Living Below the Line: Hungry

Time for another thank you to my sponsors!  To my astonishment, I’m currently coming in at 24th out of 10,398 people on the fundraising leaderboard.  Which is rather astonishing.  (I wasn’t actually trying to be competitive about this, but I had to take a look, and wow!)  So thank you to everyone who has donated so far.  You people are wonderful.

I’m on the second last day of this challenge now, so the end is in sight.  But I’m still hungry.

(I feel like the Very Hungry Caterpillar.  And I can’t wait for the page where I get to eat one piece of chocolate cake, one ice cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake and one slice of watermelon.  Which actually sounds a lot like one of my Eurovision parties, but I digress.)

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(I should totally have a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme party.  But now I really digress.  And I really, really shouldn’t have written all those lovely food words, because now I’m even hungrier!)

The hunger is actually worst straight after meals.  I think this is because one starts eating, but then has to stop before one wants to, so one’s body gets into the whole eating mode and then there is nothing more to eat…

Feeling hungry isn’t the thing that’s bothering me most, though.  Although I’ve only been doing this for a few days, I’m finding that I’m definitely feeling sub-par, both in terms of energy and in terms of brain power.  I’m somewhat lethargic, and it seems to take an almost physical effort to drag my thoughts together into a coherent whole, especially when it’s been a few hours since a meal.  (Though it is a *fine* excuse to curl up on the couch with a trashy novel instead of doing anything productive)

I’m also noticing that I have a headache that won’t go.  I can’t prove that this is anything to do with hunger – I think everyone is prone to one particular kind of ache or pain when one is a bit under the weather, and for me, it’s always been headaches – but when I read the blogs of other people doing the challenge, a lot of other people are complaining about headaches, too, so I do wonder if it’s a bit of a hunger thing.

(Interestingly, I haven’t had any issues with faintness – something I have been prone to in the past – which I take to be a sign that I am actually managing to balance my diet reasonably well.)

None of this is constant, but it’s definitely more than the usual feelings of being tired and under the weather.  I’m rather glad I’m not at work this week, because sleeping is definitely one of the more fun activities available to me right now.  A little hibernation never hurt anyone…

I’m not sure whether this is something one would adjust to, or whether one would just keep on feeling subtly rotten all the time.  I do think that job-hunting – or really, just trying to lead one’s normal life – through this would be an absolute pig.  Especially with the whole brain-made-of-cornflakes thing I’ve got going at present.

(also, I really, really, REALLY want to bake right now.  Boring food is boring…)

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4 Responses to Living Below the Line: Hungry

  1. If any of our delayed income comes in I will totally sponsor you.

    In the meantime, I thought you might find these articles of interest — or might after you’re able to eat a healthy and varied diet again, anyway. A staffer at one of Minneapolis’s co-ops decided to seen if she could feed herself and her husband and adult son on a month’s worth of SNAP money, buying only from the co-op and factoring in the cost of her membership. It’s less draconian than your challenge because it does permit buying in bulk. I don’t know offhand what the equivalent in Australian dollars would be; she used $367 a month for a family of three.

    Or possibly you will feel completely done with this kind of thing, at least for a while, in which case feel free to ignore the link.

    My main recollection is that while she did manage to make tasty food completely from the co-op, it was an absolutely staggering amount of work. She was quite cheerful about it, but I wouldn’t have been.

    http://www.wedge.coop/food-resources/my-what-if-food-challenge

    P.

    • Hi Pamela,

      Thank you so much for your support! I think sponsorship is open for a few weeks after the challenge, but please do not feel you have to support me unless you want to!

      That’s a fascinating series of blogs, so thank you for linking to it. I don’t think we have any co-ops around here, which is a pity – I love the idea. I think $367 per month works out at about $4 USD per person per day, which sounds like absolute luxury right now. But yes, I hear you on the staggering amount of work. If I had more people in the household, it would have been financially efficient to make my own bread instead of buying, for example. And yes, I’m right there with your friend on the soaking of beans and the stock making and the rest. The amount of *time* I’ve spent on cooking for this challenge has been fairly insane…

      • I’m glad you enjoyed the articles!

        I do want to sponsor you, and if sponsorship is still open when our cash-flow problem is fixed, I will do so. I think you are doing a really valuable thing here, and your blog posts are clear and enlightening.

        Pamela

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