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My Year of Eating Like The World Ended – Final Report

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What a long, strange year it has been!

Technically, the experiment ended the second week of September, but I kept on until the end of the month, though as you’ll see, I began loosening the constraints toward the end.

In any case, as promised, here’s the final monthly report, and in addition to that, I’ll be attaching a detailed accounting of how I plan to rebuild my pantry. Here’s how the month played out.

Daily Food Dairy for September 2019

My Year of Eating Like The World Ended – Final Report

Sun, 09.01.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of strawberry oatmeal

360

Lunch

1 serving of mango habanero chili

540

Dinner

Venison and veggies for dinner

900

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2100

Got the morning off to a good start with some pallet busting and taking delivery of my monthly trade goods, and then set about making two batches of ice cream. One chocolate and one vanilla. Straining my modest supply of ice, but it’s easy enough to get more.

Fed BMK on the porch and actually got him to come to the food bowl with me standing at the door. Of course, every time I moved, he threatened to bolt, so after a few minutes I let him eat in peace and got back to the writing. Pretty good day. Nothing spectacular, but a decent start. Put on a batch of mango habanero chili with venison added to it.

Mon, 09.02.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of regular oatmeal

360

Lunch

1 Serving of mango habanero chili and ice cream a bit later

940

Dinner

2 PB&J’s

480

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2080

Yesterday set me up for success today. With all the cooking and ice cream making done, I was able to focus solely on the writing and had a pretty epic day of it. More like this please!

Tues, 09.03.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of ho hum oatmeal

360

Lunch

1 serving of mango habanero chili

540

Dinner

Leftover veggie stir fry with chicken

700

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2060

Another epic writing day but I’m kind of regretting my trade for the “regular” oatmeal. I don’t really like it, but I’ve got a ton of it, and I hate just letting it go to waste. Still…happy with the day’s progress and enjoying my ice cream!

Wed, 09.04.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two more servings of blah oatmeal

360

Lunch

Eggieveggie Omelet

500

Dinner

Last two servings of mango habanero chili

1080

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2240

Three epic writing days in a row. I’m a human writing steamroller! I like the whole cooking for several days in advance thing, but doubt I’ll do it on a regular basis. I just don’t like spending time in the kitchen. LOL Anyway, onward!

Thurs, 09.05.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of apple oatmeal

360

Lunch

Milkshake for lunch

500

Dinner

2 pork chops, veggies, and toast and jelly for dessert

1050

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2210

Taking a break from the boring oatmeal. I’m trying to save my good, flavored freeze dried stuff for the weekends and chew through the nasty boring stuff but…my taste buds are rebelling. In any case, another super strong writing day and more tentative progress with making friends with BMK. I sat on the porch with a coffee and stayed there till he came up to the porch to eat. He did so after about half an hour, but only with great reluctance and the moment I shifted in the chair, he was gone. Still…calling that a win, and at least he’s not being as aggressive toward my three munchkins.

Fri, 09.06.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of boring oatmeal

360

Lunch

2 PB & J’s

480

Dinner

Fried Egg Sandwich (x2)

360

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1500

Really needing to rein in my calorie counts. Weight is moving in the wrong direction. Gonna try to watch that for the rest of the month.

A tray of brown eggs

Sat, 09.07.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of brown sugar maple oatmeal

360

Lunch

2 grilled cheese and a can of tomato soup

480

Dinner

2 x fried egg and pork sammiches

520

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1360

More halting progress with BMK and another incredibly strong writing day – which is turning into an incredibly strong writing week. According to the original timetable, tomorrow marks the end of the experiment, but I’m adding two weeks on to make up for the “cheat days” taken over the course of the year, which puts it close enough to month end that I might as well just run it out to the end of the month.

Will do that, but I can’t promise that I won’t play a little fast and loose with the rules toward the end. I’m still enjoying the experiment but…I kinda miss town. And the occasional restaurant outing. Anyway, that’s for later. For now, calling this another superbly successful day.

