It’s almost the end of day one, and I am realizing that due to the 99 cent store on the corner, getting enough food to eat for 4 bucks a day is not difficult. See earlier post for a description of what $20 got me. It’s not the quantity- it’s the quality. The food I ate today is mostly crap. It all has additives, high fructose corn syrup and preservatives. I am not the healthiest eater in the world, but I am normally very aware of what I put in my body. It feels good to nourish yourself with wholesome, fresh ingredients, it rejuvenates and revitalizes you. I try to eat as much as possible according to the “whole food diet”- fresh fruits, veggies and whole grains. If you know me then you know I struggle with this, (can you say Bud Light and sour gummy worms?) but even if I am not eating healthy, I am aware of it. Being aware of the connection between diet and health is an important aspect of eating that gets overlooked by many in this country.
So eating on 4 bucks a day means I can’t eat the way I am used to. I realize how spoiled I am when it comes to food. I pretty much eat what I want when I want and don’t think too much about cost. Today I ate:
- smoothie and maple/brown sugar instant oatmeal
- package of ramen noodles
- baked beans with hot dog and a potato
- instant butterscotch pudding
It wasn’t bad but nothing was good (except the smoothie). I decided to save my two cans of veggies for another meal, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to stomach the fuzzy zucchini. So as far as getting my veggie fix- it’s not going to happen today. But I have a baggie of carrots with my name on it for lunch tomorrow- and I can’t wait!