Live Below the Line Challenge. The End.

So, I managed to get through the whole week and as tough as it was, I didn’t give up! The second half of my Live Below the Line Challenge was quite a mission –  I wasn’t based in one place and I forgot quite a few of my ingredients when I stayed over at my Nan’s house on Thursday night. This meant I had to use her only remaining stock cube (that went off in 2011) and I was minus the god awful sausages that I didn’t want anyway, but needed to eat to fill me up. We were driving during meal times so it meant I was eating pretty late and therefore ended up cooking a bowl of rice for dinner one night because I was just too tired to prepare anything else. I like rice, but not that much!

On Thursday and Friday, I was suffering with a pretty heavy headache that just wouldn’t go away and I had extremely low energy levels. I was sick of my meal planning and really disliked everything I ate, so consequently gave up trying and ended up consuming only half of my recommended calorie intake. Not good! I consumed plenty of water and I’m certain my headache was due to the lack of nutrients in my diet. I pretty much gave up and just ate to give myself the energy to move – Not at all what I was meant to be doing, but I did keep under budget at least… I think If I’d had a couple of pounds more, then it would have been a much easier week!

The Live Below the Line Challenge has made me think a lot more about how much food I waste in general and how I really need to plan my shopping a bit more so I’m throwing away less.  It made me think a lot about how boring and bland food is without the luxury of herbs and spices, and most of all it made me think about those people that have such low budgets to live on. Food plays a very important part in my life and I really love it, but to so many people it is a great luxury. I took up this challenge to raise awareness for them and I hope it has helped in some small way.

Here’s what I ate over day three, four and five..

Day three:
Breakfast: Banana
Lunch: Carrot, cumin and kidney bean soup
Dinner: Rice, 2 x sausages, roasted carrot

Rice, sausages & carrot

Total Cost: 59p

Day four:
Breakfast: 1Egg and ½ tin beans.
Lunch: Rice and kidney beans burgers – These were not nice!
Dinner: Bowl of rice!

Total Cost: 65p

Live Below the Line Challange. The End.
Day Five
Lunch: Kidney bean, rice, onion, cumin and carrot soup.
Dinner: Egg fried rice with kidney beans

Total cost: 46p


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Read about the first few days of my challenge HERE.


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I thought I was being clever by buying a pack of twelve ASDA sausages, but after eating three of the blighters for my Live Below the Line Challenge last night, I’d be more than happy never to see another sausage again! The sausages were 84p, and I thought that would be a great choice to keep me full throughout the week, which they actually do, but the texture isn’t great and consequently are pretty difficult to eat. They actually worked really well in my omelette on day one, but as stand alone sausages… Epic Fail!

After day one, I thought living on £1 a day for food and drink was going to be a breeze. I think my meal choices worked pretty well, and didn’t actually feel any hunger pains or urges to snack. I then realised last night that I actually went over budget by 10p, which was totally down to my bad mathematics and a miscalculation of the price of eggs. I’ll have to make up for it during the week and cut out 10p somewhere else, but that truly annoyed me as I could have done without the extra egg, I’m sure.

Day two however was a little harder. That is why I went all out and added another sausage to my budget. BIG mistake! Too much fat and sodium in them there sausages and I didn’t feel great afterwards. Today is day three and I’m meant to be having another two for dinner… I don’t think I can bring myself to eat them. Let’s see. So far today I’ve just had a banana – I’ m meant to be making a carrot and kidney bean soup for lunch, but I’m not feeling it. I won’t give in, but I may be eating less than I imagined!

Here’s what I have eaten so far and a few charts to show my nutrition intake for my height and weight…

Day one:
Breakfast: Banana
Lunch:  Onion fried rice, roasted carrots & sweetcorn
Dinner: 2 Sausage 2 egg omelette without all the good stuff  + apple
Drinks: Water, water, water.

Total: £1.10p – 10p over budget FAIL!

