Below is my daily menu for the Live Below the Line Challenge. I’ll be having the same thing every day except Friday. That day I will have my breakfast meal twice and a burrito for dinner.
It looks like I didn’t do a very good job with my shopping. My daily calorie count is too low. In order to get enough calories I needed to buy food that was higher in fat and/or sugar. I will have a little bit of cereal and milk left over so I could add in a couple bowls of cereal somewhere.
Since I’m about 40-50 pounds overweight and the challenge is only for 5 days it wouldn’t be impossible to get by on this level of calories. That being said, I have full day continuing legal education classes on Wednesday and Friday. There will be free food provided there and I most likely will eat some of that free food. Doing so will mean I fail the challenge but I’m ok with that. If I can go Monday through Friday without spending anything on food I’ll feel like I accomplished something. For me the challenge is more about exerting a little self control over what I eat more than it is about seeing how little I can spend on food each day.
This menu may seem unhealthy to many of you, but it is actually healthier than what I usually eat. Compared to my usual diet of fast food, soda, chips and other junk food this menu isn’t that bad. Also, I will be having at least a little bit of fruit and vegetable each day which is not usually the case. This challenge does show that it is very difficult to eat healthy on such a low budget. Healthy foods such as vegetables just don’t have enough calories per dollar to make up much of a super low budget diet. I might use the knowledge gained from this challenge to do the challenge again next month and see if I can come up with a healthier menu that provides a higher number of calories.