Days Three, Four and Five and Yes I’m Still Alive!

I haven’t managed to keep up-to-date with my LBLUK blogging because I have been so so busy…sleeping. I have honestly never felt so tired in all my days! The surprising thing is my hunger pains have diminished and it has become much much easier to eat smaller, less appetizing meals. So much so in fact that now I no longer crave my usual treats. I think my stomach has shrunk. Which makes me dread the fact that tomorrow when I dive into normalness again, I might not actually be able to consume as much as I had hoped. Prevention.

So even though now, as I write this, I have just finished my last official LBLUK meal, I feel no weight lifted off my shoulders, no sigh of relief – to be honest I am surprised at how little I feel. I can’t believe that I am typing this but I think I might actually have managed to adapt. Shock! My father told me how proud he felt today – “because it was a difficult task to put your body through” but I feel undeserving of his pride. After all millions of people live on lite

rally £1 a day or less, and that’s not for just food & water, that is all they have. I had the choice to live on a £1 a day for a week, many people have no other choice. I am content with what I have achieved but there is absolutely no glory in my accomplishments. In fact I would say it’s shocking that some would say “oh I couldn’t do that!” because in this country everyone can.

I urge you all to try it – set yourself the task, if you feel that it is beyond you (which it’s not) then all the more reason you should have to give it a bash. Choose any week, choose any charity, set up your own sponsor sheet and stay committed. Whinge about it, tell us all how hard it is for you (which I have obviously done!) after all for many, including me, it is a complete lifestyle change.

So enough of this hard-hitting seriousness, let me tell you what I ate for days three, four and finally five. Day Three’s breakfast was something of a giggle to create – Chapati (100g flour & water fried) which managed somehow to smoke out my entire downstairs house without me noticing (whoops) Mum says I used the “dodgy” pan. I have this with 2 tablespoons of jam and it went down pretty well I must say. Lunchtime was a Vegetable Rice dish – packet golden rice, onion, mushroom and carrot with vegetable stock cube to add some taste. *Dish of the week ladies and gentlemen* ^^^^^ Tea time saw me attempt a bean burger and chips, the chips were divine but there were no burgers just crumbly-burnt-kidney-bean-bits. >>>


Day 4 – brekkie = classic porridge with jam, lunch = more vegetable rice, dinner = chilli sin carni, again, but this time everything was cooked well.s, the chips were divine I will say but the burgers were not burgers more crumby-burnt-kidney-bean-bits.

AND FINALLY today – brekkie = Chapti (managed not to burn the house down this time) lunch =potato salad, which was so yuck that most of it went in the bin – even on £1 a day I still manage to waste food, grandma would be displeased, dinner = bean burger and chips, which actually worked!!!!

I’ll let you know how I feel once I am able to consume my usual crap tomorrow. Toodles!

Day 2 and I’m Feeling Sleepy

It is quite remarkable to feel the effects of not-eating slowly draining out your body. I have random bouts of total exhaustion and hunger sickness, and when I think about what I have eaten during the day it doesn’t seem like I should feel undernourished.

Every day I make sure I eat breakfast/lunch/dinner, with a small treat  if I have money left over. I’m not being silly about the process and starving myself, I make sure I eat things that will keep me going, like porridge and kidney beans etc. But because I’m not filling myself up and my body lacks sugar, my movements feel heavy, I feel slow and frankly really moody. I’ve come to realize that food not only effects your physical well-being it can also change your mentality.

I have always had quite a complicated relationship with food. I have gone through various stages in my life where food has played various roles, acted as comfort, just eaten when bored or sometimes my indulgence in fatty foods like cheese left me feeling very guilty. I was brought up with a very healthy diet, home-cooked meals every dinner-time, soup lunches at the weekend and we rarely had sweets or fizzy juice in the house. I learnt to appreciate food and its natural taste without all the additives that many children are used to. I don’t like to put extra salt on my meals – I don’t know why but I see it as an insult, not only to the cook but to the food as well.

When I had my body brace I found large portions a challenge, and eating became more difficult for me as my body was restricted by how much it could take in. More recently my diet has gotten slightly worse, it is by no means bad, but I tend to indulge more in takeaways, treats and quick fixes. This leaves me feeling the hunger guilt – for example after a long day I would try and enjoy a big bag of crisps with red pepper humus, and then immediately after demolishing the whole bag I would feel terrible.

I think it is this snack-when-I-want mentality that has made my body react the way it has. My body wants more and expects me to eat something quickly to fill a hole, but I am unable to so my body has went on strike. I know things will probably get much easier as the week goes on so I am optimistic that this experience will enlighten me not only in terms of my own necessities. But the much worse circumstances that millions of people across the world live in every day of their life.

On Tuesday I ate porridge and jam for my breakfast again, veg & potato salad for lunch (only without the tomato and the peas because they were truly awful – so really all I had was carrot, sweetcorn and potato 20p) and for my dinner I had chilli sin carni (47p).  My dinner was fairly enjoyable, it was a concoction of  rice, kidney beans, red plum tomatoes, chickpeas, sweetcorn and onions. I under cooked the kidney beans and managed to overcook the rice so it wasn’t amazing but it was stomachable. Because I had taken out some veg from my lunch meal I had 24p left on my budget – so as I was working all day and needed the sugar boost on my break I purchased a chocolate bar for 23p. I still feel like this was cheeky, but it was within my budget and I felt like it was necessary so heigh ho!

