Today’s menu: whole wheat pizza (not the “french bread” kind I usually have), carrots, fruit cup, milk
Now this sort of looks like what I imagine what prison food might be like. I walked to the cafeteria knowing that I would be getting pizza today and the thought of it made me queasy. Sometimes I don’t look at the menu for that extra “surprise” (also because many little kids don’t know how to read and so every lunch is unexpected for them). I got the cheese pizza instead of the “pepperoni” because I couldn’t face the little mini-squares of “meat.” I ripped open the top of the pizza box and this is what I saw. It’s on the “well done” side. (Should I do a prison scene with the pizza slice? Or is that overkill?)
I ate it and it was better than I suspected it would be (my taste buds have really changed dramatically, which I’m sad about). The carrots and the fruit cup went down too. I didn’t take a picture of my trash because I plain forgot. I’m rushing through lunch these days. On the bright side I think that’s my last school pizza until the Fall! I ate 17 pieces of school pizza this year…. Way more pizza than I ever normally eat. HOWEVER… I think I twittered about having a craving for pizza delivery a couple weeks ago. For me that was really quite odd since we get pizza delivered once every few years. But I got my wish earlier this week when we ordered two large pizzas because of a promotional flyer we got in the mail. Needless to say they were delicious. My favorite one was the bacon and black olive pizza. I’m sure it was bad for me, but it was so good. I’m really wondering what happened to me and if I can get back to normal one day.
I made an appointment to visit the doctor next week Friday (my last day of work — kids are done Wednesday). I’m going to have a discussion with him about the project and tell him I would like a follow-up blood test. I’m going to ask for a fasting glucose test to see how I process sugar as compared to my previous results. Going over my medical records, I realized that not only do I have the results of my blood work from 2009, but I have 2008 results too. Every year I submit to blood work and get a physical to receive a discount on our insurance. In December 2009, the doctor noted that my “good” cholesterol was low, but thankfully my overall cholesterol is in the normal range (my total cholesterol was 158 mg/dl in December 2009 and 164 in December 2008). I’m not worried about my cholesterol increasing with increased school lunch consumption (it seems like they aren’t very fatty), but I’m curious about my glucose (my glucose was 82 mg/dl in December 2009 AND the same number in December 2008). I’m anxious to see how I do this time around.
The most common question I get as it relates to school lunches is “Have you gained weight?” No. I have not gained weight. In fact I think I’m down two pounds from my “pre-project” weight. But I have become much more cognizant of what I’m eating in school and out. I read that if you keep a record of what you eat every day you have a good chance of losing weight. Well, this is one hell of a warped food diary.
Doing this blog project has changed my life. I’m going to spend a lot of my summer thinking about where I should go from here after the project ends. Thanks for reading and participating you guys! One of the coolest things about the project is that you have taught me things and the blog evolved in response to what you told me. For me it was very interactive especially in the beginning when I dived right in without a clue. All I knew was that what the kids at my school ate was bizarre and came in strange packages. It just didn’t feel like real food. Here I am 98 lunches later and I’m still processing this whole experience: what I eat every day and the “notoriety” of the blog. What a wild ride for one small person!