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Chapter 2  A Challenge I’ve Set Myself

Marc R.J. Brevoort, Reading: 28 February 2012

Dear Toby,
I’ve embarked on a little project this March—it’s a challenge I’ve set myself, which is to see if it’s possible to feed myself on just one pound per day for the whole month.

There’s a lot more to it than just saving money (which currently actually isn’t much of an issue for me). Some bad food and drink habits are simply not affordable at one pound per day, so I’ll have to drop those habits.

Driving to the other side of town to save a few pennies is obviously cheating. As such, as part of the challenge, I’ll have to be walking quite a bit more. I might allow myself to gain some “non-cheating” miles by car pooling with a colleague who lives nearby.

To eat for just one pound per day, I’ll obviously need to be more concious than usual about waste and about nutrition. I’ll need to make a concious effort to eat well, and will need to be cooking from scratch a lot.

In short, I’ll be doing a lot of things that seemed to be the norm just a few generations ago.

As I go along, I’ll be keeping a diary and try to show how I made that one pound per day stretch far enough to feed me. Hopefully that diary will end up containing knowledge useful to others, and inspire them to give a bit more thought to what they spend—not just because of the money, but because of the bigger picture.


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