some thoughts: I could plan better so that I have less food but more choices. I grew tired of the food I prepared. Buying in the quantities was good; I just do not need to prepare as much as I did for each item. I have leftovers that I do not feel like eating and they will not keep. I know people living on a limited budget would not get rid of the food, but it will not do for me right now.
I can make less of each item and not cook everything ahead of time. While cooking ahead is good, it limited my choices and I might have created some different dishes if pressed to do so.
I can include some dairy – cheese and yogurt would be good choices. Maybe just a little so that I am not “dairy-hungry” toward the end of the week.
I can include some kind of sweets – either home baked or a small selection of bulk candy from a place like Sprouts’ so that my sweets’ craving will be taken care of.
I did get to feeling pretty bad by the end of the week so taking better care of myself will also be important. I noticed a depleted energy level and, also, some “wobbles” as I ran though my daily routine. Tried not to be grouchy but I know that I have been at times.
Peanut butter is a good item to have on hand. It helps hunger by taking the edge off, especially when I am craving more food.
So, I am finished. I think I may be a little bit better person for the experience. I know my awareness is heightened and I am more grateful for what I have.
Thanks to all the participants and, especially, the ones who posted on the blog. When I was feeling a bit depressed, I went to the blog and it helped me through the depression.
Also, seeing so many people participate was really good. You are terrific!
– Chef Ed