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For the next three or four days or so, I am meant to be living on the contents of a typical food bank hamper, as part of a diocesan campaign. And I am meant to be keeping a journal of this experience, and this seemed like a convenient place to do so.

And the first thing that I'm aware of, only a few hours in, is that I tend to depend on healthy snacking during the day to keep my energy up, and that's not going to be possible. Right now, under normal circumstances, I would go into the kitchen and eat a handful of nuts, and then go back and work on my sermon. But I can't do that. I do have three granola bars in my hamper, and I could break one of them in half and eat half of it now and save the rest, but on the other hand, I don't know if I'm going to really need something like a granola bar later, so I should probably save them. It's a small thing, but a very obtrusive missing piece from my normal habits.

Of course, it isn't meant to be an especially fun or healthy experience, so I'm not saying this in a spirit of complaint, but of observation. But I think that may be the most difficult part of the experience for me.

I am debating whether or not to take my usual vitamins. It's not like people who rely on food banks have any kind of access to vitamins, so properly speaking I oughtn't. It may affect my mood pretty quickly, though.

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Date: 2010-10-04 05:18 pm (UTC)
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It seems to me that you have to balance your long-term health against this social witness. If vitamins are going to help you keep from suffering a significant mood drop during this week, go for them, because it doesn't do anybody any good if you wind up with a mood drop that takes weeks or months to crawl out of.

(If this isn't a likelihood for you, ignore this comment.)

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Date: 2010-10-04 06:26 pm (UTC)
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But the recipients of the food baskets would presumably have access to medical care, right? So I would rationalize the vitamins as medical treatment for depression.

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