While the food was fairly bland and I got tired of eating much the same thing every day, I had sufficient to eat. My $11.25 for 5 days bought me:
- A dozen eggs
- A loaf of bread
- A tin of baked beans
- A small bag of rice
- 5 apples
- Some vegetables (some from our garden, but I factored in an approximate cost)
It struck me that my budget didn't allow for "luxuries" such as tea, coffee, milk, sugar, or meat. I did get tired of only drinking water.
Early on in the week I had some mild headaches (probably caffeine withdrawal), but overall I felt quite well. I played four games of squash that week and had sufficient energy from all those good carbohydrates, although I lost about a kilogram in weight.
One family who took part told me that the parents had eaten less so their teenagers could eat more. I wonder how often parents go without food so their children can eat - even in New Zealand.
The experience challenged me to simplify my lifestyle, so I have more resources to give to those in need.