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Discussion in 'Calorie Counting' started by The Moog, 26 April 2014.

  1. The Moog

    The Moog Well-Known Member

    I'm taking part in 'Below the Line' this year. It's starting on Monday and raises awareness and funds for those living in extreme poverty.

    What this means for me is that I'm eating and drinking on £1 a day from Monday to Friday to raise funds for disabled children who have to live in these conditions all year round.

    I've no idea what this will do to my weight loss, but I thought you guys (more than anyone) would be interested in what I get to eat for £1 per day. Hence the thread :) I'll update each day from Monday.

    I don't think I can ask for sponsorship here, but there is a meaning behind all this - not just losing more weight. In fact, it might be a complete stall this week because it's cheap not healthy.

    Monday morning here we come :/
  2. Blueway

    Blueway Well-Known Member

    I'll keep an eye on this thread, I'd be very interested in how you manage.
    Good luck!
  3. FatAssasination

    FatAssasination Well-Known Member

    I saw something about this in my local parish council newsletter this week! Was very intrigued!

    Good luck !
  4. systema

    systema Well-Known Member

  5. KellyJervis

    KellyJervis Well-Known Member

    Sounds interesting. Good luck!
  6. The Moog

    The Moog Well-Known Member

    I've just updated my diary on here. I've managed day 1.

    Lidl did us proud with a salad for 28p. Admittedly it only had 3 cherry tomatoes in it and the lettuce was a bit limp, but still there was a bit of mackerel too...

    No dressing was the hardest bit to manage, but it did the job. Pud was a jelly, with enough cubes left over for another few days.

    I'm settling down now to fresh veg soup and (as I have a few pence left) a ryvita and a half.
  7. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    Wow! Good luck! Can you pm sponsorship details?

    And can I put a link to your diary in my signature to publicise your efforts?
  8. The Moog

    The Moog Well-Known Member

    That's really kind of you - thank you! I just hope I can manage it for the rest of the week. I think it'll get harder as I go on. My diary's just the one in my sig line. I'll PM you with the other - hope that's ok with the forum mods. Please let me know if it's not.

    I'll do a weigh in every morning, just to see what it does to the weight as well. I've not counted calories today - just the money!
  9. Dietninja

    Dietninja Loves cake!

    Doesn't sound like a lot of food though. Can't imagine you can get fat on £1 a day, but can't imagine you can eat terribly healthily either....
  10. The Moog

    The Moog Well-Known Member

    It's not a lot of food. I usually have a salad for lunch, but far bigger and more interesting than that one was! I think I've done fairly well on the healthy - other than the jelly and the ryvita, nothing was processed. I'm just wondering when the hunger pangs are going to kick in...
  11. The Moog

    The Moog Well-Known Member

    Ah - and there they are.

    Time for an early night ;)
  12. chezz

    chezz walk walk walk

    the moog
    i think its amazing what your doing in will nip in to watch i would gladly give to this organisation x
  13. The Moog

    The Moog Well-Known Member

    Thanks Chezz :) I don't know if I'm allowed to put a link to my sponsor page, but the organisation is Live Below the Line if you want to find out more :)

    I'm just doing this until Friday. I'm now wondering how on earth people do survive on this regularly.
  14. The Moog

    The Moog Well-Known Member

    Hungry and a bit headachy this afternoon. I've got my parsnips in roasting along with the boiled split peas that will turn into pease pudding with a touch of butter.

    Going to try and get a bit of meat in to the diet tomorrow - toad in the hole on the cheap?
  15. systema

    systema Well-Known Member

    I do wonder about living on a £1 a day in UK - in India it is not a problem (away from tourist areas) as I know, as a veggie we did it all the time and that is because that is all it costs. A thali - which is a big tray with about 5 small portions of different curries - local rice - roti and a papad costs about 50p and that is a very filling meal. Fruit and yogurt for breakfast or a Masala Dosa (big rice pancake filled with veg) and some dhal and veg or rice for lunch and that is your £1 spent.

    2 days ago you were headachy - not enough food ?

    I do applaud you for doing it but please do not make yourself ill.
  16. The Moog

    The Moog Well-Known Member

    Yes, it's definitely not as easy in the UK. I've not had any fruit at all this week. An apple was pretty much the cheapest thing I could find for 9p. It would have been considerably easier if I could have had pasta and home made bread :(

    As it was (I'm done in the morning!) it's been possible by bargain hunting at the end of the day and in supermarkets like Lidl. Tinned fish has been my saviour (anchovies today). I've managed and it's been fine, but I'm glad to be done :)
  17. MichaelaW

    MichaelaW Member

    Well done!! Interested to know how many pounds you lost?
  18. PrincessSparklePants

    PrincessSparklePants Little Miss Christmas

    Well done for seeing it through lovely, I guess although it isn't possible to live 'healthily' with all the nutrients and vitamins you need, sometimes it is an eyeopener for you to see how the other half live and what some people have to do. It'd certainly make me consider waste and what it is that we throw out. I try not to bin a lot but there *is* a lot of waste that if I just put a bit more effort in would not exist.

    Has it made you look at thing differently? :)
  19. chezz

    chezz walk walk walk

    the moog
    well done you love x x

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