Category: Live below the line

Live below the line: The review

Day 1:

So far, its been smooth sailing, although breakfast was a bit disappointing. Note to self-plain oats with pear and cinnamon sounds nice, but in reality, it still tastes like cardboard. 
For snacks I had a simple carrot and garlic soup, and raw carrot sticks. I also didn’t eat all the oats for breakfast, so I popped them in the oven for a baked pear and cinnamon crumble (again not so successful, it needs sugar-why did I not think of sugar!). 
Lunch was a nice big bowl of fried rice, with zucchini, garlic, onion and carrot. Luckily, lunch saved me and was really nice! 
Dinner was lentil dal with rice and one piece of flat bread. This was super yummy, and I’m so glad I have the garlic for flavoring everything! 
After my meal prep on Sunday, I have revised my meal plan:

$10 total
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Snacks
Day 1
Oats with grated pear and cinnamon
Fried rice with chicken, zucchini, carrot and fresh herbs
Chickpea and pumpkin curry with rice
Bone broth, carrot, carrot and garlic soup, Baked oat, pear and cinnamon crumble
Day 2
Toasted oats with stewed pear and cinnamon
Pumpkin, chicken and rice patties with roast potato wedges
Roast pumpkin with sautéed potato, zucchini and onion
Bone broth, baked potato, carrots, Pumpkin seeds
Day 3
Veggie hash with carrot, pumpkin, zucchini and tomato
Fried rice with chicken, zucchini, carrot and fresh herbs
Lentil dal with flatbread
Bone broth, carrots, carrot and garlic soup
Day 4
Oats with grated pear and cinnamon
Pumpkin, chicken and rice patties with roast potato wedges
Chickpea and pumpkin curry with rice
Bone broth, flatbread, carrots, Pumpkin seeds
Day 5
Oats with grated pear and cinnamon
Pumpkin, chicken and rice patties with roast potato wedges
Lentil dal with flatbread
Bone broth, carrots, baked potato

 

Might end up changing it again, depending on how it goes. 
The recipes I used as inspiration can be found here:
Pumpkin, chicken and rice patties
Chickpea and pumpkin curry
Lentil dal
Flatbread (Except no yoghurt-I will replace with water)
Bone broth
Pumpkin seeds
Of course, I didn’t make them exactly the same as I didn’t have all the ingredients, I only used what was on my shopping list. 

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Day 2:

Today was HARD. I was at uni all day, and I had such little energy, that I don’t think I spoke to anyone all day. I swapped around breakfast today, and I had toasted oats with stewed pear and cinnamon. It was slightly better than day 1, but still not great. Lunch was ok, I had to have it on the go, so it was cold, but not too bad. I was hungry by the time I got home, so I had some bone broth, and roasted my veggies. Dinner was great, but not very filling, I was hungry again by about 8.30. 

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Day 3: 
Due to all my hard work over the last few days, I treated myself to a big veggie hash this morning. It filled me up until about 11, which was great! Again fried rice was nice, but a little bland-it really could have done with some salt (must remember that for next year). The flat bread I made to go with the dal tonight was actually really yummy, and I’m glad I included it. 
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Day 4: 
I have caved and decided to sub out 2 potatoes, and sub in 2 Tbsp of sugar, I just couldn’t handle another day of plain oats. On the bright side, breakfast was actually nice today. The best way to do the oats is by grating the pear and adding the cinnamon and sugar, then stewing that with some water, and adding the oats when that’s cooked and letting it cook for a few minutes. 
Day 5: 
I’m so glad ts the last day today, however I accidentally burnt my roast veggies today (I had a few carrots leftover so I roasted them with the potato). I can’t wait for tomorrow and all the coffee I will drink, I also looking forward to some chocolate and maybe eggs. Its been an emotional roller coaster, I’ve been hungry, tired and grumpy, and I still have to carry on. 

 

Summary: 
Live below the line has taught me the value of food and nutrition, and how truly lucky we are to be able to afford nourishing food. It was such an incredible experience, I honestly think everyone should do it during their life. We have so many emotions tied to food, I was all over the place during the last week, but for me, it has an end date, for millions around the world poverty has no end. Today I eat with a grateful heart, and the will to improve the circumstances for those living in poverty. Thank you to everyone who supported me during this last week, and to everyone who donated.
 

 

Total amount raised: $261
Goal: $300
Next year: $500

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Live below the line: $2 a day

Hi Lovelies!

