Day 12 is a challenging day because it is the last day of a club for which I am the advisor. I haven’t had a celebration yet since I started this goofy adventure, and I am more than nervous. We decided to go pot luck to save our fundraiser funds we gathered for the first year to start our second year of more strongly. I was fine with bringing paper plates, forks, and even popcorn (I got these cute little popcorn bags from Amazon for a steal). However, I was also supposed to bring the drinks.
Ugh! How can I be on a detox, ridding my body of the overabundance of added sugar in my diet and still bring my little munchkins (ok, so they are middle-schoolers) diabetes in a can? This is how. Schools are significantly underfunded, teachers are even more so. With a seriously tight budget, I felt I had no choice but to buy two 12-packs of soda. I had acid-gut because I wanted to bring something better for them, so I tried to rationalize it by telling myself, “Hey, it’s a party! Today can be their cheat day.” Except that I know for many of them every day is a cheat day. Let’s face it, it’s not cheap to eat healthy.
What did my day look like in preparation for this day? Since I enjoyed that peanut butter, banana toast so much the day before, I decided to start my day that way. This was a simple and light breakfast since I wasn’t sure what the rest of the day would bring. Of course, I paired it with my usual warm tea water to make sure my metabolism was off to a good start.
Lunch was — Yay! — leftovers of my delicious tortilla soup. For that recipe, go back a couple days. If you try it or change it up, let me know in the comments. If that looks like a tiny, tiny bowl, it is. I was fighting husband for the last of the soup and he left me that itty bitty sample. I supplemented with a serving of cherries. I also wanted to try the cucumber/grapefruit water. NOT A FAN! Ok, mostly because I left it out all afternoon and by that time the water had really picked up the flavor of the rind. I think I’ll keep grapefruit for my smoothies.
It’s time for our last meeting and our little party. I popped popcorn in the staff room. Thankfully there are a couple of microwaves and none of them were in use at the end of the day. Yes, I brought microwave popcorn. I know, I’m a fraud! I thought about bringing in my countertop popcorn maker, but since I no longer work there, and I’m now only a volunteer, I had not place to store my things and didn’t want to make a thousand trips to the car. I am ashamed. But even bagged popcorn is better than the drinks I chose. Yep, two boxes of soda. No waters, no juices, no teas.
Look, this is just a symptom of a much bigger issue in our country’s food supply. You can buy a box of Top Ramen for less than $2. One package has two serving sizes. That serving comes complete with 190 calories, 7 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber. It also comes with 800 milligrams of sodium. This $2 box has six packages, so in total, 12 servings.
Compare that to the latest healthy alternative: Quinoa. A bag of Quinoa at Walmart costs $6.94 for 15 servings. One of those servings contains 170 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein and only 5 — count them — 5 milligrams of sodium.
Don’t get me started on the fruits and vegetables. I guess “they” are going to get their money one way or another. If we are getting healthy, then the money comes out at the grocery store. If we can’t afford to pay at the grocery store, then we pay with our doctors and prescriptions when we get sick from eating the wrong foods or carrying too much weight around. I know what it’s like to feel like you just can’t win. I get that. I made the choice to pay more for better foods so that I can at least have the energy and hopefully put off diabetes long enough to enjoy some more of this life in the meantime.
Sorry about that tangent. Those happen now and then. You’re probably wondering how I did at the party? Did I have a soda? NO! I wanted one, badly, but I stayed strong. But look at all the other party foods that ended up on the table!
Parents, you can help! Since I was the advisor and host I had to foot the bill for the soda, popcorn, and paper products, but if your child is bringing one thing, try for something healthier. My son is a big fan of veggie sticks and my whole family loves those Harvest Snaps dehydrated Snap Peas. Also, many of my middle schoolers love sea weed. No joke! They think it’s super cool. Also, if you are looking for a treat to give your teachers, there is junk all over the faculty rooms on any given day. We do not need more of that. If you want to give your teachers something special for a holiday or for a thank you, consider a vegetable tray or go old school and send an apple with your student. Teachers love that! We really do.
I am proud to say that I only had one small bag of this popcorn, but the kids didn’t eat it all. In an attempt to bring the uncovered bowl of popcorn home to hubby, I did that reflex hand-to-mouth thing and kept reaching in for a couple of handfuls.
Since I had this evening meeting, hubby was on deck to make dinner. He was nervous about how to season the meat since our packet of fajita seasoning contains sugar. He ended up using the package as a guide and used cumin, lemon and the other spices listed in the ingredients list. Hubby isn’t the cook of the house, but he really knocked it out of the park this time.
Tea and sleep, but for some reason we went to bed stupid late. I have a bad feeling about today’s bad habits.
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