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The hardest part of this challenge hasn’t been hunger or malnutrition, it’s been eating the same foods that lack variety. I am not one of those people who likes to eat the same thing day after day. I crave variety. I am completely bored with my food choices. I would love to eat sushi, Mexican, Russian, Thai and every food that I can’t eat right now. Getting creative with these foods has been challenging, but in a good way. It’s forced me to come up with more recipes, put more effort into planning and to think critically about the food that is available to me, which is great.

Today for lunch I had boiled eggs with salsa and potatoes. I felt like it was an extremely random lunch. I fried the potatoes like potato chips, but by lunch time they were soggy. I love potato products so much that I didn’t even care.

I think this challenge has also forced me to enjoy simple foods more. I have always enjoyed simple, good food, but I get caught up in creating dishes that can be complicated. I love to take a traditional food and make it healthier, like chocolate chip cookies, tacos, and pad Thai. It’s fun for me and I really enjoy it. That hasn’t been an option during this challenge. Because of that I’ve also spent a lot less time cooking and prepping food, so it’s been a trade off.

I’m thankful that tomorrow is the last day so that I can eat whatever I want. I realize that eating what you want is a luxury, and not many people are fortunate enough to experience that. I’m thankful that I can afford grass-fed and organic meats and seafood, along with raw milk and organic produce.

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