Eating Vegan Below the Poverty Line, Part 2
Monday, December 07, 2020
Well, I'm through the first two days of eating below the poverty line. l am not enjoying the lack of variety, but I knew I wouldn't, and I'm not taking in enough calories, but there isn't anything I can do about that. Sunday ended at 910 total calories for the day. Monday was 1,018. With my activity level (the number of miles I walk a day) I'm coming up around 1,500 calories short. I'm deficient in every nutrient except carbs and fiber.
I thought I had done a relatively good job of planning, but I really didn't. I didn't even consider buying potatoes and I could have gotten a 5lb. bag at my Walmart for $2.94. I would have had to give up some other items that I bought, but it would have been a smarter purchase. The reason it didn't occur to me is because I typically don't buy bagged or prepackaged produce. I like to pick my own, though I pay more per pound by doing that. I'd have happily given up that bag of frozen mixed peppers and onions which turned out to be about 80% onion. Can anyone tell me if this is typical of frozen mixed vegetables? For the bags to be weighted towards the cheaper veggie, or is it possibly a brand issue? This is a no name brand (TJ Farms). Would there be a better distribution in Birds Eye or Green Giant? Once again, I don't buy a lot of frozen vegetables, mostly fresh so I just don't know. One thing I already know I will take away from this is a better appreciation for what I have.
Lunches the first two days were bean and rice tacos.
Dinners so far have been pasta with vegetables. I'll mix that up tomorrow and make stir fry, though it's mostly going to have onions in it from that awful frozen bag.
The bulb of garlic has been the MVP so far. That was $0.48 well spent!
My neighbor across the street goes to a food pantry every Saturday morning to get a box of food and we were chatting a bit today and I told her what I was doing so she offered to take me there this weekend so I can see the operation and what comes in the boxes. She said it varies from week to week, but some standards are always in the boxes: potatoes, onions, carrots, apples, milk, and eggs. I'm looking forward to going.