In the words of Hila, “eating is fun.”
Breakfast: 3 egg omelet (like I said yesterday, I was hungry) and a banana
Lunch: Chicken Salad and sourdough
Snack: A huge bowl of chicken soup and sourdough
Dinner: Open-face chicken sandwhich with cheese (yeah, in case anyone was wondering, I don’t keep kosher)
I was very productive today in terms of providing myself with more food options. Last night, I prepared a loaf of sourdough bread and let it proof overnight. When I woke up this morning, I tossed that in the oven and prepared my lunch and portioned off the remaining chicken breast for dinner this evening. Now that the chicken was nothing but bones, I added the juice I saved from cooking it and a few quarts of water to my slow-cooker and let it cook on low heat from about 9am-6pm. It’s delicious.
Today was another day of largely being hungry. It’s very distracting to be hungry during the work day. In regard to my question of over-rationing or quantity issues with my meals, I have resoundly decided it is over-rationing my meals. Yes, I am eating less than I was previously, but I was definitely cutting back my meals in fear that I wouldn’t have enough food. I had expected the chicken to provide 3-4 meals, and it lasted me 5. I need to eat larger meals, and chili is the answer.
This is a tough challenge. I have done food challenges that focused on eating extreme quanitites of food (and failed). I have fasted many times in my life for Yom Kippur and a few other fast days. To limit my food intake to recommended servings (more or less) for 5 days is far more difficult. That is ultimately the largest struggle for me. Eating IS fun, and I'm missing out.
After I post this, I will be starting to make my chili. I have kidney beans, black beans, an onion, a little bit of garlic, corn, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. To that I will be adding the chicken stock I made. Yes, I had said it would be vegetarian chili but the prospect of using chicken stock as opposed to water seems like it might be awesome. It will cook overnight in my slow-cooker so I can have it for lunch tomorrow!