Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 1: I Got This

First day of the Hunger Challenge! I woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed! I have a whole week's worth of food and I'm feeling like I can totally do this! (Talk to me Thursday when my body is made up of lentils and eggs entirely.)

Breakfast: I had one hard boiled egg before my run, because I'm not trying to pass out (a la DJ Tanner). When I got back I had a big bowl of oatmeal which without walnuts and cinnamon was not as good I was hoping. I like hard boiled eggs, I think they are delicious. So this isn't such a sacrifice. I hard boiled a bunch of eggs yesterday to save time this week. Hopefully, I don't come out of this hating eggs. My soul mate Paul Newman can eat 50 eggs, so I will probably be okay.

Snack: I ended up having another hard boiled egg as a snack a few hours later when I realized that I would have to spend at least an hour making my lunch!

Lunch: I let myself get hungry for lunch and then I realized everything I bought needed lots of time to cook. I've already discovered the first fatal flaw of this week. COOKING TIME! I wish I had a crock pot. Oh well. For lunch I decided to use some of my veggies to make a stew, it took almost an hour after chopping and cooking. Once it was ready I also added a dollop of plain yogurt like my Indian roommate in college taught me. Perfect! It taste good but it took so much time to make that I don't think it's a feasible recipe for a lot of people. Also, it smells bad. :(

so good!

Lentil stew i

omg look! onion,
celery and carrots!
1 lb lentils, 1/2 the head of cabbage, 3 carrots, 4 celery stalks, 1 onion, most of a can of tomato paste, 8 cups of water, spices I already had: garlic powder, curry powder, salt and pepper. Yields 3 large mason jars worth.

Dinner: I had hoped to make some egg fried rice with a side of veggies but I had to be somewhere at 7pm. I didn't have time to make the rice (40 minutes) and fry up everything. So lentil stew left-overs it is! :(

Today wasn't so bad. I went to the Opera in the Park with my college alumni group (aka lots of old Jewish ladies) and gosh darn it if they didn't keep trying to feed me. One was also very concerned that my Keds didn't have laces in them. I tried to explain the Hunger Challenge and the idea behind it and the consensus was that I should have saved more money for fast food.

I am kind of bummed to think I'm going to have lentils tomorrow for lunch too since I just got home and don't have time to make something new. This is not only going to be just a hunger challenge but also a tedious flavor and gas fighting challenge!


  1. Nooo!! Don't give in to the fast food pressure. I did a study while I was in college and found that on my grocery budget of around $20/week I was able to eat more, and more nutritiously, AND for fewer greenbacks, than it would have cost just to hit the dollar menu 3x per day.

    Fast food is a psychological ploy to make you think you're getting a deal, when it's a waste of money in so many ways.

  2. Hey, no I totally agree. It was meant as a joke. I have never eaten fast food except for a few chicken nuggets as a child. Don't worry about me! :)

  3. So glad I found your blog! Can't wait to hear more about tomorrows meals... would it be cheating if you went to a thrift store and bought a crock pot? I've seen them there for a few dollars?

  4. I guess it wouldn't be cheating...but I don't think I would do that since older model crock pots have BPA in the lining of the inside which isn't healthy :(