First day was kind of tough but I was so busy at work and we had an evening event so there wasn't a lot of time to eat. I had tuna and an apple for lunch. I left the house at 8am without breakfast but I won't do that again! I did drink gallons of water. Several months ago, we had accepted an invitation to a dinner event so went, but couldn't eat. At home, before the dinner, I made an egg with shredded cheese on a tortilla, ate it quickly, and made one for Jim which I wrapped in aluminum foil to keep it hot(ish). I drove it and me down to the fancy Mayflower hotel and handed the tin foil to Jim. He ate the tortilla in 5 bites and about 30 seconds. Meal over. (I wish we had bought the larger size tortillas instead of the small ones, but the small ones were cheaper. Still, it was a bad call. And there are only 10 small tortillas -- and 2 of us for 7 days, so we need to ration them.)
We left our "dinner" around 8pm because Jim had to go back to the Rules Committee so I went home. I cooked half our chicken and about 9 cups of whole grain (very sticky) rice. Jim is going to an event for Hillary Clinton tomorrow night and won't return home after he leaves around 8am so I wanted to send him to work in the morning with food. This is so strange because HE usually does the cooking and packing of lunches for the kids. He's much more creative but I'm just making us the bare basics here.
As I began cooking, separating and freezing food for the week, I began to worry that we won't have enough food to get us through Tuesday. It seems there are two ways to think of this: if we want to eat healthy food, this is like a very strict diet or a semi-fast. There is strict rationing of protein and fruits and vegetables. If we want a more satisfying portion size, the only way to do it is lots of rice, pasta or beans (but we only have 2 cans of those). And that goes against what I think of as healthy on a plate (which would be 1/4 protein, 1/4 carbs and 1/2 fruits and vegetables). But it's a long time until Tuesday and we have a limited amount of the "good" stuff so we're doling it out carefully.
I'm also worried about Jim. This is a challenge for me but he's bigger than I am and used to more food. Not that I'd ever say he is a big eater. But these portions are tiny. And I know there are people out there who are cynical about politicians and think the worst. But I've been married to him for nearly 18 years and I know what a demanding schedule -- physically and mentally -- he keeps. Between his job and our two small children, life is full. Food fuels people's bodies and minds. I'm sure this must be a very, very difficult part of living within this budget for folks -- worrying that the people you love, especially when children are involved, have enough fuel to sustain their energy output. It can't help but effect how they feel, think and behave. I know it's only for a week and he'll be fine but my point is how difficult it is to say "sorry that's it" to someone you love, especially if it's a still-hungry child.