Live Below the Line: Wrap-up of Almost Five Days on $1.50 of Food per Day
By flaursen on April 30, 2014
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Live Below the Line officially started on Monday. Participants will live on $1.50 of food and drink per day for five days, to raise awareness about those living in extreme poverty and to raise funds for charities including Heifer International, Kiva.org, and UNICEF.
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I am traveling this week, so I decided to do the challenge early, from April 23 - 27. As I wrote in my first post about the challenge, I was very worried about how eating so little would affect my depression and anxiety.
Here's a breakdown of how I did:
- Day 1: It was extremely hard, but I stuck to the guidelines.
- Day 2: I purposely cheated by having a cup of black tea with milk and sugar that I hadn't paid for out of my $7.50 budget
- Day 3: I ate two tiny chocolate chip banana muffins I had baked at home but again hadn't paid for within the budget
- Day 4: I successfully avoided the temptation of pizza and cupcakes at a birthday party, but caved at dinner time eating some of my daughter's hamburger and fries
I decided to stop the Live Below the Line challenge a day early. That was part of the deal when I started. If the health or safety of my kids or me were jeopardized, I would stop immediately.
I did the challenge from a Wednesday through Saturday. Mostly it was because I just didn't want to wait, but also I thought it might be helpful to have my husband around on the last day. I realize now it would have been better to do a Monday through Friday, as the challenge is usually set up. Weekends hold many more temptations, and my kids were home all day, grating my already frayed nerves.
I can't imagine how people who live on so little every day can get by, especially if they have children. My depression worsened so much even though I was still taking my medication, still sleeping in a warm, comfortable bed, and with my husband's help. I scaled my physical activity way back to try to conserve energy, but I suspect most people living in poverty can't do that. They have to scramble at making a living just to survive.
I'm a little disappointed that I wasn't able to do the whole five days, but I know that I made the right choice to stop early. My sponsors have donated $462 for UNICEF. Donations are accepted through May 30, so please feel free to sponsor me if you haven't already. It would be so great to raise at least $500.
One of the benefits I got from eating so little is that it helped me go "back to basics," figuring out which foods I need to survive and be healthy and how much healthier I eat if I prepare meals ahead of time. I've already hard-boiled some eggs and prepared a salad to eat later.
Thank you to all my readers for their support and their generous donations.
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