I finally had to call this little experiment of mine. It’s not that I was out of food – on the contrary, I would have been good to go for another week or more. I just couldn’t stand any more. I hadn’t had a real fruit or vegetable in two weeks. Sure, there had been tomato sauce on my tortellini, which fulfilled the nutritional requirement. But it’s just not the same as eating a real tomato. I needed a salad. Bad.
So, today I was walking through the breakroom with my lunch bag full of chili and rice, and someone was peeling an orange. I didn’t see it, but I could smell it. I almost started drooling.
I haven’t had an orange in over a month. Usually, I eat a couple a day. The smell? It was killing me.And I got to thinking, what if shit hits the fan on Thursday? What if I never get the chance to eat another orange because I was too busy doing some dumbass experiment right before it all fell apart?
Wouldn’t it suck if I spent the last of the time when I had access to more than beans and rice, EATING BEANS AND RICE?
So, on the way home from work, I went grocery shopping.
Folks, it was a great project. I’m glad I did it for a month. I learned *so* much about myself, and what I need to store to get by. I learned that I could eat chili every single day and not get tired of it. I learned that I can eat a can of kidney beans, right out of the tin, and love every bite. I also learned not to take an orange for granted.
Honestly? I would encourage anyone to try this at home. And then take what they learned and apply it, in their preps and otherwise. And then? Live a little. Not a lot. Don’t go blowing your savings on jetskis and champagne, just appreciate what you’ve got. The world as we know it may not last. Enjoy it. Because when it’s all over, there will be plenty of time to eat beans and rice.
Exhausting My Food Supply Episode Four: Screw All That And Then SomePosted: February 21, 2012 by Barbie in Uncategorized