Friday, 27 April 2012

Day 5 - Live Below The Line

Well, folks. We've reached the end of this challenge. It's been fascinating. Hard. Thought provoking. Most of all, deeply humbling. Thank you all for reading, for your encouraging comments and messages, and for sponsoring me on this week. Thank you UNICEF for asking me to be participate and blog about the Live Below The Line initiative. I've learned a lot and I'm proud to have been part of it.

For my final Live Below The Line meal I made a (relative) feast with the remains of my shopping (see below) It was actually quite delicious. I now feel pretty nourished, probably because I have had at least 3 of my five a day for the first time this week. 

Tomorrow I can eat anything I want. 

I wish I could say I was looking forward to that. But I'm not really. Well, I mean, of course I am (oh, my good god I want a bacon sandwich so bad) but a part of me is feeling bad about no longer sticking to the plan. It's only been five days but I've started to acclimatise. I believe my stomach has shrunk, and I noticed this morning that my palate is shocked by how sweet my morning orange is - I guess because of the total lack of sugar in my diet. And there is something satisfying about the rigor of sticking to these rules. But. Tomorrow the challenge is over and I can proudly say that I managed to stick to the rules at most of the time. 

Now. Knowing that I have an annoyingly busy weekend ahead of me, long shifts and hectic days, I am going to get an early night. I plan to do one more post - a round up of my experience this week - before returning to our regular programming. Until then...

This is what I ate today:

Breakfast: My old favourite, plain porridge, an orange, hot water with lemon.

Lunch: None (busy busy, naughty Effie) just a cup of illegal coffee made for me by a friend.

Dinner: Rice combined with the leftover chickpeas from wednesday and a stock cube dissolved in 1/4 cup of water, sauteed cabbage with garlic and chilli flakes, broccoli and carrots with lemon zest.

Looks pretty tasty right?



  1. It looks very tasty.

    Well done on living through the week, it's been lovely following your menu plans and naughty confessions.

    My turn soon, let's hope I remember your tasty looking meals and do something similar.

    Sue xx

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