A reflection

As we approach the half way point of the challenge, I have been reflecting on the real life struggle millions of Americans face every day.  The constant worry of not knowing where the next meal will come from or if there is enough money to get by for the week.  Of course, this project is only for a week and there is no way to get a sense of the real fight people face daily, but I can see the perspective.  It is so hard to try to eat a balanced and healthy diet while living this way.    This is the greatest challenge we face as nutrition educators: How can we educate members on the community living on food stamps and teach them how to eat better, if we know and now have the experience that it is almost impossible? This morning started out like any other.  Ben and I went to the gym and came home with plenty of time to prepare breakfast.  But between cooking eggs, toasting bread and preparing our lunches, we were fighting to make it on time to leave.  Our old spatula decided it wanted to melt and we were forced to trash one of our eggs (we wasted 70 calories worth of nutritious protein).  It was a difficult and stressful morning.  It is taking a lot of time to prepare our meals and plan what we will eat.  I have less energy that usual.

I have class tonight, which means I will not arrive home until around 7:30pm.  I am hoping the food I have with me today can sustain me until this evening.  I have leftover soup (again), with added black beans and barley.  I also brought some carrots, celery and a bag of shredded wheat cereal.  And now, the question on my mind is what we will make for dinner...