Week two of my one year experiment is now over – just 50 weeks to go. My tally for the week was a whopping $22.46 – $7.99 on almonds, $5.99 on pumpkin seeds, $4.99 on Scottish Oatmeal (which I have yet to try) and $3.49 for organic apple sauce. I was desperate for pumpkin seed powder and went to Whole Foods. Let me get real – I don’t shop at Whole Foods – and not because I’m not as pretentious as the next person – I am, and I have the purses to prove it. I’m just not someone who believes in buying organic *horrors*. I’ve seen more documentaries on how organic food can’t be properly certified and how it is grown in the same groves as my pesticide laden preferences. Before you get on your reclaimed wood soap box and lecture me, please know that I’d rather eat chemicals than a bug. I know – bad on me, Dr. Oz would lecture me and perhaps as part of my experiment, if I have to satisfy the blog, I’ll buy organic. I just won’t like it…at all. Whole Foods, with it’s grind your own almond butter, gluten-free stone grizzled bread and fair trade chocolate stresses me out. Here is a link the funniest thing I’ve ever read about this oasis in urban life http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-maclean/surviving-whole-foods_b_3895583.html Even the cashiers who pretended to look down at me for my meager purchases were secretly dreaming of the end of their shift when they could go, incognito of course, to No Frills to buy the Pizza Pockets that were on sale.
On another note, I tried to make pumpkin seed powder out of my pumpkin seeds. I put them in a baggie and hit them with the handle of a bread knife. It didn’t work. I got the hammer out and started pounding on them – that didn’t work either but I converted several seeds into flecks. I then tried closing a drawer on them several times – still no luck so I’m just going to eat them as is and hope for the best.
Now that I’ve finished my Whole Food rant, here is what I’ve learned in week two – stop sweating the sleep thing. It’s actually keeping me up at night. I tried not to glance at my clock last night when I woke up, but I did three times (see yesterday’s entry). To truly commit to something means doing things that you may not like or that may cause short term anxiety (like not knowing what time it is), but if a sleep expert says it’s not a good thing to do, maybe, just maybe, he has a point and I have to put my faith in what he is saying. Over the next week, I’m going to scour Dr. Oz’s site and articles for non-food related ways to get a good night’s sleep and take the advice that I pledged to take when I started this project.