Food for Barb Ryeburn and Kim Eaton on Day 4 of the 2015 Welfare Food Challenge

Barb Ryeburn and Kim Eaton, Day 4

Day 4 and feeling it!

I was feeling pretty good about my ability to get through the welfare food challenge until about three in the afternoon yesterday. Up until then, I had thought that the main challenges I would have to overcome were pretty minor. My main inconvenience was having to eat the same food day after day. Oatmeal and peanut butter for breakfast, salad for lunch, and lentils with potatoes for supper get pretty boring after you’ve eaten them three days in a row. Yesterday, when I came home to see my husband Kim had made lentils again, I felt pretty discouraged. But despite my boredom with the food I’ve been eating, I haven’t felt I could complain about a lack of variety as long as I had enough to eat.

Another challenge was my inability to have my usual after dinner herbal tea and occasional noon hour latté. Although these treats aren’t essential, I definitely feel like something is missing when I can’t have them. A mug of hot water in the evening is helping, but it just isn’t the same. But once again, I haven’t felt it is fair to complain about missing these luxuries.

But yesterday, everything changed. With two hours of work left to complete, I suddenly started feeling not up to par mentally. It was getting harder to focus on my work and complete even the simplest tasks. This lasted through the rest of the afternoon and evening until I went to bed. Although I’m not feeling hungry most of the time, something must be missing from my diet and it’s starting to take its toll.

I can’t imagine living like this every day. My admiration and concern for those who have to deal with an inadequate diet every day and keep on functioning despite their hunger have increased dramatically. Kim has promised me a treat: tofu hot pot for supper. Then I’m heading to bed early and planning on sleeping through the weekend as much as I can.

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