Happy Welfare Wednesday – the end of living on 3$ a day for 7 days is in sight! I enter into day 6 of the welfare challenge feeling pretty optimistic. I just restocked on groceries and still have $3 to spare! I have a lot of tofu left and a couple of eggs for protein. I’m currently making some squash soup and applesauce, I’m pretty sick of eating apples. So don’t worry mom and dad and all other concerned parties, I’m not starving. The turning point was day 3. I no longer… Read More
I know a lot of the emotional swings I am having is due to my diabetes. Normally I manage it with diet and exercise but the limitations on diet, and the lack of energy and will to exercise are exacerbating the problems. I have to travel today and all the money I have not spent will hopefully help me be able to survive a road trip. My go to food is a single bun from the bakery (27c) and a banana (31c). We ate “banana sandwiches” when I was a little girl,… Read More
Well today was one of my worst days yet as far energy level and mental capacity goes. It was probably my least productive days for work as I just didn’t want to even think about thinking. Seriously I feel really dumb and wonder how well I will articulate anything. With this in mind, let’s consider that employable people living on income/social assistance should be trying to get a job, this is roughly 40% of recipients. I am not to sure that I could have convinced anyone to hire me today. Just so… Read More
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 I wanted something savory for breakfast, so I ate a cup of the broccoli soup with 1/4 cup of steamed rice. Then I made an instant coffee like yesterday. Throughout the morning I felt dizzy and lightheaded. I ate a quarter of a bagel with 1 tablespoon of cream cheese, then half of a pluot. To fight off the constant feeling of fatigue, I ate 2 fried (without oil) eggs, and rice with a bit of soy sauce and sesame oil. I felt better soon, but in a… Read More
October 21st, 2014 What a hectic day this was as well as learning some interesting public feedback about this welfare food challenge. Sorry, rush post today as I am blogging and cooking at the same time. Video below for my day’s recap. Today was interesting as work wise I agreed to do so many things which kept me busy all day. For one of the work I did, as mentioned yesterday meals were provided to people and this is what my friend got just as an example of the food I could… Read More
Day 6 was a challenge because it was a busy day, and I was so hungry by the time I got home; it was hard to wait 45 minutes to make my lentils while my tummy grumbled. The challenge with a small budget and minimal time is that it’s easier and certainly cheaper to eat Kraft Dinner instead of brown rice and lentils. It seems unfair for those on social assistance to not be able eat a healthy diet, and survive on ramen noodles, especially when they already have enough challenges. My… Read More
Food: oatmeal, PB sandwich, apple, Banana, popcorn, eggs and a bit of broccoli (what was left) Mood: tired (I have a toddler who was up multiple times in the night), cranky, disinterested in my boring food, and my body feels like crap. I miss fiber (tmi?) Glad it is all over tomorrow! Night!
Wow, was today ever a great day for awareness – this project was published in 3 different newspapers! I AM SO HAPPY! The 24 hour newspaper: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2014/10/20/welfare-rates-a-strain-on-kids-student The Georgia Straight: http://www.straight.com/news/753491/samantha-truong-what-i-learned-taking-welfare-food-challenge. and The Talon UBC: http://thetalon.ca/raisetherates-bcs-3rd-annual-welfare-challenge/ I will also have a 30 minute show with the CiTR 101.9FM @4pm on Thursday October 23! Tune in!