Living Below the Line is a challenge to see if you can do what 1.4 billion people in the world living in poverty have to do everyday. The next 5 days I will have to survive on $1.50 a day of food. That’s $7.50 for the next 5 days of meals ( food and drink).
I already feel like I cheated because I was able to jump in my car and drive to Publixs and buy what I need. I seriously doubt the 1.4 have cars or can afford gas.
I also know the $1.50 is used by the 1.4 for food, shelter and clothing while I just have to budget food. This challenge will teach me and I hope to be able to learn what I can do to make a difference.
I am taking donations for the World Food Program USA. This charity is working to solve global hunger. Around the world, 1 in 8 people go to bed hungry each night. School meals have the power to break the cycle of hunger and poverty, by giving children the chance to learn, grow and reach their full potential. We can end hunger, but we can’t do it without you. All proceeds benefit school meals for children in the world’s poorest countries.
Last Thanksgiving in 2012 I decided to give up meat and chicken for a while, maybe a few week or until my cruise on December 24th 2012. I have always been a huge meat eater more than most people. I am a member of Don Shula’s 48oz club, that means I ate all my food, appetizer and the 48oz steak. I said to my friends and family “This is going to be easy for me to give up meat for a few weeks before the cruise”. They were betting against me, they all said I would not be able to make it til the cruise. I was to much of a meat eater, I had to have meat with every meal. I showed them up I made it up to the cruise.
On the day of the cruise I was still meat free and I did feel lighter like everyone who I had spoken too told me they felt when they stop eating meat. The cruise was fun and it was great that my family members were all taking a Christmas cruise together. One of my uncles on the cruise did not eat meat as well, he only ate seafood and eggs like I was doing. He has been a Vegetarian for years and he gave me inspiration to keep to the meatless diet on the while on the cruise. That was in December of 2012 and I had another cruise in January of 2013.
The January cruise was with 19 friends and I still kept to my meatless diet. A few things that changed besides felling lighter and having more energy was I could workout longer and I did not get sore. My muscles recovered faster from my workouts, but my body shrank, I was not losing weight I weighed the same it seemed that I got more compact, I guess I was just puffed up from eating meat.
About three months into my new diet of not eating meat or chicken, I was substituting my protein intake eating a lot of eggs, Tofu, fish, shrimp and other seafood’s. Then I came home one day and my girlfriend told me she found out that to much Tofu was bad for me. Tofu in abundance would produce estrogen and give me a upset stomach. I did not research if she was right or wrong I just took her word for it. What was interesting is that we were going to an Indian restaurant that same night in Oldsamr. I ordered a vegetarian dish and Gina order a meat dish for diner. I also order an appetizer but they brought out the wrong appetizer. The wrong appetizer was called Chilly Paneer. Paneer is an Indian cottage cheese used to substitute meat.
The Paneer was delicious and my new Tofu replacement. We use the Paneer for lots of dishes, its great with lots of Trinidadian dishes especially curry. I am not having any problems find different foods to eat when we are out at restaurants. The menus these days almost always have a vegetarian dish or you can eat a salad. I will keep everyone updated with my progress with my new meals and my workouts. I want to see what I would look like after six months of this diet. I was of the impression vegetarians looked dried out and shriveled up.
The last time I came here to this Buddhist camp was at least 5 years ago and much has changed since then. I guess to accommodate this many more people these changes had to take place. The food is now served in a covered walkways, I remember open tables with
a line of 2 or 3 people ahead of you. Now the line can be 25 + people in front of you all waiting for the delicious food.