Sun, 09.08.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of brown sugar maple oatmeal

360

Lunch

2 grilled cheese and tomato soup

480

Dinner

Steak and veggies

900

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2040

Weirdly cold today. Turned the heater on in the morning to knock the chill off the house but was fine the rest of the day without it. Wearing a sweatshirt tho. If this is any indication, it’s going to be a cold, hard winter.

Repackaged my chocolate ice cream and traded it to Mike’s kids for another dozen eggs and got a ton of good writing done. Didn’t see BMK at all. Hoping he’s okay. Poor guy.

Mon, 09.09.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of boring oatmeal

360

Lunch

2 grilled cheese and tomato soup

480

Dinner

2 servings of irish potato soup

1080

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2220

BMK’s back with a slight limp. Ate well and was super thirsty. Apparently he was on the run from something but wouldn’t let me get close enough to check that leg out. Oh well. Will keep him well fed and hopefully give him the strength to heal on his own. Good, but not great writing day. Kinda running out of steam. Made a batch of Irish potato soup with pork.

Tues, 09.10.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of strawberry oatmeal

360

Lunch

2 servings of apple oatmeal

360

Dinner

2 grilled cheese and tomato soup

480

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1500

Okay – I think I’m officially getting sick. Just not feeling good at all. Weather continues to be unseasonably chilly but not so cold that I have to run the heaters except for in the morning. Taking it easy with the writing today and taking cold meds to try and head it off. Fed BMK again but didn’t try to socialize him further. Seems like we both need a bit of down time to heal. Freezing the Irish potato soup…will get back to it later.

Wed, 09.11.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Ice cream

500

Lunch

2 servings of blah oatmeal

360

Dinner

2 servings of blah oatmeal

360

Others

NO COFFEE

0

Total Calories

1220

Yeah – sick. Ice cream for breakfast and I don’t care. No writing today. Not much of anything today except for feeding the cats and occasionally getting a little something to eat. Can’t really taste the food so just contented myself with blah oatmeal.

Coffee in wooden table

Thurs, 09.12.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of boring oatmeal

360

Lunch

Slept through lunch

0

Dinner

2 servings of boring oatmeal

360

Others

Half Coffee

150

Total Calories

870

Still feeling blah. Got out of bed long enough to feed the cats and occasionally put food in my belly and take meds but another largely nothing day.

Fri, 09.13.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of boring oatmeal

360

Lunch

Ice cream and apple pie

900

Dinner

2 servings of boring oatmeal

360

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1920

Okay! Feeling like I might live. Picked at the writing today but mostly took it easy. Still managed to get a surprising amount done. Ended the day feeling pretty good about the progress and got a visit from Mike’s kids, who brought over an apple pie to help me feel better. Mmmm…apple pie.

Sat, 09.14.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of multi-grain cereal

360

Lunch

Apple pie and ice cream

900

Dinner

2 servings of apple oatmeal

360

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1920

A middling day in terms of productivity. Slow and steady and continuing to recuperate. That little cold really knocked me on my butt. I did see BMK again and his limp is a bit better, so it looks like we’re tracking on the same basic course in terms of recovery.

A plate with a slice of apple pie and a scoop of vanilla ice cream

Sun, 09.15.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of multi-grain cereal

360

Lunch

Pie and Ice cream!

900

Dinner

2 PB&J’s

480

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2040

Pretty much back to normal. Back to a solid day of writing and the ship is back on an even keel. Still a bit on the cool side but it’s not too bad.

Mon, 09.16.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of boring oatmeal

360

Lunch

Can of beef stew

640

Dinner

Can of split pea soup, pie and ice cream later

1260

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2560

Another epic writing day. Literally did nothing else, all day. Major progress!

Tues, 09.17.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of boring oatmeal

360

Lunch

French toast

640

Dinner

Last of the pie and ice cream

900

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2200

Another fantastic writing day and more progress with BMK…actually got to pet him briefly when he snuck into the house. He was FREAKED but he let me pet him before scampering off to the “safety” of the great outdoors.

Wed, 09.18.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of apple oatmeal

360

Lunch

2 PB&J

480

Dinner

2 grilled cheese and tomato soup

500

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

​1940

Woke up early, fed the cats, including BMK, and sat down. Got up to eat and hit the bathroom occasionally. Otherwise, it was wall to wall writing till nearly midnight. Exhausted but another strong day and I feel like I need it to make up for the days I was sick.

