Eating Experiment – 2 Week Mark

It has been two weeks since I returned from my trip to the Adirondacks, and two weeks since I began living off of the food in my cabinets and freezer.

I am sitting here drinking a gin & tonic, with a full belly of kielbasa and sauerkraut, baked beans, and grilled potatoes — The experiment is going rather well.

In the last two weeks, I have gone through two blocks of cheese, a box of crackers, my emergency Ramen noodle supply, instant pancake mix, instant oatmeal, and a number of canned goods including vegetables, soups, and fruit. About two mornings worth of grits that remain. Fortunately, I have found a pack of bagels in the freezer, which will supplement the grits, sufficiently putting me through the month’s remaining breakfasts if I can maintain eating only bagel halves. I’m not accustomed to bagel halves, so a massive bag of trail mix using my world-famous recipe (peanuts, cashews, raisins, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips) has been gracing the middle of each morning.

In a day or two, I will deplete my kielbasa supply, and lunches and dinners will transition to pasta, potatoes, onions, some frozen vegetables, and a few frozen meats and seafood including shrimp, pork, hamburger, and some smoked trout.

What I am miss the most are my dairy products (eggs!), local Musser Dairy chocolate milk, and fresh vegetables. Fortunately, I horded enough Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale and Southern Tier Pumpking beer last Fall to tide over my beer supply until July.

The most difficult thing about the eating challenge is to make sure that I am eating well-rounded meals, and also that I am eating sufficiently, as I’ve been maintaining my workout regiment through this month, and have also been doing some extensive hikes. (Between you and me, I admit to stopping at a tavern in the Pine Creek Gorge last weekend for a plate of chicken wings after a 12.5 mile hike on the Black Forest Trail.)

Simplifying my life feels good.