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I ask this because like everyone I eat and eat and eat and then bitch and bitch and bitch when the pounds pile on and yes I diet and sometimes I diet with full on iron will power and fit into that dinky dress and other times I just think okay next week after day one gets too hard.
I will often go shopping to buy in special foods for my diet and stock up on stuff – we all do buying diet bars or shakes etc; yes spending money to lose weight.

Every day I buy a drink from Pret a Manger which costs £1.95 so that's two days money for one drink which is technically a splash of coffee/ water and airy frothy milk bubbles aka a cappuccino  – I now think how carelessly I'm eating and drinking and then bitching ....... Says the woman who wanders carefree down isles in the supermarket putting in what she fancies and with work eats in the most sought after London restaurants.  

Some of you will know about my passion for helping the homeless well on the 10th of the 10th (October) it's the first World Homeless Day and it's to raise awareness about this and to show it's not just the stereotype who fall homeless – we have ladies on this site who have been through this and are going through this situation.

So with [Link Removed] so Brianna is living on $2 a day and I'm living on a £1 which is the amount stated by the World Bank as to what constitutes below the poverty line.  

Sadly we are not alone 1.4 billion people are living under the extreme poverty line.

I'm not asking you to sponsor me or to join me (you can if you wish) but I'm asking you to think about what you could do to help me to get [Link Removed]  out to more people.

so  next time you eat or drink something think of the cost and maybe  think of those who will never be able to afford on a daily basis a splash of coffee with milk bubbles ........


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      UK Girl wrote Sep 13, 2010
    • This has been the hardest challenge I have every faced as I’m trying to stuff my face with noodles or cheap pasta and then crash after the carb overload but I have to work while I’m doing this and keep my concentration up ......

      This is beyond dieting and falling of the diet wagon all I think about is food and my sense of smell is in over drive - so need some fab 40 cheering on heart



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      Lazylola wrote Sep 13, 2010
    • Well maybe I can help, and maybe not (with suggestions, wish I could help with $$)...my pantry is almost always open, so is my fridge and freezer. There are hardly any snacks here, heck there is hardly any food period...sometimes it just isn’t in my budget. We do have a lot of noodles, I know not healthy but sometimes that is all I can afford. Monday thru Friday while the boys are in school I don’t always do lunch, coffee is my breakfast. But if I must eat something I will usually eat about a half cup of dry cereal to tide me over until they get home. I am usually just as hungry as they are when they get home. I buy chicken breasts in the huge family packs as they are cheaper that way, then I split them up into several smaller packages and freeze. I also but the one pound ground beef packages and when I cook it I split the meat in half, half of it may go to tacos (mixed with potatoes) and the other half I may throw it in with sauce and throw that over some pasta. Just yesterday boy # 2 asked for fresh fruits and vegetables...sadly not in the budget, the alternative is mixed fruit out of a can with the heavy syrup..yuck...lol.

      Not sure if any of my meal ideas help, but you can do this and I’ll be looking back to see if anyone else has any other ideas on how to stretch food dollars.



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      UK Girl wrote Sep 13, 2010
    • In a nutshell I have porridge in the morning with water and minus any sugar I then have soup for lunch and supper.

      I’m doing it for 7 days and I have bought vegetables for the soup and made a huge batch and then made it into portions so it’s frozen down for the days - if I feel hungry I can have more porridge but you have to remember people who live like this will not have 7 types of jam or may seasoning’s anything like this so yes it’s hard and knowing I can’t just splurge or have a cake or coffee .... I’m drinking masses of water as this is free



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 13, 2010
    • We have a lot of farmer’s markets over here. I’ve found that if I go about 1/2 hour before they close down they discount the veggies and fruits a lot just to get rid of them.

      When I was a young woman on my own I remember standing in a grocery store debating between buying a head of lettuce or a TV Guide. They each cost a quarter. I bought the lettuce, split it up into segments and made it last for about 6 days. I heard that our food banks here are being used like never before by families that just can’t make ends meet.

      Vikki I commend you for doing this. In developed nations like the United States and the U.K. there is no excuse for hunger. And we should be taking our technology and helping lesser developed countries provide sustainable food and clean water for their people.



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      UK Girl wrote Sep 13, 2010
    • What has shamed me about myself Cynthia is the amount of food I throw away and also all the “stupid food ” I buy just because I like the container or stuff and have it on the shelf and lots of people are literally one pay cheque from being homeless and there is no net to save and catch them they usually rely on the kindness of strangers.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Sep 13, 2010
    • Oh gosh Vicki I am disgusted by the amount of food I toss out on garbage day. I am now only buying 2 meals at a time and only enough fruit for a few days. I end up going to the store more but I’m hoping it helps to cut down on the tossing.

      Vicki you are a hero for doing this!



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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 13, 2010
    • Great idea Vicki!! So very proud of you!!
      Off the top of my head....you might want to check with ..The Duggars...the family with 19 kids.  They have recipes on there to feed a lot of people.  One of them is their famous tater tot casserole.  Just giving some suggestions for other people too.  Juar google:  The Duggars...

      I admit I throw tons of food away.  I waste so much.  Now that you have drawn attention to the cause...hopefully I will do better about making food last and now throwing anything away.



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      Anne E wrote Sep 13, 2010
    • Vicki,
      Kudos to you for doing this! heart I buy a lot of fruits and vegetables and then throw them away when they become too ripe.  I could at least freeze the veggies to eat later and freeze the fruit to make smoothies!  I read about an American couple who lived a entire year on $2 a day.  They ate a lot of dried beans mixed with onions.  I also waste money on bottled water and going out to eat.



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      Linni wrote Sep 14, 2010
    • i am very proud of you Vicki!heart

      as many of you know, my children and i lost our home in July ( and the year has had MANY losses) and have been blessed to be able to stay with some friends! now, for me, i go without alot of the time so my children can have.. does that mean we have a mansion? no.. caviar every not ( not ever, just usuing it as an example lol )..  

      i make things in lorge wuanties, and freeze them so we have something in the freezer.. we eat alot of chicken breast as its cheap...i was never much of a breakfast or lunch eater, and would only eat small portions at supper so my children could have more, hut in may i was diagnosed with sever COPD and type 2 diabetes..each of those have specific diets that needs to be followed.. so i have been eating breakfast( consisting of oatmeal, fruit and wheat germ ) and lunch is always a salad, and then light on the evening meal.. my children are picky eaters which frustrates me, and my younest will waste food somedays.. and i tell her, when we are out, we are out! THEN you will know what hunger is!heart



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      Max0125 wrote Sep 14, 2010
    • Thank you for bringing this to our attention.  I think that I might do this!  

      As a child, I spent two years in a third world contry and was astounded when I came back how wasteful we are with food. We are so blessed and do not realize it on. I think that we all can make a difference in alleviating world hunger, even if it is on a small scale. Everytime I am at the grocery store, I pick up something for the food bank. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just look for sale or coupon items. I also have my niece and nephew pick out something as well.

      I will pass this information on to people I know would be interested.

      On a separate note. For anyone who loves pets, most shelters are accepting food to give to people who are down on their luck and are trying to keep their animals and not surrender them to a shelter. I would be heart broken if I could not feed my family or pets.I just watched a piece on the news for a call on donations. SOmetime we forget that pets are affected by the financial crisis as well.

      The key in dealing with hunger is to know that we all can do something.  

      Thank you Vicki for sharing this info! Good luck on your challenge.

      Mary



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