It’s amazing how great a plate of rice and veg topped with tuna tastes when you are really , really hungry!
If you haven’t already seen part 1 and 2 and want to know what I am doing, you can catch up with them here:
In a nutshell I have been set the challenge of surviving on £1/day for all my food and drink for 5 days to raise money for Oxfam and awareness for people living in poverty. I have further challenged myself to see if I can still eat healthily on that budget.
In the picture above you can see what I am eating. 2 bowls of porridge made with water, pasta with 2 eggs and then rice, frozen veg with tuna or sardines. I am eating the same thing everyday because I needed to use up everything that I bought and couldn’t afford variety.
And….this is waaaaaay harder than I thought it would be! I am eating healthily but the problem for me is quantity. I am surviving on 1400 calories / day. That’s about half of what I normally have. Hell some days I can do that for breakfast! Its not going to hurt me to cut down a bit and I could do with losing a few pounds but this is quite extreme!
I feel dreadful – hungry, headache, weak, tired, forgetful and nauseous. I know that I am detoxing from caffeine but the rest of the symptoms must just be low blood sugar and hunger as I don’t have anything else to detox from. I am also noticing the lack of protein – I just don’t seem to feel full up without it..
I am having quite a good split of macros, a little bit on the carby side, but I just seem to be used to having more protein than I perhaps need
After day one I have decided to have my main meal at lunch time so that I can use the calories throughout the day when I need them. I am drinking loads of water to a) help the detox process and b) to make sure that none of my hunger is related to thirst.
I am injured so cannot train at the moment but even if I could I would not have the energy to.
This really makes you think about what its like to be living in poverty. I am just dealing with one element of it. At least I wake up in a nice cosy bed with a roof over my head, I can nurture myself , and have unlimited fresh water.
It’s also made me think a lot about whether people can or can’t afford to eat healthily and my verdict will be published on Saturday.
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Meanwhile I have 2 more days of gruel and rice!