Change

We are in a period of change. A lot is happening in our house right now. It’s really not the right time for a fast, I have to say. This is a time of convenience. A time where things have to go fast at times. A time where planning is hard.

Yet I believe there is a reason for why these times overlap. It seems that stressful times test us. Who can make a meal from scratch when they have all the time in the world? Probably most of us. It’s a special treat for me to spend some quiet time in the kitchen preparing a wholesome meal for my family. It’s a joy.

Who can make a meal from scratch when they have about 25 minutes left and the kitchen needs to be cleaned and ready for show-time an hour later? There might be still many of us who can do it, but the enjoyment shrinks noticeably. These are the times where we want to believe in advertisements that tell us that this quick meal takes the stress out of our hectic lifestyle. We wish to disregard our commitment and give into the “quick fix”.

Yet these are the times where it is most important to take the time. To eat well, for once. And to make room for some quiet family time.

There is a reason why we are fasting right now. There is a very good reason why we are forced to slow down in a time where we are tempted to go, go, go. I hope I will remember this in the stressful times to come.

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So here we are. Almost done. Only two more weeks to go. And it’s starting to get hard. That’s not what we expected. Many of our predictions didn’t really happen:

  1. The beginning will be really hard! – not so much… it was actually much easier than we expected. We didn’t have to change too many of our eating habits and we actually discovered some really yummy alternatives.
  2. We will feel totally different! – not so much… although I have to say that the results from the first weeks are completely skewed because we were so sleep deprived. Ken insists that without the fast we would have felt even worse…
  3. Something wonderful and unexpected will happen because of the fast! – many wonderful things happen every day and continue to do so. Hard to tell if they are at all related to the fast.
  4. We will crave certain food items! – at the beginning: No. – Now: Yes! We are starting to crave food that has a more intense flavor. More salt, more sweet, more something. Hard to tell what exactly it is but things start to taste a little bit the same. My favorite things to have: A piece of dark chocolate and barbecue sauce (not together, though). Ken’s cravings: chocolate, potato chips, string cheese.
  5. We will have to cut the children some slack. – Not really. At the beginning I let Marlena eat “processed” crackers, for example, when we would get together with other kids and they would share.  I realized after a short while; however, that she truly didn’t care if I said, “No, let’s eat what I brought.” So I stopped making exceptions. It didn’t seem to bother her one bit.
  6. We will miss the “convenient” helpers in the kitchen! – Yes. There is one product I miss terribly…. Drum roll…. It’s PAM cooking spray. That’s sounds almost embarrassing but I hate buttering every baking dish. PAM will definitely come back into this kitchen!
  7. We will save some money. – I wish. We cut out a lot of food and that definitely saved some money. But we also added certain foods – and they were rather on the expensive side. For example, instead of other treats, we treated ourselves to special indulgencies, e.g. pure organic pear juice and organic cocoa powder… things that are rather expensive.
  8. This fast will lead to some long term changes. – Definitely. Hard to tell what exactly will happen and to what degree but our habits have changed so much that it is hard to imagine we would go back all the way. I doubt soda will ever find its way back into our kitchen, sugar and white flour will be sparse   (besides that dark chocolate…), we will continue to make our own stock, etc.

We are in the final sprint. I’m very curious what those last days are about to bring…

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