Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Could you eat on $1 a day.

Back in the day I would sometimes eat on less than a dollar a day but I was very young. Like 18. Oodles of Noodles 3 for 99 cents. Sometimes just a bag of chips or a candy bar. Usually though it was a toss up wether to spend my .50 on a pack of Marlboro or a bag of chips. You can guess what won that toss up. Either way you can't get a pack of cigarettes for anywhere near 50 cents today and my spoiled ass most definitely could not get by on a bag of chips or a serving of Oodles of Noodles (though I would like to be the same size I was at 18,hmmm...).

Along comes this interesting blog. This couple has started a project to eat food on $1 a day to bring attention to the fact that more than 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day. You can check out the One Dollar Diet Project blog here. They are also raising money for Community Resource Center and The ONE Campaign. Pretty cool and brave of them IMO.


Blogger betmo said...

good find :)

9/09/2008 05:57:00 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Thanks for the link!

I admire (but don't envy) them for doing this project.

It's sad that when eating on a very low budget, people are usually limited to mostly starches - not being able to afford many fruits and vegetables.

9/09/2008 10:01:00 PM  
Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Eating on $1 dollar a day is very hard on the body.

9/09/2008 11:07:00 PM  
Blogger dawn said...

I remember the dollar days but when our young and free and going out all night you really don't think about the food so much. Noodles were a very good friend, buit I also worked fastfood because you always had a free meal! HEHE

9/10/2008 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

If we don't keep the embalmed zombie and Sarahpoleon out of the White House, we may ALL have to learn how to do it.

9/10/2008 02:31:00 PM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

I guess if you buy a sack of chick peas (10kg) and a 10 kg sack of rice, ten kilos of onions, and five litres of oil ...

you might just be able to live on a dollar a day

but one might be sick of rice and chick peas by the end of the month

9/11/2008 02:25:00 AM  
Blogger The Beltway B@stard said...

In the age of check cards, and electronic transactions - I don't even remember what a dollar looks like.

I do remember saying I would quit smoking when a pack hit $2. I think I stretched it to $2 and some change before I actually gave in.

Great link! Thanks Mary.

9/11/2008 05:10:00 AM  
Blogger Mariamariacuchita said...

That would obviously not be a healthy diet...I could not easily do that.

9/11/2008 05:03:00 PM  
Blogger Human said...

I used to pride myself on eating dinner, my only meal of the day on a dollar or less. My standard recipe was, a can of Cambell's Chunky (.89) and a cup of rice(.99 per lb.) It was a steady diet for years. After being a child who went to bed with an empty tummy too often, I thought I was eating like a King.

My brother and I used to joke about it. "What's for dinner"? "The usual" was the reply. Always busted us up. For the "usual" was nutin'.

I remember a night when we searched the cupboards hi and low for something to eat. We found a box of tapioca pudding and a shriveled up potato that had rolled under the bottom of the cupboard. We filled a pot of water and boiled it all up. It came out so thick that one spoonful filled me up! We could of fed a 100 people with that pot of glop.

So much Poverty and Starvation is created. I don't know if we can ever eradicate poverty what with the Power the Evil Forces possess. But we can damn sure well try. I chose the One link. Thanks for the info.

9/12/2008 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

When I was young, I could easily eat on a dollar a day. However, prices have jumped a lot since I was a kid.

9/12/2008 11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Katie McKenna said...

Thanks for sharing the link. I found this train of comments interesting as well. I say my horses eat better than I do. :)

9/13/2008 08:03:00 AM  
Blogger Krimo said...

30 years ago, I occasionally lunched on wine and cheese for £1 and starved for the rest of the day.
I'd really love to do that again and shed those unwanted pounds.

But real life is so different. Real life is that there truly are millions of people living on less than $1 a day. Not out of choice. So, so sad!
Look into any Western household daily rubbish bin and you'll find more than one dollar's worth of waste. I should know. Our three restaurants throw a lot more than that after every service!
I am happy that there are people like One Dollar Diet Project to bring this home to all of us.

9/13/2008 05:32:00 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

what we ate for a few years as young adults wasn't healthy for us then, and sure isn't a long term health plan for kids and older folks. It was cheap, though. My favorite was top ramen w/ an egg in it -- when I had green onions growing outside my door to add to the pot I thought I was living like a queen.

9/14/2008 08:31:00 PM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

yup - when we were younger.... I give the kids more allowance than what I ever got when I was their age!

Will go check out their site.

9/17/2008 02:28:00 AM  

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