The thread on stocking up on food brought to mind a question that I always ask people who question why my wife and I stock up on food. What is the longest that you've ever gone without food. Like a total fast. Nothing but water. No juices, milk, etc... Sometimes in life you hit a spot where you have to stop and question everything. It's like reaching a crossroads and you really have to strip everything down to the bare essentials to get your bearings. That happened to me a few years back and I felt like I had to get a fresh perspective on everything. So, I decided that it would be nothing but water until I got my bearings. The first day or 2 were difficult, but it got easier. I would go to bed hungry and think about how many people in the world were also going to be hungry, not by choice, but by circumstance. The thought of how many children knew no other way of life and accepted hunger as the norm. It really became an eye opening experience. It was also amazing at how strong my sense of smell became. My wife could open a can of tuna or chicken a couple of rooms away and it was overwhelming to me. I tried to continue working on our house but after 3 days I had no energy at all. I lasted 6 1/2 days and started eating again only because I had things that I had to get done. If it weren't for that I felt that I could have gone on at least a few more weeks. What I did was intentional and I saw that hunger was quite a motivator, especially if it is not a conscious decision.