Soggy Rice

Sausage Omelette

Monday Chart



Live Below the Line Challange Update



Day two:
Lunch: Rice noodle soup with carrots, onion and tinned sweetcorn
Snack:  Apple
Dinner: 1 Egg, beans 1/2 tin, Sausage x 3
Drinks: Water



Tuesday Chart


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EDIT: (May 2) Remember I’m trying to do this wheat and potato free – There is a small amount of wheat in the sausages, but not anything like the loaf of bread I’d like to scoff right now!

Live Below the Line Shopping List

My Live Below the Line Challenge starts today, so I thought I’d start off the week by sharing my food purchases with you. I had to be pretty careful with my shop because I’m still recovering from my tooth implant and I need to make sure I get enough goodness to help with my recovery. My dentist said that I shouldn’t really be doing it so soon, but I guess not everyone has that option when they are living below the line – I’ll see how I get on anyway.

I did most of my shopping in ASDA and didn’t bother with breakfast cereal and milk because I generally don’t like to open my eyes in the morning, let alone eat! I do have a few breakfasts planned during the week which is where the fruit, eggs and sausages will come in handy.  Meat is very much a luxury item, but as they were 84p and there were 12 of them, I thought the sausages would be a good option as they always fill me up. I checked the back of the packet and the ASDA sausages have the same amount of pork as the Richmond sausages we usually eat so that made me feel a little better.

I chose to spend more on my eggs so I could purchase free range – Another luxury, but I couldn’t bring myself to eat barn eggs. It would be pretty easy for me to do this week on a loaf of bread, potatoes, beans and eggs, but, alas I’m not allowed the wheat and potatoes, and that would obviously make my life too easy!
I’ll give you an update midweek and let you know what I’ve done with all of the ingredients. Of course,  Alex is highly excited that he gets to chose what he eats for the whole week without me, and he probably has many luxury meals planned!

Wish me luck…

Live Below The Line Shopping List

Tinned sweetcorn – 32p
Baked beans – 25p
6 free range eggs – £1
2 bananas – 21p
Long grain rice – 40p
12 Sausages – 84p
2 Onions – 21p
2 Apples – 34p
Carrots 2kg – 92p I’ll be sharing with Alex and using  – 37p worth
2 tins kidney beans – 42p
Stock cubes (not in pic) – 15p
rice noodles – 31p

= £4.85 – Leaving 18p for salt, herbs and a clove of garlic from the stock cupboard.

TOTAL: £5 for 5 days.

If you’d like to sponsor me, or to read more about Live Below the Line, then head to my page HERE. Every penny counts and if you yourself are living on low funds then I’d be more than happy with just a couple of words of support to get me through!

Live Below the Line Challenge

I have just spent a ridiculously long time trying to plan five days worth of meals for £5 – It wasn’t easy folks! I’ve signed up to take part in the Live Below the Line Challenge on April 29th, and I think I may have finally succeeded in bringing together a reasonable menu from which I’ll be living on £1 a day for food and drink. Food AND drink people, food and drink! I love food (and I especially love drink), and I have to say £5 really doesn’t get you much of what you fancy!

Live Below The Line is a fundraising campaign that’s fighting against extreme poverty so by taking part in this challenge I hope to raise awareness as well as funds to support those in need. There are over 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty worldwide, and I’m more than willing to give five days of my time (and money I save on shopping) to support the cause. Will I grumble and moan? Yes, probably… BUT it will all be worth it in the end!

The problem I had creating my menu was that I really shouldn’t be eating wheat or potato products due to my allergies. You all know I dabble a bit, but me being me, thought I’d try and do this without either. I’m also doing it alone which means there’s no buying bulk or sharing the costs on any products. I must say I’m pretty pleased with the results; however, I haven’t tasted the dishes yet so you’ll just have to stick with me to see what the outcome is.

If you’d like to sponsor me, or to read more about Live Below the Line, then head to my page HERE. Every penny counts and if you yourself are living on low funds then I’d be more than happy with just a couple of words of support to get me through!

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