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Day 6 #2 — Christi

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Day 6: the second to last day of my Challenge.

I learned that I don’t mind oatmeal with honey, and I might just carry that practice beyond the Challenge. However, I am ready for fruit and vegetables! I haven’t had a lot of energy, and have been climbing into bed earlier than normal. I’ve also experienced some crankiness, mostly when watching others eat the food I want to eat. I ate a fruit and vegetable every day of the Challenge, but it was only 3 servings at the most. I am looking forward to having the freedom to eat a variety of foods, and as much of it as I want.

One of my takeaways from the Challenge is that I have p-l-e-n-t-y. My family is not well-to-do, but we always have plenty to eat. I have felt deprived during the Challenge, not because I didn’t have enough food but because I didn’t have the food I really wanted to eat. I have also felt alienated. My husband and I enjoy eating our dinner together, but the Challenge was a barrier to enjoying meals as we normally do. Which makes me think about people who use SNAP. Do they feel alienated? Do they have barriers to enjoying a meal with others? These are hidden differences between those that have a lot and those that don’t. I hope I will continue to think about this when I interact with co-workers, family, and friends. I don’t know what everyone’s situation is, so I hope I remain mindful that people who I interact with every day might be struggling.

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