Maybe you grew up hearing things like, “You better eat everything on your plate. There are starving children in the world that would love to have that food.” I didn’t really grow up with that mentality, but I feel like that is the back of my mind during this fast. Originally I purchased two loaves of bread going into this week knowing that I would be make making a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as well as having toast for a snack. I’m just going to be honesty with you… I don’t like the ends on a loaf of bread. They taste like all crust to me. I don’t dislike crust, but I think the amount of crust on a middle piece of bread is great. The ends of the loaf are a bad ratio to my taste buds.
Now I’m probably going to get mocked and look down of for this, but I usually throw away the ends of the loaf. I know… I’m terrible. I don’t often think anything of this decision. Jeremy and I have a hard time going through bread before it goes bad. Most likely I’ll throw away some dried out pieces along with the ends and replace it with a fresh new loaf. This process repeats itself often our home.
I have gone through an entire loaf of bread this week and I’m on to my second loaf. I still have the bag for the first loaf in my pantry sitting there… with two ends in it. I feel guilty about throwing them away. They are food and I feel like on a week where I am focusing on my excess, I have no excuse for not eating the whole loaf. I know a starving kid in another country would jump at the chance to have those ends, but I can’t bring myself to every eat them.
So I feel great conviction about this. I’m going to eat the ends and use the whole loaf. It’s not my preference, but it is the right thing to do. Food waste is not acceptable this week (and really shouldn’t be on a regular basis). So yes, I’m going to do this… I wish I was excited, but I’m not. I guess I’ll need a lot of peanut butter or jelly to help me get it down.
On an entirely random note, I felt like doing some math – I must have missed it from the weeks before! I have eaten 20 slices of bread this week and 12 things of string cheese! Never before in my life have I eaten so much of one item in such a short period of time. I wonder what the grand total will be by the end of the week… Hmm… These are a just a few of the interesting thoughts that bounce around in my head!