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#SNAPChallenge Remaining Food

After my #SNAPChallenge, I had a decent amount of food left over, including

  • One can of garbanzo beans
  • One bag of rice noodles
  • 1.33 bags of brown rice
  • 4 English Muffins
  • 1/2 jar of peanut butter

Take a look at all the food below.  I think it would be easier to do this over a multiple week period vs just a single week.

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#SNAPChallenge Day 5

I’m more than half way through with my #SNAPChallenge.  Today was by far the easiest day of all.  I wasn’t at all filled with hunger pangs, but I was with guilt.  I felt bad because I ate off program a bit last night when I had friends over.  I know I just need to get over it.

Today I got a bit of a late start – I slept in until around 10:30 but didn’t eat breakfast until closer to noon.  I stayed on my regular routine and had an toasted English muffin with peanut butter (SURPRISE!) then for a mid afternoon snack I had 4 clementines.  Early this evening I made an absolutely fantastic tomato soup with chickpeas. I had two carrots as a late evening snack too.  I am not at all hungry, even though I ate very little today.

I am into the home stretch on this SNAP Challenge – only a couple more days then back to reality.  Not soon enough either, as I have to fly to Nashville for work on Tuesday night.  What will my first non-Challenge meal be for me?  If you were eating what I’ve been eating for a week, what would your first traditional meal be?

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#SNAPChallenge Day 3

I woke up the third day of my #SNAPChallenge absolutely starving.  I haven’t felt this hungry in a long time.  I continued my weekly plan of having a single toasted English muffin with peanut butter for breakfast.

I was pretty hungry until I got to work, but luckily work was very busy/hectic and full of meetings so I wasn’t really focusing on the hunger.  I was so busy I didn’t even have time to eat a single clementine snack in the morning.

For lunch I had some left over Thai Peanut Noodles, two raw carrots and a clementine (I ate a total of 4 clementines today).  Almost every single work day of my professional career I have had lunch out – and today I confirmed that I hate bringing my lunch. No matter how good the food was (and it was pretty tasty), I just hate the idea of schlepping food into the office – I like to make a lunch decision on the fly. You can’t do that with a brown bag lunch.

I’ve been talking more about my SNAP Challenge at the office.  So many people say “Oh, that’s easy, just schedule lunch or dinner meetings” – after I explained the real purpose of this Challenge, they were much more interested in the program. People were quite excited to offer suggestions and talk through the good, the bad and the unhealthy options available on this plan.  I really think I managed to get several people at the office today to think about their choices and how lucky they are to actually have a choice – and how so many people don’t.

Tonight for dinner, I made a home made Chicken Chili – again a recipe that I would make on my own off the Challenge.  As I write this, I want something else to eat. Again, I’m not hungry, I just feel empty.  I would like a little sweet treat – a piece of chocolate, some ice cream something along those lines.  Perhaps next month when I do this Challenge I will plan for a treat each night.  Suggestions?

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Travel Inspiration Photo #8

What inspires you to travel?  A photo from a friend or a news article often inspires me to research a new destination — or to plan a trip.

Does this photo make you want to pack a bag and take a trip? How do you get inspired?

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Travel Inspiration Photo #8: Sana’a

This weeks travel inspiration photo comes from Sana’a, Yemen.  Sana’a is the capital of this country at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula.  Most people probably know both Sana’a and Yemen as a hotbed for terrorist and Muslim extremist activity.  These facts shouldn’t stop you from researching or getting excited about a visit — you may just need to do a bit more planning before you head off.  Have you been to Sana’a?

Does this photo make you want to pack a bag and take a trip? How do you get inspired?

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