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Thursday, September 18, 2014

SNAP Challenge: Day 4

Man, I love chili dogs. We don't have hot dogs often, for a couple of reasons. One being that they're not particularly healthy but more importantly because they're kind of expensive. We don't eat the cheap hot dogs, the ones made with chicken, pork, and beef that remind you why you don't want to know how hot dogs are made. I only buy all beef hot dogs and they can be pricey, especially when you're used to getting by on $2-3 worth of protein per meal for a family of three.

I was in luck this week because the hot dogs I like (Oscar Mayer all beef) were on sale for $2.99/pack. Aaron was either starving or was craving chili dogs as much as I was because he ate three and Bailey and I had two each. I reheated the leftover chili from Tuesday night and amazingly had about 1/2 cup of it still left for lunch tomorrow.

Bailey likes her hot dogs without the bun so I made her a plate with some cheese cubes, raspberries, and frozen peas and she stole about half of my chips. Her dinner was far more balanced than ours and she ate everything on her plate.

Overall it was a good day. I would say I skipped breakfast but the truth is I had chili for breakfast and then made a peanut butter sandwich with a few Doritos for lunch late in the afternoon. Bailey had yogurt for breakfast and apparently it was satisfying because she kept turning down my offers for snacks and lunch. I was wanting a little something sweet after dinner so I mixed up a box of pudding and Bailey and I ate about half of it.

Prompt for Day 4:
How has eating on a limited budget impacted your mood? Your concentration? How has that impacted your interaction with family and coworkers?

With the exception of Monday when I was pretty darn hungry I don't think it's made a huge impact on my mood and concentration. I have been thinking about food more often during the day but I enjoy thinking about food. I guess I've felt pretty proud of myself for following through and it's been hard. The interesting thing is the hardest part for me has been not eating the food I bought prior to the challenge. I have a perfectly good box of cereal on the shelf, unopened, and an extra dozen eggs in the fridge.

As far as interaction with family, I felt a little bad at dinner on Monday. I know my brother was still hungry after dinner and I wished I could have provided more food for him. Also, everyone was going to have a milkshake after dinner but since Bailey and I weren't going to partake everyone else decided to save it for next week as well.

The total food consumed today:
1 yogurt cup
all but 1/2 cup leftover chili
2 slices bread
2 Tbsp peanut butter
7 hot dogs
5 hot dog buns
4 slices cheese
4 oz Doritos
1 oz cheese cubes
1/3 cup frozen peas
2 oz raspberries
1 box pudding mix
2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups rice

I didn't actually eat the rice yet but I made it this afternoon just in case I got hungry. I'm thinking of using it to make a little fried rice with some peas and egg for lunch tomorrow since Bailey will probably want the only hot dog we had left.

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