Sunday, November 11, 2012

30 Days of Thankful - Day 10

Day 10: For delicious food

We need food to do all the awesome things on our bucket lists but also just to function. When our girls arrived 13 weeks early, their bodies weren't ready to eat food so they were given the equivalent through central lines (more permanent IVs) that ran through their belly buttons. 

I received TPN during and after my transplant, when I was unable to eat for weeks. When you can't eat, modern medicine has to give you the nutrients you would otherwise get from eating because food equals fuel. 

As a mom, I've already heard myself at least 20 times tell Goose that he can't waste his dinner because "there are starving children in __________ (fill in the blank)." We all know that there are children and adults who are hungry all over the globe and yes, even in the US. For this reason and so many more, I am opposed to throwing out food; thus, DH and I have really tried to make a concerted effort to avoid this practice, recently. We check expiration dates in advance and plan meals according to what is going bad first. Sometimes I wish we could skip the 'save the food' campaign and just make extravagant dinners when we desire, but then I remind myself that leftover soup is significantly better than that which millions of other individuals are eating.

I have a fridge and pantry full of great food. I have 3 food stores less than 1 mile away. I have numerous food co-ops that will deliver organic, locally grown veggies to our door. Although it took me a couple years, I have finally realized that I am so lucky to have delicious meals multiple times each day and more importantly, be able to provide for all of my family.

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