Monday, March 9, 2009
I’m so close to the end that I temporarily stopped planning and thinking about what I was doing. Not such a good idea.
Had bran muffins and a tangerine for Meal One, and spent the afternoon sitting in a chair working without moving much, and when I was done and stood up realized that a high-sugar, low-fat, meal was probably not going to work at this point in my life.
I think how I felt this afternoon is probably how some people imagine I’ve been feeling the whole time—weak and lightheaded and hungry. But I really hadn’t felt like that at all before this afternoon.
At first I figured it was temporary and I’d get through it but then decided eating sooner rather than later was probably in my best interest, so had the rest of the fabulous yakisoba, then some of the remaining black beans, then cooked an egg and ate that. Felt better after a little protein.
Then headed over to the Whole Foods and got enough steel-cut oats and sunflower seeds to carry me through to Wednesday, along with a very exciting purchase … yogurt!
So had a second round of meals—steel-cut oats with toasted sunflower seeds and yogurt—after getting back from the store. And I think I’m recovered.
A number of people have commented on the lack of dairy in my eating plan (and I use the term “eating plan” loosely—remember, I’ve only got a dollar to work with), and I generally do eat some dairy, but it’s relatively expensive and it’s not all that filling, so it wasn’t high on my priority list for these 30 days.
If I was less of a masochist and had structured the project so I could use things from my pantry and charge myself the unit cost, I would definitely have used nonfat dry milk. It doesn’t taste good to drink (or at least I personally don’t think it does, other people might like it) but it’s great for cooking, and I consider it an essential pantry item. It keeps indefinitely and it allows you to make all kinds of things—macaroni and cheese, pancakes, muffins, casseroles with a white sauce—without having to go to the store for milk. I buy a big box that lasts me for a year (or more) for around $8.
I looked in preparation for this project, but the cheapest box I could get was $3, and it’s not available in the Whole Foods bulk bins. (The Durham Food Co-op used to have it bulk, which was great. But no more Durham Food Co-op, so no go on that.)
So I haven’t had any dairy, but at this point, I have enough “meals” to get me through the next two days, so I can spend my dollar on extras. And today I went with yogurt.
For those of you with nonfat dry milk in your pantry, I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes. I’ve seen this called by a bunch of different names in a bunch of different places (including Martha Stewart Living magazine).
This version is from Economical Recipes for Small Families, and I eat this often as a snack or for dessert, especially in the summer when I’m biking a lot. It’s like my own personal version of an energy bar.
It’s even more (delicious) with chocolate chips, so if I have those around, I put some in.