Madelaine Parent: Day 1

After a long, mentally exhausting afternoon of grocery store combing with nothing but $26 dollars in my pocket, I began the Welfare Food Challenge at 5:30 this evening. My shopping managed to provide me with several large bags (mostly yellow…Paul’s No Frills anyone?) filled with the following foods:

  • 750 mL milk
  • 1 carton large, white eggs
  • 1 loaf whole wheat bread
  • 1 bag dried kidney beans
  • 1 bag red lentils
  • 1 bag parboiled rice
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 1 bag frozen peas
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 bunch broccoli
  • 4 large carrots
  • 5 apples
  • 2 pears
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 medium piece ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp chicken stock
  • 250 g peanut butter
  • 5 tbsp coffee

As my roommate looked on in confusion, I went about cooking, in 2 massive batches, every meal I would eat for the next 7 days.  The first batch consisted of my lunch meal of choice: beans, rice and broccoli. The second batch was similar, but with a few twists: a stew of lentils, rice, carrots and zucchini. As far as meals that I won’t be making in advance, I’ve decided on eggs with tomato for breakfast, and for snacks, apples, pears, bread and peanut butter will hopefully suffice.

So many thoughts have been popping into my head as I’ve embarked on this first day. To name a few…

1. This is stressful for me as a student. I can’t imagine the stress it would place on an individual with children to care for and/or other worries.

2. So much thought and preparation is involved! No longer will a quick, mindless jaunt to the store do the trick, but rather, carefully  thought-out and calculated meal plans and purchases are required.

3. It is difficult for me, as a Nutrition major, ensuring that I will meet all my food group and nutrient requirements in the coming week. How would someone with limited nutritional knowledge be able to accomplish this? It’s likely that they would not…

4. I want candy!!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update. Hopefully it will be a pleasant one despite the coffee withdrawals that I’ll be suffering

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