Ration Challenge … Day 2!

Day 2 of the Ration Challenge is complete! I wasn’t particularly looking forward to today as I found yesterday quite challenging, mainly due to the hunger and I ended up not feeling great by the end of the day. This resulted in me having an early night and hoping I would feel better this morning.

Fortunately, I woke up feeling fine, I think I had a boost of positivity from the messages of support and amazingly I was incredibly surprised to see that I had raised more than £250, meaning that I had earned 170g of a vegetable of my choice! I could not believe it! So, I decided to swap my spice of choice to cinnamon in the hope of making congee a bit more bearable seen as I now had 170g of onion to add to my recipes throughout the week.

I decided to blitz the congee this morning and added a splash of my milk ration and a touch of cinnamon and it turned out resembling baby rice – not the best as those of us who have had children know that unless we add some flavour to it most babies will turn their nose up at it or spit it out!! However, it was a definite improvement from yesterday’s breakfast of watery rice!

My final portion of lentil soup was for lunch (as I haven’t enough lentils left to make anymore after working out my meal plan for the week). As much as it was fine, I have to say that I didn’t find it very filling.

Then more slaving away in the kitchen making lentil and bean burgers (aka mushed lentils and kidney beans), with the added joy of some chopped onion! I cannot tell you how great the onion smelt as I was frying it! I was so grateful to be able to eat some onion, I cannot tell you…which I am guessing is how the refugees feel. We take so much for granted, we have food available all the time and such a wide variety. We are lucky that we do not have to spend hours in the kitchen to end up with a small portion of hummus or lentil soup as it is readily available from the shops.

This afternoon we went to an indoor play venue where of course all the other grown ups were tucking into fancy coffees and slices of cake the size of their faces, meanwhile I am sat there with my tap water! I have to admit that I struggle drinking water as I have always been a big tea drinker but recently as part of my efforts to eat healthier and try and lose weight, I have been drinking flavoured water which I can hack but this week only being able to have a very weak cup of tea once a day and tap water is challenging.

I would say aside from the hunger (which as you know can make me slightly grumpy – oops) the biggest challenge is the temptation – temptation to reach for something in the fridge or cupboards that you know you cannot have or temptation to eat the girls’ leftovers but I adamant that I will not give in! This will be a huge accomplishment for me, and I am so proud to have raised so much money for Concern Worldwide.

I am trying to focus on getting through the week and I am now nearly 1/3rd of the way through! I cannot believe that I have nearly raised £300, for that I am eternally grateful to each and everyone who has sponsored me. I want to give you all a hug because without you I would not be able to have my morning cup of tea or be able to add some flavour to my meals with the money raised for me to be rewarded with an onion. It certainly is the most expensive onion in the world at £250 but it is worth every penny!!!

My morning cup of tea and congee (aka baby rice with cinnamon)
Lentil soup
Flatbreads with bean and lentil ‘burgers’

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