Chantelle Sutton, Day 7

Breaky: oatmeal Lunch: I forgot my lunch on the counter at home. I almost cried/gave up. Thank god my friend at work had ramen noodles to give me (we still had one package from our budget that we had not eaten) Dinner: the plan was beans on toast (see pic below). I was NOT looking forward to this dinner. Alan liked it but bla! So I gave Alan my portion and I had my lunch of PB and banana sandwich and an apple.

Chantelle Sutton, Day 6

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!

Chantelle Sutton, Day 5

Oatmeal for breaky, PB sandwich and an apple for lunch (I forgot my banana at home, I was so upset), KD and the rest of our broccoli for dinner. I’m getting used to not eating much but I think the lack of nutritious food is getting to me. My energy is low and to be honest, I’m cranky. I’m ready for this to be over. The sad part is, for so many this is there life. It doesn’t end in a week.

Chantelle Sutton, Day 3

Today was hard. We re-evaluated our food options and realized we wouldn’t make it to Wed dinner. Another trip to Walmart (I didn’t buy everything up front because I figured I would have to change some things). To make matters worse….I did my math wrong below (I think I forgot to add the coffee in) so I was actually over by $2.37! We took out the veggie burgers (luxury item!), dropped the milk to 1L, switched out a can of soup for 4 packs of Ramen noodles (those are super cheap!), added… Read More

Chantelle Sutton, Day 2

On my way into my office this morning I see this: a woman packing up her bedding after spending the night in a covered back door of a business. I know her. She is the girlfriend of one of my clients. I said hi and she happily gave my dog some love. And it got me thinking, with her $21 a week she can’t buy instant oatmeal or Kraft dinner because where is she going to cook it? I highly doubt she had a camping stove and propane tucked into her grocery… Read More

Chantelle Sutton

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I am a criminal defence lawyer in Victoria and many of my clients are on welfare. I am taking this challenge to, at least in part, experience a week like they might. My husband is also doing the challenge with me.

Chantelle Sutton, Day 1

Day 1! World Food Day It feels weird to start anything on a Thursday. Mondays are the day to begin new diets/exercise plans/goals. But it does make sense to begin this journey on World Food Day. So I spent a good portion of last night, lying in bed, trying to revamp my food choices to add more food and more veggies. I realized the Veggie Burgers have to go and maybe I can find a cheaper the bag of apples. If you know me well, you know that I don’t cook. I… Read More

Chantelle Sutton, Prep for the Challenge

First step for me is making a meal plan for the week of foods I think are cheap. Meals: Breakfast: oatmeal Lunch: peanut butter and banana sandwich Snack: apple, popcorn Dinner options: KD, tomato soup, eggs, veg burgers, broccoli Next step is pricing out my items. I went to Walmart this weekend to get an idea of what is the cheapest price I could get for my items. Shopping list: Bananas-6 weigh 2.5 lbs @ $.77/lb=$1.93 Apples- 1 bag is $4.47 Broccoli- $1.09/ lb, 2lbs =$2.18 Eggs- 12 for $2.67 Skimmed milk-… Read More