Welfare Food Challenge Day 5

Today when I saw the sun I really wanted to get outside and do something. Normally I’m a pretty active person, so I would go for a hike, a run, a bike ride… Something that would let me enjoy the sun after the past few rainy and windy days. But I just didn’t have the energy to do those activities today. So I went for a walk, a good alternative low impact activity to get outside but not burn too many calories. It was a great walk, the sky was blue and it was warm out. I was so tired afterward though. I just wanted to sit down on my couch.

I try to bike to work at least once a week – it’s about a 45-60 min ride each way so not to be taken lightly. There was NO way that was happening this week. If I can’t even go for a walk for an hour without getting exhausted, how could I bike commute at a fast pace

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Beautiful day for a beach walk

On the food side today…

I made a mistake I’ve been hoping to avoid this week – I prepped a big batch of food for today and tomorrow, and one of my dishes didn’t turn out, it tasted a bit weird. But I have to eat it; aside from always not liking to waste food I don’t have veggies to spare. These foods take so long to prepare it’s sad when it goes wrong!

My breakfast however, was spot on this morning, very delicious. But a half carton only has six eggs in it, and the challenge is seven days. Looks like I’ll have to be more creative with breakfast Saturday if I don’t want to eat the same meal three times.

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Fried egg on a pile of leftover rice, bean and veggie mix

For more information on Raise the Rates and the Welfare Food Challenge, and to find out what you can do to help, please visit http://www.welfarefoodchallenge.org

 

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3 thoughts on “Welfare Food Challenge Day 5

  1. I think you came up with some creative things, and I agree it isn’t much . A couple of thoughts. ..bulk purchases made with a group of people prepped and shared out. Also with just the 18 it is harder tha n for 36 ie a carton of 12 eggs is not twice the cost of two 6 small packs. Further a large flat of eggs has 30 and would be the best value. This is all great for awareness but how about a book or food plan comunity kitchen for those on this tight budget. Seems a more realistic immediate fx than hoping the government will add more money. Even if they go above pre cut levels say 24 a week needs to be a way to help folks make whatever amount work. Budget cooking class or? Anyway more .one and resources would be great

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  2. I think you came up with some creative things, and I agree it isn’t much . A couple of thoughts. ..bulk purchases made with a group of people prepped and shared out. Also with just the 18 it is harder than for 36 (2 people or 2 weeks) ie a carton of 12 eggs is not twice the cost of two 6 small packs. Further a large flat of eggs has 30 and would be the best value. This is all great for awareness but how about a book or food plan comunity kitchen for those on this tight budget. Seems a more realistic immediate fx than hoping the government will add more money. Even if they go above pre cut levels say 24 a week there needs to be a way to help folks make whatever amount work. Budget cooking class or? Anyway more money and resources would be great

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    1. These are great thoughts on how to save while purchasing food on a tight budget. This challenge was just one week long, but certainly when purchasing for a longer term buying in bulk would be a cheaper option – as long as the purchaser has a refrigerator to store perishable items.

      As you said, educational resources are very helpful. Some examples currently offered in the South Van Food Network (and other neighbourhood houses and community centres) are mobile markets selling fresh produce at reduced prices, food hubs for discounted items, community kitchens and various food skills workshops.
      http://www.southvan.org/
      http://vancouverfoodnetworks.com/

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