I learned that a family on food stamps has on average 1.33 to spend per meal. I decided to spend a month taking the food stamp challenge.
I went over the costs and what I spend and decided that if I wanted to use oil and seasonings that I would have to bring that number down to 1.22 per meal for fresh ingredients.
I will not be subjecting anyone else in the household to this experiment so I will be cooking for one which is an additional challenge.
Anything bought in bulk would have to be used before the end of the month. I will have to cook individual meals or one large meal and eat leftovers no matter how tired I become of them.
This is not unique; Many seniors live alone and struggle with cooking for one every day. This is also true of young mothers whose child is breastfeeding or on formula.
I currently weigh 155 lbs at just barely over 5 feet 4 inches. My chest is 42 inches and my waist just under 30. I do work out and will continue to all month.
I offer this information so that I can see if I lose or gain or if the muscle to fat proportion changes.
I am also getting a blood test today to measure my blood sugar and blood sodium levels.
My goal is to keep my health stable.
I am fortunate in that I spent a few months working as a teacher for Raw Satisfaction. The food budget was very small. I had to create a 5 course meal for 6 people for $30.00. That is 1 dollar per course. As you can imagine this was a difficult task. I found the cheapest stores in the city and you can imagine how often I bought natural or organic on that budget.
My current task is even harder in that all of those courses or one course has to be 1.22 and I will try to be nutritionally complete.
I will monitor my nutrition and caloric intake via http://www.fitday.com
I am also fortunate in that this month is my birthday and I have a lot of wonderful friends in San Francisco who will be inviting me over for dinner or taking me out. On those days I can spend my 3.66 on breakfast and lunch.
I will do my best to post daily or close to it. And I begin.