Banking some Food for Thought

About a month ago, I participated in the Welfare Food Challenge. During that week, I shared my experiences of mood swings, fatigue and altered decision making pathways from being hungry with you on this platform. From that unforgettable experience, I had urged the continuation of story sharing in hopes of keeping the conversation of hunger and…

Day 7: Tip of the Iceberg

Today, I had the privilege to be a part of the Town Hall meeting at Vancouver City Hall. We had a great turn out from the public, and an amazing panel of activists from the community and at the stakeholder level. Councillor Andrea Reimer, the President of the BC Federation of Labour Irene Lanzinger, and MLA…

Day 6: Food Cry-me

In less than 24 hours, the challenge will be over for me. But for 185,000 British Columbians (over 35,000 being children), it will go on indefinitely. After last evening’s lack of physical and mental strength, I checked the inventory of what was left of my food and went on a bit of a splurge. Yesterday was…

Day 5: Beyond the Hunger: Exhaustion.

My day started off pretty good, sleep seems to be pretty good at curbing my hunger for most days. I had a bit of trouble falling asleep last night (my belly was growling at me for not feeding it). But when I woke up, it didn’t seem so bad anymore. Too tired last night to…

Day 4: Forksclusion

What I love most about food is how it brings people together. Birthdays, graduations, weddings, high school reunions, retirements, and farewell send-offs: no matter the occasion, tears of joy or sorrow, food is there. It’s not exactly what is on the table that makes it so special (don’t get me wrong, I sure as hell…

Day 3: Intentions, Extensions and Repetitions

7 am – I wake up feeling pretty good, it’s been a while since I’ve been back in acute care – mostly have been at the diabetes center the last month. Felt pretty excited to see the gang back at the hospital. Day 3, that’s nearly half way through the week! Tired and missing my…

Day 2: Crabby Patty

It’s dark and gloomy out. Waking up is hard, and even harder now that I don’t have my routine coffee or tea (usually may way of making sure I get at least 2 servings of dairy or alternatives in per day). My head feels just as heavy as the clouds in the sky today. Possibly…

Day 1: Hugs n’ Quiches, Hunger Unleashes

After carrying the lighter-than-usual bag of groceries into the door yesterday, I looked at my ingredients. Ambitious in trying to be creative and attempting to eat healthy meals, I made sure I picked out at least a few versatile protein choices, a dairy product for calcium, vegetables and some grain products. Seasoning or cooking oil? Salted…

Day 0.5 – Why? and What?

Why Join the Challenge? By day, I currently work in a diabetes center; before that, I was in acute care often covering Emerg. About 2.5 months ago, a typical day in Emerg, I had a referral to see someone for nutrition intervention. The physician’s physical assessment indicated patient X, with Type 1/2 Diabetes (latent autoimmune…