Gratitude:12 Days into the Challenge

One of the really nice things I’ve encountered is the generosity of others…I’ve received free eggs from a student, lots of tomatoes from friends, fish from my boyfriend’s father, a big ole pile of swiss chard, and cheese and beans from Sara Zoe! These gifts in my non-challenge time still would have been appreciated, but now, I’m eating so specifically, that these local food gifts don’t linger in my fridge. They are made into meals and eaten with gratitude.

I decided to eat the lunch I’m given gratis at work as another exception to the 150-mile radius. For those of you who know where I work, you know the food is delicious, and from an independent business, though not sourced locally. But that’s a few meals a week I don’t have to prepare, so I’ll take it!

I think I’ve found my rhythm as far as preparing meals go, so it’s getting a bit easier. I did eat out once last week during a visit out of town, and I ate some chocolate last night (shade grown, fair trade, 10% of profits to the rainforest, blah blah blah. It still had been to more exotic places than most Americans who eat the stuff).

Other than that, it’s been all local, each meal. Lots of eggs, lots of dairy. Veggies, some de-thawed berries. Found a melon the other day, and it felt like a treat. I’m feeling that we take out abundant food for granted. When we tighten our parameters and cook each meal, we realize how spoiled we are in our society. I’m appreciating all the efforts involved, from seed to food.

Thanks to everyone who is nourishing me!

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