In the office we’ve been talking about World Hunger Day, on 28th May, and when I heard about the ‘Live Below the Line’ challenge I thought it sounded easy so agreed to take it on.  The Hunger Project are asking the public to eat and drink on £1 per day for 5 days, just as one in nine people already do.  I saw on the news last night that the number of people living in hunger has fallen to a 25 year low of 800 million.  However, the main focus is always on large high profile disasters but anyone can have a shortage of food due to a low income or other reasons.  You can read more on their website…

http://www.thehungerproject.co.uk/getinvolved/worldhungerday/world-hunger-day-purpose/

My first thoughts were

“Can I eat the free fruit we get at work?”  That’s probably a ‘no’.  Followed by “what about work’s supply of tea and coffee?”  ‘No’ too.

I remembered my student days and thought about how I’d shop the soon out of date section in the supermarket.  Would I be able to afford meat that way?  No.  So it looks as though I’ll be going veggie and relying on eggs and cheese for protein.

At least I can use the herbs in my garden; I have mint, thyme, rosemary and chives.  Hurrah for something to flavour with!  I’ve taken a photo of my garden in case my colleagues think I’m lying about the herbs!

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When I saw the suggested shopping list and meal plans I was worried –only 3 meals a day?  I’m not going to last on that (says the woman who has 2 breakfasts, snacks and dessert after dinner)!  But I suppose that’s the point of it –to feed yourself as well as you can on £1.  So here’s my shopping list for the next 5 days…

 

Oil

0.10

Butter

0.30

Garlic

0.05

Yoghurt

0.45

Porridge oats

0.16

150g Rice

0.10

400g Tinned Toms

0.25

500g Onions

0.30

250g Potatoes

0.35

300g Sweet Potato

0.34

1 Tin Kidney Beans

0.22

2 Carrots

0.10

6 Eggs

1.00

Loaf of bread

0.40

Pasta

0.23

Biscuits

0.25

Baked Beans

0.20

Noodles

0.19

Total

4.99

I calculated that this would allow me porridge AND toast in the morning (so I still get two breakfasts), then four different meals for lunch and dinner over the 5 days:

Sweet potato and kidney bean stew with rice

Scrambled eggs on toast

Jacket potato with baked beans

Pasta with tomato sauce

And one pack of prawn flavoured noodles for emergencies!

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The easiest part for me is drinking…I rarely drink anything but water (except the odd vodka on a night out).  I only have one cup of tea a day so won’t miss that too much, and first thing in the morning and last thing at night I drink a mug of hot water.  It gets your stomach and digestion going.  I’ll add a bit of mint when I need some flavour.

 

I’m a sugar fiend so what I would miss most is the snacks and sugar on porridge or honey/jam on toast.  Luckily I found some ginger nut biscuits for 25p, not my favourite but I went with the cheapest pack.  I can have 6 a day so I reckon I’ll be sick of them by the end of it…again another point of the exercise; I’m sure people living below the bread line don’t have much choice and variety in their food so I would learn how that feels.  Then I felt guilty for thinking ‘at least I can eat whatever I want in 5 days’ time.’  Not many people have that luxury!

 

See tomorrow’s blog for how I get on with my first day…

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