I will be embarking on “Live below the line” next week, and I wanted to share with you a bit about it, and why i’m doing it. Basically live below the line is an initiative to increase awareness of poverty, and how it affects food choices for the poor. Its also a personal journey to discover what it is like to live on the poverty line. The challenge is to live on $2 a day for food for 5 days. Iv’e taken quite a bit of time to prepare for this, and it’s going to be tough!
I am personally doing it to experience what food choices are like for people with little money. We live in a culture where poverty is around, but we are unaware of it, and the reality of it. I hope to use my experience to help those in need, and to increase awareness. Having studied Nutrition for the last 3 years, I know that the food I will be eating for these 5 days is in now way reaching the recommendation for macro and micro nutrients, there is just no way to get it all in. 
Below is my plan for what I will be eating, I have tried my best to include as many fruit and veg as possible, but what I found was that it was too expensive to fit more in. Also, it was hard to afford protein, I really wanted eggs, but they were too pricey. 

$10 total
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Snacks
Day 1
Oats with grated apple and cinnamon
Chicken meat with rice and pumpkin patties
Chickpea and pumpkin curry with rice
Bone broth, flatbread, carrots
Day 2
Oats with grated apple and cinnamon
Fried rice with chicken, zucchini, carrot and fresh herbs
Mashed pumpkin with sautéed carrot, zucchini and onion
Bone broth, baked potato, carrots
Day 3
Oats with grated apple and cinnamon
Chicken meat with rice and pumpkin patties
Lentil dal with flatbread
Bone broth, carrots, baked potato
Day 4
Oats with grated apple and cinnamon
Carrot noodles with chickpea patties
Chickpea and pumpkin curry with rice
Bone broth, flatbread, carrots
Day 5
Oats with grated apple and cinnamon
Fried rice with chicken, zucchini, carrot and fresh herbs
Lentil dal with flatbread
Bone broth, carrots, baked potato
Shopping list:
Item
Amount
Cost
Item
Amount
Cost
Olive oil
100mL
$19.90/4L = $0.50
Carrot
1kg
$0.99/kg = $0.99
Canned toms
1 can
$0.79
Garlic
1 whole bulb
$0.99 for 6 = $0.165/1 bulb
Oats
200g
$1.28/750g = $0.34/200g
Potato
500g
$0.99/kg = $0.50
Apples
2 small
$2.38/kg = $0.60
Chickpeas
1 ½ cups cooked (1 cup dried) = 250g
$0.304/100g = $0.76
Cinnamon
2 tsp
=$0.10
Curry powder
2 Tbsp
=$0.15
Chicken drumsticks
2-3 small (300g)
$3.99/kg = $1.20
Onion
1 whole 180g
$1.99/kg = $0.35
Rice
6 serves = 3 cups cooked =200g
$0.30/100g =$0.60
Zucchini
1 whole
$0.50
Pumpkin
2kg
$0.69/kg = $1.38
Lentils
½ cup = 120g
$0.63/100g = $0.76
Flour
2 cups= 500g
$0.75/kg = $0.375

 

Iv’e calculated it from mostly things I already have in the cupboard. And I usually buy stuff in bulk, for example I bought a 10kg bag of rice for around $15, and I found pumpkin on special for $0.69/kg (Score!). and olive oil I buy in bulk too, so I was able to put in a little bit more. My local grocery store always has great specials too, so ill keep an eye out for great fruit and veg special next week. 
I am counting fresh herbs from the garden as free, as well a anything else I have grown (I have a single tomato growing!). I should have some greens, to add to the fried rice and curries, and if I will have some fresh mint which I will use for making tea. 
I would love for you to spare a few dollars for the cause, my goal is to raise $300, and so far I have $72. You can donate here: https://www.livebelowtheline.com.au/me/brittany_smith

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Live below the line

One of my good friends is going to East Timour for 10 months to volunteer, and as part of her experiences she is living below the line for a week. She has inspired me to sign up for the live below the line campaign in May this year. What it means is that for 5 days, I will be living on $2 a day (AU$). Now, I’m lucky because I have studied nutrition, and I expect my week will consist of rice, veggies and eggs. But for people living below the poverty line, they often don’t have the luxury of nutrition education.

What I would LOVE for you to do, is join me, to spread the word about poverty, and what that actually means for people living below the line. I absolutely take for granted that I can spend $150 a week on food, but so many people just don’t have enough money to get adequate nutrition. As an (almost) nutritionist, I feel that it is my responsibility to be a voice for these people.
This is what others have lived on for a week doing the live below the line challenge:
http://rwhyde.blogspot.com.au/
http://melbournefoodjournal.wordpress.com/
http://thecharitywebsite.wordpress.com/
http://currygirl.wordpress.com/ (this one is for 4 people)
So, it would be great if you can donate, even if its only a tiny amount, or even better, jump on the wagon and do the challenge yourself.
Donate to the cause here: https://www.livebelowtheline.com.au/me/brittany_smith