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Living Below the Line: Day 1 Recap

I rarely do videos and now that I've taped this one I know why: I blink a lot. So, I won't rewatch this again, but I committed to updates and this is how Day 1 of my Live Below the Line Challenge went. My goal is one video each night after work. Tomorrow will be a greater challenge because I have to go to a track meet right after school and there will be (junk) food and energetic children to look after. 

Stay with me, folks! Today's menu, bland as it was, will be spiced up later this week (I wanted to look forward to something!) Here's what I had:

Lunch: Plain ramen noodles (no spice packet) with chicken broth for flavor

Dinner: Quinoa with navy beans (made in a large batch to last the week)


Of course, I drank lots of water all day long. Tomorrow I'll have a recipe from The Cuban who is seriously challenged with cooking for me. In our home we eat well and, naturally, make sacrifices elsewhere because food is important to us. When he shops he always takes a menu so he doesn't overspend and he makes sure we use all of our food. Weekly we have about 2 nights of leftovers and sometimes he creates a whole new dish from it. 

You know how people cheer you on during a marathon and you look forward to that? Even though this is a small sacrifice to make for the greater good of spreading the word about poverty and food and the politics of it, I truly appreciate all the "attagirls" and suggestions and recipes my friends are sending me. 

Honestly, there's no greater cause I care about at the moment. I want people to eat well, but really I just want the world to be fed. 

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Reader Comments (6)

First, if you haven't mentioned the blinking I so would not have noticed.

More importantly I never even thought about the fact that you would have lunch coverage that would make this so much harder for you. Kind of makes you think of what it would be like to not have a choice and having to live every day seeing people around you eat whatever they want, whenever they want. Food for thought for sure (no pun intended).

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

This vlog and post are so inspiring. I am having a tough time with the challenge as simply a freelancer from home and mother of a toddler. I give you mad props as you juggle parenthood and your PRINCIPALSHIP as you live #belowtheline. W.o.w.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica McFadden

I really admire you for taking this on, and being so frank about what it's like now vs. when you had no choice. Keep it up!

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGlennia

Amanda, I always notice the blinking when I see myself. Maybe I should prop open my eyeballs! Noticing the food (and smells even if it is cafeteria food) was especially hard today and that's an hour and a half DAILY that I have to endure it. Maybe tomorrow I'll eat *first* so that I'm not hungry while I do it.

Jessica, tomorrow will be even harder since I go straight to a track meet. There's always POPCORN there and that's my kryptonite. ;-)

Glennia, reflecting on my poverty past is making me grateful for my current condition. I won't be complaining for a long time after this.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMocha

You had me at "I like to masticate." *grin* Thank you for sharing your journey and your insights!!

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFiona

We've been talking about beans and rice as steady diet and how hard it would be.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandeMocha

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