I started some research today in preparation for my Live Below the Line challenge, which starts a week today and will see me living on £1 a day for food for 5 days in support of Oxfam's fundraising to fight against extreme poverty.
I spent the whole day noticing how much I actually eat and drink throughout the day, and wondering whether it was all strictly necessary. For example, I don't really like normal breakfast foods so I have got into the habit of having quite expensive items at breakfast time - dark rye Ryvita is about £1.10 a packet and a couple of slices topped with a whole ripe avocado at £1.50 each makes for a fairly extravagant meal! I drink a lot of water so I won't miss tea or coffee during the challenge, although I've realised that I often use mint tea, or similar, to help combat the mid-afternoon slump. If I plan my meals well, and stick to them, I'm hoping I can have some emergency snack of fruit or nuts on hand to help me get through! My shopping list for the 5 days is going to be short but succinct: I'm focusing on filling lunches of wheat and pulses, and a robust soup to make me feel like I've had a hot dinner in the evenings! Watch this space for my progress report and maybe even some new recipes...
You can find out more about why I'm taking the challenge here. Thank you to all who have been so generous with their donations already; my sponsorship target of £500 doesn't seem quite so ambitious now I'm almost halfway there!
If you'd like to sponsor me - even £1 will make a difference - you can find my fundraising page here: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/themovingfoodieblog