Day 3 Menu
- 1 bowl of Congee (made with 2 cups of chicken stock, no meat, garnished with a clove of garlic and ginger matchsticks)
- 2 Peanut butter sandwiches
- 2 slices of toast with peanut butter
- Egg fried rice
Today I’m halfway through the 5 day Live Below The Line challenge. I feel good in the morning and at night, but at work, I haven’t allocated enough to eat. This afternoon in the office, I felt lightheaded and dizzy and started seeing stars. Generally, I feel foggy from a couple hours after a meal until the next meal and god help me if I have to do any work that requires a lot of concentration. I wouldn’t trust myself to operate heavy machinery or drive. Luckily, I don’t have to do either.
Breakfast was yummy and the 1/4 cup of rice that sounded like so much yesterday was gone too quick. I ate one sandwich at morning tea and the other at lunch and I was still very hungry so it was a long, long day. After work, I ate an extra 2 pieces of toast that I hadn’t planned for, but I have enough bread left so it’s fine. I even ate one of the crust ends. I don’t know what the fuss is about eating bread ends. It doesn’t taste gross or anything. Especially when it’s covered in peanut butter. Bread ends need some serious PR.
Dinner was a huge portion of egg fried rice. I often make egg fried rice as a quick snack or meal, usually with peas instead of the broccoli I used today. To be honest, I only ate half of this and I plan to eat the rest later tonight. If not, I’ll just pop it in a box and have the rest as a snack tomorrow during work.
This is the longest I can remember going without sugar, dairy and caffeine. I suspect my stomach has shrunk after just 3 days and while I eat small portions, my body wants to eat more regularly. I didn’t need a nap after work today, but I’ll probably go to bed early again. I don’t have the same manic energy I usually have. I feel like I’m trying to run under water.
Yesterday I caught The Koala eating my bread and my peanut butter. Usually I wouldn’t care but this week is kind of a big deal. Anyway, I forgave the peanut butter and took slices of his bread back.
I am tired of water. I know a billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water. Yes I know. Yet the spoilt brat in me just wants a coke or a coffee or even a cup of earl grey tea. I use my thinning sense of humour to get me through the day, gasping aloud with each mug: “Mmmm! Yum! Another steaming mug of hot water!”. Everything makes me laugh right now. I cackle, I hoot, I find it too funny. I laugh until I cry.
My sister reminded me to look after myself. I did the 40 hour famine in high school and stupidly went to netball trials without anything to eat and fainted. It was pretty scary. Before and after blacking out I distinctly remember not being able to read or form words. Even today, I was worried that I might black out on my walk home. I didn’t. Anyway, I’ve got allocate myself more food for the day. 4 slices of bread and a tablespoon of peanut butter was not enough.
If you want to read a really tragic account of a foodie doing the challenge, check out Gather & Hunt’s Courteney Peters’ account of Day 2 here. It’s mind-blowingly, once in a lifetime (for a foodie) tragic.
Simple Egg Fried Rice
1 tablespoon oil
2 cloves garlic
3 pieces of broccoli or 1/4 cup peas
2 cups cooked rice
1 teaspoon soy sauce
Optional: 2 tablespoon of chopped herbs (coriander, spring onion, parsley etc)
- Crack an egg into a small bowl and whisk with a pinch of salt.
- Heat half the oil in a frying pan and cook egg stirring occasionally. Break egg up into smaller pieces while cooking. When cooked, remove from heat and set aside.
- Chop onion and garlic into small pieces. Cut each piece of broccoli into a further 4 pieces. If you are using herbs chop roughly.
- Heat the rest of the oil in the frying pan and add onion and garlic. Cook until they start to turn golden, then add broccoli and a few tablespoons of water. Add cooked rice and soy sauce and stir often until rice is cooked through.
- Just before plating, stir in the cooked egg and chopped herbs. Salt to taste.