Sunday, September 11, 2011

Fresh salads are possible Day 4 of 7

Today is 9/11 and there has been a big push for people to do something good today, whether it be volunteer work or being extra nice. I try to live my life graciously and generously ever day, some days I'm don't do as good of a job but on days like this you really realize how lucky you have it as others have lost so much. What would all of those souls lost on 9/11 want for this world more than anything? I think they'd want people to be kinder to one another, to be empathetic and giving. So that's how I am remembering, by doing the Hunger Challenge, and my volunteer work.
I did some more volunteer work with the Red Cross this morning with a meeting for a couple of hours. It's not in the Hunger Challenge rules that you can't accept food at your volunteer work, so I decided to enjoy the food offered at my volunteer meeting. I didn't pig out or anything! I ate half of a scone and some melon, boy it tasted good! I also had some lavender black tea, also delish! I didn't count on food being there, and I ate a banana during my walk to the meeting on a bright, beautiful San Francisco day. I had a headache from caffeine withdrawl and likely sugar withdrawl and who knows, maybe I'm starving and don't know it. I AM losing weight. It's probably just not eating all that sugar.

During my run yesterday and again during my walk today, I noticed a man digging through the trash to get recyclables to cash in for money. These men both looked to be in their 40s, not homeless, and thin. I thought about them both, my first thought was to give them money, maybe $2-$3, even though they weren't asking, so that they could eat today. But I hesitated because I didn't want to embarrass them, or offend them. They likely have families at home, and rummage through the trash for cans and bottles for a little extra money. And like any father or husband, doing whatever it takes to feed your family. I empathized with them, and later wished that I had told them about the Food Bank.

During my walk home, I walked by a tea cafe where you can have an English tea, high tea, etc. I thought that I need to do this sometime soon with my girlfriends! I love those little sandwiches and pastries. Lunch was PB&J which I cut into small tea like sandwiches. I've been eating my food sloooowly, which helps me get full and appreciate each bite, even if it is a basic PB&J.

I had to run more errands at the mall, I swear I only go to the mall 2-3 times per year because I'm not a fan, and Trader Joes was next door so I could pick up more 19cent bananas and a few other things. At Ann Taylor Loft, my first stop (where I did buy some things for work) they offered me Izze Grapefruit soda, yuuuuummy! I took a 2nd one for the road.

I was starving by the time I got home, and bought ingredients to make this tastey taco salad: spinach, tomatoes, black beans, and salsa.

So far today, I've spent $2.64, but I have a special snack in mind for later if I'm hungry!

1 comment:

  1. reading your blog has been so eye opening for me, you really made me think about the broader challenges folks face beyond the small budget, but also the lack of means to really make the most of it. thanks, sister!