Recently I’ve been re-reading and skimming through one of my favorite books, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, by Jen Hatmaker. In her own words, “7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence”.
This time of year, I think it can be especially wise to be mindful of all that the stores are trying to tell us we need (or that our children or loved ones need) to achieve happiness. Instead, the truth is that many of us would be just fine with a little less. Maybe even more than fine. Anyway, for me “7” was a great and convicting and thought provoking read. And one of the things it prompted me to start thinking about was the excess of food in my house. I go to the grocery store an average of once a week (mostly to stock up on produce), but the truth is that thanks to Costco we often have enough food to last us for weeks, maybe months, if we had to. Jen decides to fight back against this excess by eating only seven foods for an entire month, and chronicling her journey. I don’t intend to do that, but I am trying to be more mindful about what we eat and where it comes from, trying to teach my kids to identify hunger cues (and not just snack mindlessly), and trying to buy only what we need (and not what looks new and shiny on the shelf). I read a statistic recently that Americans waste, on average, 40% of the food that they buy. And that blows my mind! I’m definitely guilty of occasionally tossing old spinach or cleaning my daughter’s leftovers into the trash, but I sure am going to try and limit that behavior.
After reading through her chapter on food again, I did spend a bit of time considering what seven foods I would choose if I absolutely *had* to eat those and only those foods for any length of time (except for basic spices, e.g. salt and pepper; those are allowed). Here’s what I decided on:
4. Almond Butter
What about you? If you absolutely had to, what seven foods would you choose to eat for a month?