Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Monday, February 18, 2013
Our little family just had our final meal of 7 Foods for 7 Days. Are we happy? YES!
It's been such an interesting week full of ups and downs and lessons. I asked my guys what their take-aways for the week were.
Nolan said he learned not to complain. He said, "At one point I heard myself saying, 'I don't like this pear as much as the other kind.' Then I thought, 'What in the world am I saying? I HAVE a pear--something to eat--and so many people don't have anything.' I'm learning to appreciate what I have more than I did before."
I learned a list of things, some profound and some silly:
- I can lose weight eating all I want if I eat the right foods. Good news!
- I use food as entertainment. Barry and I had an evening out, and I couldn't think of anything to do other than go to Starbucks or shop. Sad. It's my goal to explore more fun, free and food-less things to do in my life!
- Let me just tell you that the allure of eggs wore off first and quickly. Just the thought of eggs made me immediately think, "Well, maybe I don't need something to eat right now."
- 7 days of this wasn't bad at all. I really can't imagine a month, though, so my friend Marci and any others who have done it that long are my heroes.
- I physically feel fabulous! I'm officially backing out of my pronouncement of limiting the rest of the month to chicken and fish, but I am sticking to a more whole foods diet. I feel great. It tastes good, and I need the change to healthier eating.
- I'm so, so, so, so grateful that God created food and that our family has enough.
- My heart is tenderized toward those who don't have enough, and I'm resolved to spread our blessings instead of hoarding them.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
A couple of days ago, Barry ran into a dilemma with our 7 eating plan. As he waited in line in Walgreens to check out, he stood in front of a display that raised temptation. Do Cadbury Cream Eggs count as an egg in seven days of eating seven foods?
I'm proud to say that he walked away, but it couldn't have been easy.
Day 2 was my worst day, and now I've settled into being ok with 7 food options. That's not bragging since I also know it's coming to an end soon. :) I'm actually feeling great physically, and I feel like I've cleansed my body of some of its junk food addiction.
The biggest thing that's happening is in my heart. I feel tenderized toward people who live with limited resources. I'm also feeling tremendously more content and thankful with what I've been given.
This morning Barry has made us spinach and onion omelets. I'm sitting in my warm house watching a surprising NC snow fall. Life is very, very good. 7 foods for 7 days definitely doesn't make me any kind of hero. My stomach still has rarely growled even as millions around the world go hungry. But limiting my abundance is making me more aware, more grateful and more determined to help others where I can.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Today is the first day of our 7 day journey of limiting ourselves to 7 foods.
I woke up before dawn feeling deprived.
I seriously did, and I hadn't even started. Pitiful, right?
The fact that I felt deprived without even ever facing real deprivation in my whole life just shows me how accustomed I am to luxury and abundance. Just the thought of limiting myself brought negative feelings. (Not to mention the fact that hubs and I just spent 4 days in Charleston--the cuisine capital of the south.)
I'm not going to publish our menus every day, but I'll give you a peek into what I've eaten today:
Breakfast--2 scrambled eggs, dry whole-wheat toast, water
Lunch--Sauteed onion and spinach sandwich, pear (surprisingly delicious)
Dinner--Baked chicken, rice, spinach
Here's the upside...I HATE grocery shopping, and our trip to buy 7 foods yesterday happened really quickly.
Here's a strange twist...At the store we visited yesterday, there was no fresh spinach. Evidently there was a freeze, and spinach is expensive and hard to come by. What irony! It made me think, though. I am used to going to a grocery store that is not only full of food, it is full of almost any kind of food you can imagine from anywhere in the world. What if food was scarce even in our grocery stores? What if it was limited? Truly food for thought and thankfulness.
Tomorrow I've got a special pre-Valentine's treat cooked up, but I'll be back later in the week to report in. My bold declaration that I would blog every day this week is probably bogus, but I promise to update. :)
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Last week I wrote that starting Feb. 12, our family is going to limit our food intake to 7 foods for 7 days and follow with 3 more weeks of limited foods.
The natural question is one that my friends are asking--why?
The challenge came from reading the book entitled 7, but here are our reasons:
- As Jen Hatmaker has said, we want to simplify life so that God can be amplified.
- We want to be reminded that an overwhelming number in our world have limited foods accessible and are hungry. Here are some links for inspiration: The Poverty Diet (what American hunger is like), What the World Eats--photo essay from Time (pay special attention to picture #3)
- We want to take time to learn about countries where hunger is an overwhelming problem and take time to pray. I'm going to make 30 cards with 30 countries and several facts about that country. If I can figure out how to share those cards, I will!
- We want to spiritually grow from experiencing less.
- Whole wheat bread