 

Here’s a picture of what I face for breakfast – doesn’t it look yummy! Oh and there are my toes!  x

If you are wanting to donate to this worthwhile cause here is my link: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/jooleea1
Peace x

Living Below The Line for a Week!

I haven’t been a BzzAgent for very long – but their latest campaign has really got me tingling! It’s all in aid of charity, which is obviously great, but it also asks people to challenge themselves and experience a week of  severe poverty. The World Bank states that anyone living on $1.25 or less are living in severe poverty. This amount is our challenge. Although I am left wondering what the hell I will eat, and my friends will think it’s doubtful that this foodie could achieve such a task – I honestly love a challenge and cannot wait to get started.

The Live Below The Line campaign challenges individuals to eat and drink on only £1 per day for 5 consecutive days. Approximately 1.4 billion people live on a £1 a day or less so by joining them in their struggle, whilst raising money for your chosen charity, you can experience the difficulties that they face every single day. This campaign which will run from May 7th-11th is a great way of fundraising, but it also raises awareness too.

My birthday is actually on May 7th so my first day will definitely be my most difficult. No birthday cake, no sweets, no crisps and dip. Ah well, I know it will be 100% worth it. I’ll be documenting my days on my blog, detailing the various meals (or unmeals) I am eating and I’d appreciate all the support I can get.

If you decide to take part, see if your family/friends will join in too, after all it is so much easier if you pull your money together and share meals. For those of you interested in taking part, which I strongly suggest you do, here is the link: https://www.livebelowtheline.com/uk There are a range of different charities that you can choose to support and the website gives you lots of help and advice, including recipes etc.

My chosen charity is UNICEF and I am hoping to raise over £150 – here is the link for those of you kind enough to donate – https://www.livebelowtheline.com/me/jooleea1

Scottish Dining At It’s Best: The Howgate

The Howgate Restaurant and Bistro is situated 10 miles from the centre of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1 mile from Penicuik, at the Leadburn side of the picturesque village of Howgate. Please click here to enter the site.

Before eating here I would never have believed that Midlothian had anything good to offer in terms of fine dining. The Howgate Restaurant & Bistro is located just off the A70 to Penicuik and it came as quite a delight to find out that a restaurant so classy was so close-to-home. My boyfriend and I wanted to celebrate our third year together with good food and a relaxing evening atmosphere to enjoy each others company. The Howgate definitely offered us that.

The Howgate Restaurant and Bistro is situated 10 miles from the centre of Edinburgh (Scotland), 1 mile from Penicuik, at the Leadburn side of the picturesque village of Howgate.

The restaurant itself is very cosy, what with its low ceilings and candlelit rooms, and the decoration is very classic, with leather chairs and dark walls in the lobby and dining area. The building has been converted from stabling for race-horses into this warm restaurant so the feel of the place is very traditional and rural, but don’t worry there is not a sniff of manure in the air. The smells are very enticing, and even as a vegetarian I found the smell of the cooked beef sublime. 

The menu offers a variety of food, from traditional dishes to more modern ideas, and there is definitely something for everyone. Upon entering the restaurant we were greeted with friendly staff, who were not too intrusive or pally, but remained professional throughout our visit. We were given a main menu, and also a “Dishes of the Moment” menu, which had all the restaurant’s specialities and more popular dishes listed, giving a fussy person even more options. The Howgate Restaurant

The Howgate Bistro

There are two areas to the Howgate, the bar area, where we were seated, and the restaurant. Both offer a secluded personal feel, and although the restaurant seems to be more grand the bar is actually just as comfortable. I managed to fill myself with three courses and I literally fell straight asleep once I had returned home – full to the brim. Each course was divine, and the flavours of each dish were extremely pleasing.

For a starter I had grilled goat’s cheese crouton on a salad bed with cherry tomatoes. The creamy taste of the goat’s cheese contrasted with the crunch of the crouton made for a delicate but flavoursome course, and the salad had a lovely dressing, which complemented the cheese very well. For someone who is not a fan of pungent cheese I took a risk with this dish and it definitely paid off as it was truly delicious.

My main was a pan-fried duo of king prawn and sea-bass with asparagus, baby potatoes and a bed of rocket with saffron sauce. The prawns and fish were extremely well cooked and the sauce added a slight sweetness to the dish which was unexpected but very well received. The asparagus was slightly crunchy, and I prefer mine a little more done, but the rocket was pleasant and again worked nicely with the sauce.

Lastly, my desert, which was out of this world, it truly was special. I have never been a big sweet-tooth, but Howgate’s Nutella and white chocolate cheesecake with Luca’s Nutella ice cream was to die for. The consistency of the cake was perfect, with the stickiness being just right, and the flavour of the Nutella and white chocolate hitting your taste buds at different times. The crunch of the base was surreal, with the texture feeling almost like popping candy, but without the crackling. The ice-cream settled my tummy after the thickness of the cheesecake, leaving me with a huge smile on my face.

With the meal coming to just over £50 it is not a overly expensive night out, and one I am sure to repeat, so that I can try all the other tasty treats they have to offer. Very happy. Thanks a bunch. 

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