Sorry I haven't posted in a lonnng time, I'm sure all 5 of my viewers have been on pins and needles, biting at the grit, not able to contain themselves waiting for my next post! I apologize and am here to relieve the anxiety. The world of a dietetic student is rather busy at times and sometimes I get really caught up in exams, volunteering, cooking, crying, starving, you know, the ussh, use? Idk how to spell the first half of usual and make it have that cool shh soun.... Okay any way back on topic. We are currently doing a project in my class called SNAP Challenge and we get $21 for the whole week for food. We cannot take free food from anyone and we can't go over our budget. It has been a horrifying week, I'm starving, cold, sad, uphill both ways in the snow, and it's only Tuesday (It's been less than 48 hours). Have you ever thought about what you can buy today with a mere $21? Me either because the answer is precisely a carton of eggs and 3 sweet potatoes! Okay, I bought a little more, but not much! The idea of the SNAP Challenge is to see the actually struggle that people that are on food stamps go through and how hard it is to really eat on the $21 budget. It's about $3 a day and doesn't leave any wiggle room for Starbucks (the S word currently brings a tear to my eyes) I mean unless you can survive on only one coffee a day as your source of nutrients (a grande at that)and trust me, that option has crossed my mind, but that would not be a very future dietetic-like decision now would it. Anyway I would love to see more people try this challenge and see who can come up with the best plan/budget/ideas possible! It will be wayy more fun if we all starve together right?
If you're a good sport and like to try new things here are the guidelines:
I encourage you to comment and post pics of what you buy/eat and how you feel
1. Each person should spend a set amount for food and beverages during the Challenge (7 days). That amount is $21.00 for all food and beverages.This includes $3.00/day on average.
The SNAP incentive program allocates $0.30 cents for every dollar spent on fruits and vegetables up to a total of $60 per month on a $200 a month budget. Therefore, for every dollar you spend on fresh fruits and vegetables, you can add $0.30 back into your budget.
2. All food purchased and eaten during the Challenge week, including fast food and dining out, must be included in the total spending.
3. During the Challenge, only eat food that you purchase for the project. Do not eat food that you already own (this does not include spices and condiments).
4. Do not accept free food from friends, family, or at work, including at parties, programs or events. If you take free food, add that to your calculations.
5. Keep track of receipts on food spending and take note of your experiences throughout the week. Need to provide receipts.
6. Invite others to join you!
If you do this with me I will love you forever, don't make me do it alone! Good luck friends! :)