Have you ever been really hungry before? Not where you just missed lunch because you were in a hurry or couldn’t be bothered to prepare dinner because you didn’t feel up to it. I mean HUNGRY. Hunger where you’ve gone for several meals or even several days without food? Have you ever experienced hunger because you were too poor to buy food? Millions around the globe experience this kind of hunger. Can you imagine not knowing when or where you’ll have your next meal because you can’t afford to buy food?
One special woman is on a mission to do something about that. If you haven’t met Shira at In Pursuit of More, she’s like my blogging sister. Indeed, I recently discovered we are a mere 4 days apart in age. I’ve been in awe of her Not So Fast organization ever since I first read about it on her blog. Basically, the concept behind Not So Fast is to encourage those of us with plenty to go (just a little) without so that others that are really hungry can be fed.
Last month after I made a small donation to Not So Fast, Shira asked me if I would be willing to be a NSF guinea pig for their test period. I needed to go without something: a one day, 5 day, or 40 day challenge…going without one thing I would normally enjoy for the good of others and giving up the value of it to Not So Fast. Other NSF guinea pigs have gone without sugar or alcohol for periods of time.
I chose a 48 hour fast from food. I’ve fasted many times before, but never for more than a couple of meals at a time. I really wanted to know what it feels like to be REALLY hungry. My plan was to drink plenty of herbal teas, and lemon water to stay hydrated and to completely abstain from food. I knew it was going to be tough. Especially since I chose to do it over a weekend where I would be preparing food for my family at every meal.
I also chose to fast with a purpose to help myself stick to it, so during my fast I concentrated on a loved one who is suffering from cancer. When you fast with a purpose it can be a spiritual sort of thing. Many who fast feel a closeness to their maker or feel more in control of their own internal connections. I certainly do. Unbeknownst to me, Shira decided to fast with me. Despite Shira’s unseen help and these other powerful motivators, I didn’t make the full 48 hours. I was close, but I just got way. too. hungry. Not to mention lightheaded, irritable, and that blasted migraine that developed. It made me appreciate food just that much more. I have an overflowing fridge and pantry filled with good wholesome food. I am lucky. It breaks my heart that others aren’t as fortunate.
3- Feed People:
I made another donation to Not So Fast, this time for the value of 48 hours worth of food for me on my generous food budget. Then I ate some soup….
Mindful Quinoa Minestrone
This is a light and inexpensive meal for anytime, but it’s particularly good for breaking your fast with. I use quinoa for it’s nutritional punch but feel free to use less expensive grains such as amaranth, millet or the other options listed below.
- 1 onion finely diced
- 2 diced carrots
- 3 cloves minced
- 1 T. olive oil
- 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 t. dried thyme
- 1/4 C. chopped fresh basil
- 2 diced tomatoes
- 1/2 C. quinoa, well rinsed (or for you really frugal types, substitute 1/2 C. giant cous cous, bulgur wheat, broken or alphabet pasta)
- 4 C. good vegetable stock
- 1 t. sea salt, or more, to taste
- few grinds of fresh black pepper
Method: Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Once shimmering, add the onion and carrot, cook until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for a minute or two more. Add the veggie stock and the rest of the ingredients except basil and bring to a low boil. Cover with a lid and reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes until quinoa is cooked through. Sprinkle with the fresh basil and serve immediately. This recipe was shared at Healthy Vegan Friday.
What can you do?
Can you go without that cup of coffee, pastry or take out lunch and donate those funds? If you are able, Donate here. You can give as little as a $1, $5 or $10. Your donations will go to feed the hungry and towards teaching impoverished children basic cooking skills with inexpensive recipes.
C’mon, warm fuzzies guaranteed.