Post-SNAP Challenge

What a week!

I’m so glad I participated in our class SNAP Challenge! It was really eye-opening to experience what people on SNAP go through.

On Monday morning, I weighed myself and I did the same this morning; a week later and found that I lost 2 lbs. In class, we talked about people losing weight but felt crappy after the Challenge. However, I don’t feel as crappy as I thought. Rather, I feel healthier but more tired than I was before.

I went into the week with the mindset of trying to be healthy–eating well and exercising. I noticed with the groceries I bought, I cut out a lot of sugar I would normally consume. Whether it was from alcoholic drinks or sugar from bagels, cutting back on the sugar really shocked my body; which I think led to my mid-week breakdown. One of the biggest things for me this week was rationing out my food. At the beginning of the week, I was very conscious of how much I would eat but towards the end, I realized I had enough rice to last me two more weeks.

When we went grocery shopping, I bought peanut butter with the intent to make pb sandwiches for lunch. Well, I didn’t even touch the peanut butter. Instead of buying it, I could have used the money to buy another bag of frozen vegetables which I think were really helpful, and important, with the healthy aspect of my version of the Challenge.

One of my biggest passions is to help kids grow in every aspect in life. Looking back on the readings of children growing up in impoverished homes affecting their brain function, broke my heart. I have nieces and nephews that I love dearly and imaging them growing up not able to do anything and everything their heart desires, kills me inside (I’m actually tearing while writing this). In this article, one of the points it made was that children who receive SNAP tend to do better in school by developing skills that are important for success in school such as memory, emotional stability, and social skills.

Before this class and experiencing SNAP, I didn’t realize how important it is for children in impoverished homes but knowing what I know now, I see and understand the importance of it and for our future children of America.


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