Live Below the Line: Wrap-up of Almost Five Days on $1.50 of Food per Day
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.
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
My mood was terrible by the end of day one, but improved dramatically on days two and three. By the end of day four, I was irrationally angry, basically terrorizing my family, especially my six-year-old son Zach. My husband was really freaked out by how angry I was, how upset Zach was, and that neither of us wanted to talk about it. I did apologize to Zach that night, but during breakfast on the fifth day, I could see that my husband and Zach were both still upset and hurt.
Image Credit: Kate Ter Haar, via Flickr
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