Thurs, 09.19.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of multi-grain cereal

360

Lunch

Skipped lunch

0

Dinner

2 servings of apple oatmeal

360

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1020

Today was essentially a repeat of yesterday. Just an epic writing day with not much room for anything else.

Fri, 09.20.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Back to boring oatmeal (2 servings)

360

Lunch

2 grilled cheese and a can of tomato soup

500

Dinner

2 servings of strawberry oatmeal

360

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1520

Not quite as big a day on the writing front as the past few, but still pretty solid. I feel as though I’ve got a good rhythm going, even if it was interrupted by an unexpected illness. This month is shaping up to be an exceptional one!

Sat, 09.21.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of apple oatmeal

360

Lunch

Two servings of multi-grain cereal

360

Dinner

Steak and veggies

900

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1920

Rained all day today. Lost my internet connection a couple of times briefly but it didn’t really slow me down. BMK stayed on the porch all day and didn’t run off when I went out to top off his food and water bowl. I think it was a combination of the fact that he’s slowly getting used to me and that he didn’t want to get his magnificent fur coat soggy. Whatever the case, I’ll take it. He’ll make a good pet once he’s socialized.

A bowl of multigrain cereal

Sun, 09.22.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of multi-grain cereal

360

Lunch

Skipped lunch

0

Dinner

2 grilled cheese and freeze dried tomato soup

500

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1160

Down to a light drizzle, but soggy all day. This time, BMK did scoot off the porch when I came to feed him but he didn’t go far. Watched him from the screen door which was enough protection that he felt safe to come back and eat. Then, back to the writing all day again. Today, by the way, is my birthday. I turned 51 today. It’s too soggy to go out and celebrate, but in the days ahead, I’ll make my way down to my favorite Mexican restaurant and celebrate!

Mon, 09.23.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of boring oatmeal

360

Lunch

Can of split pea soup

360

Dinner

2 pb and j’s

480

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1500

Took part of the day off to relax and unwind but still managed to get a fair bit done. Needed to catch up on some housework and got a good bit of that in too. One of the beautiful things about living in a 950 square foot house is that house cleaning duties normally don’t soak up a ton of time. Rediscovered the Irish potato soup I froze when I started getting sick. Thawing it.

Tues, 09.24.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of brown sugar and maple oatmeal

360

Lunch

1 serving of Irish Potato soup

540

Dinner

2 servings of Irish potato soup

1080

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2280

Finished off my Irish potato soup today. Glad I remembered it! And, a pretty solid writing day to boot!

Wed, 09.25.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of strawberry oatmeal

360

Lunch

Eggs and Pancakes

750

Dinner

Skipped dinner

0

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1410

Woke up achy and sore. Not sure why. Feels like I ran a marathon. Did some stretching at several points during the day and spent my breaks on the heating pad. Dang – I have no idea what I did, but I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. Anyway, still managed to get stuff done, but wow the sore muscles.

Thurs, 09.26.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of boring oatmeal

360

Lunch

Eggie/veggie omelette

650

Dinner

2 grilled cheese and freeze dried tomato soup

500

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1810

Still aching but feeling better. And I still have no idea what the heck caused it. Not that it matters, so I’m not gonna devote a ton of time worrying about it. All that matters is that I have to deal with what’s in front of me. Sore muscles are in front of me and there’s no obvious cause for them.

If there was, I’d put that on the list of things not to do in the future. Since there’s not, I’ll just deal with it and move on. Decent writing day and more quality time with the heating pad. Making a new batch of vanilla ice cream, but will eat it sparingly.

Fri, 09.27.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of strawberry oatmeal

360

Lunch

French toast!

700

Dinner

2 servings of apple oatmeal and ice cream later

860

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2220

YAY! Got to pet the BMK again today (Big Mean Kitty, in case I haven’t said recently). He was uncomfortable but he tolerated it, thanks to the magic powers of fresh meat (cooked one of my venison steaks super rare and gave it to all the cats). I wanted some too but resisted the urge. And after the feeding, I managed to get a fair bit of writing done!

