Eric and Jeremiah have completed their month-long refugee fast. For Eric, the physical changes he experienced is quite startling: Below are some photos documenting the observable effects of living on a wheat diet of 1,000 Calories a day for just 1 month. The left shows me at 157 lbs on Nov 1, and the right […]
Category: Seeking Empathy – A One Month Refugee Diet
In solidarity with all of the displaced from Darfur, SGN teammates Jeremiah Forest and Eric Angel will participate on a month-long fast, matching his diet to the ones of refugees we have recently visited in the desert. They will write daily journals and regularly upload pictures and video, sharing their experience.
Join him for a day or more of his fast. He’ll let you know what he’s eating, which will be the same thing during the entire month!
I joined Eric on the Refugee Diet on Thanksgiving Day not only to support him on a holiday surrounded with an abundance of food but to hopefully make a larger impact on the message of the importance and urgency of Darfur. I started the morning with the cream of wheat cereal and hot water. I […]
Below are some photos documenting the observable effects of living on a wheat diet of 1,000 Calories a day for just 1 month. The left shows me at 157 lbs on Nov 1, and the right shows me at 134 lbs on Nov 30. So in just 30 days I lost 23 lbs. I am […]
Thanksgiving was what I had been looking forward to all month. My girlfriend Willow, who has given me rock-solid support and without whom I wouldn’t have been able to make it through the month, joined me on Thanksgiving and shared the refugee rations with me for a day. Her body did not react well to […]
My First Thanksgiving I never would have imagined that my first true Thanksgiving would be my first Thanksgiving without any special, or typical, Thanksgiving meal. Due to some sickness, and traveling schedules, we ended up not being with any extended family this weekend. My wife, son, and I ended up spending a few hours with […]
A friend recently sent me a very appropriate e-mail that compared a week’s worth of food in various cultures. There were pictures of 10 families with their weekly groceries. At the top of the list was the Melander family in Germany, the Revis family in the United States was next, and at the very bottom […]
Today marks the 2/3 point of the month, and 1 week until Thanksgiving in the US. Yesterday I saw, the first of I’m sure many to come, “news” segments on how to avoid gaining weight this Holiday season. Our biggest problem for a few weeks out of the year is having too much food. For […]
I was advised again that I should start some sort of multivitamin. This has been about the fifth serious request that I have had to start doing so. Today it was from my brother who is in pharmacy school. (Thanks Jed, but I don’t remember you being all that concerned for me when I was […]
Sunday night and Jeremiah and I are now on the downhill half of the month. I’ve been having trouble finding the focus to sit down and write a journal entry. At the start of the month I thought that I would be much more focused on the seeking empathy aspect of this fast, but I […]
“Rise and shine campers…..it’s Groundhog Day!” Another day, another bowl of wheat. My meals are becoming so monotonous; at least I have made it to the halfway point. My hearts go out to all the refugees, not only are their meals the same (day day-in and day-out for five years), but there entire life must […]