Thursday, February 26, 2009
I expect there will be several rounds of further clarification as this project moves through the next two weeks.
I am not suggesting that eating for a dollar a day is a viable lifestyle, or that anyone can do it, or that everyone should try it. (Though trying to eat for much less than you usually do is definitely a worthwhile exercise.)
My primary purpose was to see if I could meet the challenge issued by the One Dollar Diet Project people—“I challenge anyone in America to eat fresh food for a dollar a day.”
I set up the project in the hardest way I could think of—starting with no food and only a dollar each day to work with (with anything I didn’t spend on prior days carrying over)—because:
(a) it was interesting to me because I wasn’t sure if I could do it (when I first thought of the idea it seemed impossible)
(b) it allowed me to do the project without having to calculate unit costs of food items
(c) it allowed me to adjust as I go, seeing how I feel and what I feel like I need, instead of having to plan everything up front and eating the same limited selection of food days after day.
In addition to wanting to see if I could meet the challenge, I also wanted to demonstrate an approach to cooking and eating that I’ve used for the past 10+ years that allows me to eat well for much less than most people think possible.
This project is basically an extreme version of what I do normally— cooking from scratch, eating mostly whole foods, buying just what I need for the next few days instead of shopping in bulk, and working with what I’ve got in my pantry and freezer instead of always having to get everything for every single meal.
So that’s the main point of the project.
Thanks for asking.