SNAP Challenge: Day 4

Analysis and a visit.



Again, I started the day with oatmeal with brown sugar.  I like oatmeal a lot, but I am having a harder and harder time putting the spoon in my mouth.  Eating like this does lack a bit of variety.  I know that eating a variety of foods gives you a better chance of getting the nutrients you need.  I was feeling very hungry and tired yesterday so I did a little analysis of what kind of nutrition I was getting.

First of all, I want to say that it is not as easy as one might think to figure out what you are and are not getting in your food.  The labels only go so far and I found the internet only marginally helpful.  I compared what I could find out to the 2010 Nutritional Recommendations from the federal government.  What I found was a bit of a surprise to me.

I tried to pick foods that I thought were protein rich and very healthy.  Despite that, I found that I got just over half as much protein as I should have over a two day period.  I got almost as much carbohydrates as I should have, and half as much fat.  It was much harder to analyze the vitamins and minerals, but it looks like there are two that are either too low to count or lacking altogether: B12 and vitamin C.  The real culprit, though seems to be just plainly and simply the amount of food.  For a 2,000 calorie diet, I was getting less than half of the calories I needed.  I simply need to eat more food, preferably in the form of protein. 

I find that particularly interesting because I am definitely full when I finish a meal.  Therefore, I will need to eat more often.  So today, I will add another mini-meal. I will have lentil soup for lunch, carrots and peanut butter for an afternoon snack and rice, refried beans and salsa in two soft tacos for dinner.  We’ll see how that goes.

A Visit

I had the pleasure of an unexpected visit from my mother this evening.  In the spirit of the challenge, she will be eating with me.  We will both dine on the refried beans, rice and salsa in soft taco shells tonight.


Martha September 15, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Kudos to your mom for joining you in dinner! (But does that mean there won't be enough for you for the whole week? I hope not!) I know cold cereal is more expensive than oatmeal, but if you could buy cereal next week, then maybe you could alternate with the oatmeal and have a little more variety. Your articles are a real eye-opener -- thanks for keeping us posted.
Sarah Page Kyrcz September 15, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Deb ~ The first word in SNAP is supplemental. Does that mean that people who benefit from this have other sources from which to buy food? Supplemental usually means part of?
Deb Heinrich September 15, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Indeed, the "S" stands for "supplemental" and most people who qualify use it as such. However, it is my understanding that a significant portion of CT's population (and it appears to be growing) live solely on the benefit alone for significant periods of time. I appreciate your questions, Sarah. They really help us all to understand what is going on with some of the most vulnerable people in our state.
Deb Heinrich September 15, 2011 at 11:34 PM
I think I'll be able to make it through Saturday, OK, Martha. Thanks for your concern! It is interesting, though, to realize that life throws us all curve balls and a visit is just one kind. I've actually gotten a lot of feedback on this. I'll expound a little more on it in tomorrow's journal entry. Cheers.
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