Eating Vegan Below the Poverty Line, Part 3
Friday, December 11, 2020
I have made it successfully through five days of eating on approximately $1.50 a day. The first couple of days weren't that difficult other than the boring, no frills dining. By day three I found that I wasn't feeling particularly energetic and today, the morning of day six, I have very little energy at all. The lack of proper nutrition is taking a toll, leaving me drained and grumpy. On the plus side I'm down nearly three pounds, but I'd like to emphasize that weight loss was not part of my agenda in doing this and I definitely do not recommend that anyone do this in order to lose weight.
While I have discovered that I can survive eating this way, at least for a while, I don't believe that anyone can thrive eating this way. I also don't believe that me being a vegan is a factor in how this turned out in anyway. With such a limited amount to spend on food, I don't think that a vegetarian or an omnivore could have done any better. They might make somewhat different purchases, such as a dozen eggs instead of the extra pound of beans, but either way you're going to come out of this both nutrient and calorie deficient. While I was able to buy some limited amounts of vegetables, they were mostly frozen and of poor quality. I will say that there were a surprising number of options for a vegan shopping at the Dollar Tree, I just didn't have a large enough stipend to spend on more food.
The lack of fresh vegetables and fruits has been the hardest part for me and I am far more grateful for what I typically have than I previously was. It really is easy to take things for granted until you don't have them. Tomorrow is my trip to the food bank with my neighbor, to pick up her box for the week. I look forward to seeing exactly what she is being provided with in terms of produce. I hope to post a picture of what is in the box in my final blog on this little experiment.