My Experimental Experience

My experience with Jen Haymaker’s book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess 

I know why Jen Hatmaker included the word experimental in her book title, it is definitely is an experiment. There are a hypothesis and an outcome or in my case, do this and see what comes out!  The premise of the book is to get rid of excess in every area of your life to live meaningful and purposeful lives for Christ.


The first chapter begins with food. She chose 7 foods to eat for the entire month.  I chose 7 foods as well.

Here are my seven:


whole wheat bread





leafy greens

I allowed all leafy greens as one, and all potatoes to count as one.

What I have learned so far:

Food had a huge place in my life. It has been placed where it needs to be because of this journey.

I find myself thinking and praying for those in the world who only have one kind of food to eat, like rice or porridge.  A no-frills menu is what a huge percentage of the world’s population eat on a daily basis. “I can do this,” I tell myself when I have to eat another piece of dry bread or dry chicken breast.

Cooking food is a hobby.

Eating food is for nourishment.

I miss cheese.

I am bored in the kitchen and the grocery store.

I haven’t jumped over the dining room table to grab my child’s cheese-its.

I can function and survive on very little and still feel satisfied.

If the sweet potato was the only food left to eat on this planet, I would be seeing Jesus faster than you can say Sweet Potato Fries.

I am more determined than I thought.

My body is fed but my taste buds miss the excitement.

The other day I vented to my husband and then again to my friend Sherrie, I feel better now.  I know they both thought I would be throwing in the towel today but surprisingly, I am not. I have learned to hate and appreciate the foods I have chosen. But I will press on…for today. 🙂


This might be a repeat post but I loved it that much. Everyone should read this book and do their own personalized version of 7. You will learn so much about yourself. Some of the other chapters deal with money, media, waste and so much more. Please run out and get a copy of this book and begin your own self-discovery journey.