Day 2 – Oatmeal with milk for breakfast (I also snitched a piece of bread and both children had their own banana). I had leftover lentil stew for lunch. Jana and the boys had peanut butter sandwiches and two carrots for lunch. The kids had jam; another cheat for today. We ended up opening some banana chips prior to dinner because of a certain cranky boy (two if you include me). For dinner we had black beans with margarine and onion with brown rice and white flour tortillas. We polished off the meal by splitting an orange between the four of us.

Check out all those leafy greens! Oh, wait…

So I think most of this is mental, but I have been feeling a little more lethargic the past couple of days. I have even had some dizzy spells, but nothing serious. Today at work I looked in our kitchen and longed to have one of the several beverage options we have there: hot chocolate, soda, apple cider.

Perhaps the thing I have noticed the most is just how close we are to our regular diet, and yet my stomach seems to think it’s so far away. Some of the meals we’ve had in the past two days only differ from what we’d usually have by a few ingredients. Things like homemade syrup, baking powder, sugar, and access to more fruits and vegetables are what we are missing most. Oh, and cheese. How I miss cheese. Anyway, realizing that we are somewhat close to a healthy diet given our current budget constraints makes me feel that much more optimistic about the ability we collectively have in the world to get rid of extreme poverty.

–Dave