Roast Beef Sandwich

Sat, 09.28.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

2 servings of brown sugar and maple oatmeal

360

Lunch

Arby’s!

1150

Dinner

Milkshake for dinner

500

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

2310

Since the experiment is over, I treated myself to lunch at Arby’s today and don’t feel the least bit guilty about it. Had a ginormous roast beef sammich with swiss cheese added and a large sweet tea. Feels weird to be eating fast food after such a long time eating a more restricted diet and got one of my cats (One Eyed Jack) a roast beef of his own – Jack just got the regular sized sandwich but he pigged out!).

Sun, 09.29.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of multi grain cereal

360

Lunch

A fajita quesadilla, chips and salsa and tea!

1250

Dinner

No dinner – still stuffed from lunch!

0

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1910

Mexican restaurant bound! Went down for a late birthday lunch today and really enjoyed re-entering society. LOL – it was a little strange and unsettling but had a fantastic lunch and lingered there long after it was over, just…enjoying being around people again. Then, I got my butt back up to the mountain top and got back to writing!

Mon, 09.30.2019

Meal

Food Eaten

Calories

Breakfast

Two servings of apple oatmeal

360

Lunch

2 grilled cheese and freeze dried tomato soup

500

Dinner

Can of split pea soup

360

Others

Full Coffee

300

Total Calories

1520

The last day of the month was a quiet one. I slept in. Read. Watched movies and wrote a bit later in the day but mostly focused on me. Reflecting over the journey of the past year and giving myself a pat on the back for a job pretty well done I think. I was tempted to go to town and grab a grease burger, but I thought I’d end the experiment formally by strictly adhering to the principles I started with, so I enjoyed the stuff I had here at the house and still managed to get a bit of good work done besides.

End of Month Summary

Not a bad month, despite a few days lost to illness and a couple of subpar performances due to general aches and pains, and I ended the month by enjoying a couple of in town outings and then getting back to what, by this point, has become much more familiar. The year, and the experiment is done and I feel better for having completed it. It was a long road, and a long journey and if you’ve been following these reports from the start, then you know that the year held more than a few surprises and missteps.

Even so, I came through it with flying colors and I learned a lot along the way. Before we get to the pantry rebuild specifics, here are my final stats:

Month End Stats


Weight: 338
BP: 123/84

(Lost a couple pounds between this month and last, but actually weigh five pounds more than when the experiment began! That clearly needs work, as my expectation was that I’d lose weight during the year. I blame my lack of willpower and easy access to homemade ice cream!)

Now, About Rebuilding The Pantry…

So – pretty early on in my experiment, I realized that my pantry in its original form had some… “issues.” There were definite shortcomings in my design. I’ve taken steps to remedy those weaknesses, and here’s my plan for rebuilding my stockpile for a year.

I’m not worried about stocking up for more than a year because my plan is to put seeds in the ground and start growing most of my own food. And of course, having learned the extreme value of trading, my main goal will be to build, develop and maintain those relationships NOW so that if something bad does happen, they’re already in place.

In any case, my main goal is to create a “set and forget” stash of food. I don’t want to have to cycle canned goods in and out, so I’m focused mainly on freeze dried stuff I can buy, put on a shelf somewhere and just forget about it. If I never need it – awesome! If I do…I’ve got it. It’s just there. Waiting.

I live alone, so this is my plan for me – one person for a year. In theory, all you’d have to do to modify this for your family is to multiply it out by however many people you’ve got in your household and you should be fine.

If you don’t like any aspect of my plan, feel free to tweak and change it to make it your own. My goal here is to give people a jumping off point and if you don’t want to have to think about it, you can just copy and paste this into your life and call it good.

BREAKFAST

Lunch/Dinner

Fruits and Nuts

Snacks!

Bread and Cheese

Personal Care/Hygiene Items

Pet Stuff

Coffee and Other Sundries

Freezer Contents

Misc.


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My Year of Eating Like The World Ended – Final Report was last modified: December 2nd, 2019 by Consumer Files