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SNAP Challenge Day 2 – Lessons and Questions

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I felt as if I plodded through Day1. My friend Bebe’s words about the presentation of the food is just as important as the taste resonated with me as I prepared dinner. I made a point to serve dinner on cheerful looking dinnerware. Dinner was turkey chili (I used the kidney beans and black beans I purchased in the chili) with brown rice served with spinach and cucumber salad. I made a vinaigrette using balsamic vinegar, peanut oil and a few spices.

A few lessons I learned on Day 1:

  • Having a snack is important for me. I ate the soup at 1:30pm . I ate 1/2 an apple at 3 p.m. I had a 7:15 p.m. meeting at a restaurant. I didn’t eat anything, but as I felt  more hungry my
    preparing to make hummus

    preparing to make hummus

    concentration slipped and I secretly hoped the meeting would end sooner than scheduled so I could go home and eat. After dinner I made hummus and sliced and packaged carrots to take with me as a snack for the remainder of the week. The hummus recipe from budget bytes was a great help.

  • I should not wait too long to eat. I was cranky and scattered when I got hungry. Not good for anyone.
  • I didn’t drink as much water as I would have liked, especially while at work. I have a Britta water pitcher at my desk. No excuse.
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homemade hummus

 

I want to share and respond to questions that were posed to me on Day 1:

  • Q: What kind of fruit did you purchase?
  • A: Two apples, two bananas, one orange, and one grapefruit2014-10-06 07.17.47

 

 

 

  • Q: Did you really spend $33
  • A: My groceries cost $33.32 before deductions. Here’s the receipt:Grocery receipt

 

 

 

 

  • Q: Did you decline attending any events this week?
  • A: Yes, I declined attending a couple of wine dinners. There will be other events.

 

  • Q: Why are you participating?
  • A: I’m participating because not too long ago this scenario was me. Unfortunately, I wasn’t eligible for assistance and I subsisted on a meal allowance of $5 to $10 a week.

My goals for today:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Bring  carrots and hummus to snack on.
  • Watch portion sizes to ensure my food is available all week.

 

Day 2 is going to be a busy day.  Are you ready follow today’s adventure?  What questions do you have for me?

 

Be well,

Technicolor girl

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Tina Patterson

About Tina Patterson

Follow the adventures of a single female diner as she navigates her way through all things dining related – cooking classes, beverage tasting classes and events, exploring restaurant menus, and more! Trip Advisor Top Contributor. Open Table Top 250 Contributor.

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