Tuesday, February 10, 2009
- I start on Day One with no food.
- On Day One, I can spend up to $2. Each day thereafter, I can spend up to $1.15, but I can’t spend more than a total of $30 in 30 days. (I was going to do a straight dollar a day, like the Price is Right, as close as you can without going over, but I’m concerned about the vagaries of scales and such and don’t want to have to disqualify myself for being over by a few cents. Decided a little breathing room would be okay. And since I’m making up this project, I get to set up the rules however I want. So there.)
- I will eat only food purchased during the duration of the project—no food from my freezer or pantry (including spices and oils), no foraged food, no food given to me by friends (or strangers for that matter). AND I WILL NOT STEAL CONDIMENTS FROM FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS. Because stealing is wrong. And even if it weren’t, that would be cheating.
- I will not eat lentils, because I loathe them.
- I will attempt to continue my normal life of exercise and work. Typically I eat two meals a day, so I will probably stick with that, unless some other approach seems like it will work better.
- I will not concern myself at all with the actual unit cost of anything, how many meals I eat, or how “balanced” or “unbalanced” the meals are. I will not concern myself at all with the Food Pyramid or USDA dietary guidelines, because I have philosopical problems with those and think it would be silly to make myself adhere to things for the sake of this project that I ignore in my regularly scheduled life.
- The project applies only to food. I am not attempting to live on a dollar a day, just eat for a dollar day. I don’t have to stop heating my house, or washing my clothes, or taking meds.
- I will go for the full 30 days unless I am not able to get enough calories or if I feel physically ill or if I become so much more cranky and ill-tempered than usual that I am unbearable. (Not sure who gets to be the judge of that, presumably someone will send out a memo.)
My initial thought was that I should have to eat 1,200 calories a day, but I’m not positive I can do that. Also I’m hoping to drop some weight, so I think that should be fine either way.
My goal is to eat as well as I can under the circumstances. My ultimate goal is to eat well. If I have 30 days of bad food—even if I have enough to eat while staying under the spending limit—I will consider it a failure. (That being said, I’m definitely expecting a few rough days in the beginning. But hope to see the light at the end of the tunnel soon.)