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The Friday feeling



The sun is shining, it’s Friday and I’m feeling good because it’s the last day of the Below the Line challenge!

I’m running quite low on provisions now, with only one pot of noodles, a cup a soup, an apple and some pasta and sauce left to fill me for the rest of the day. Actually, that sounds like quite a lot when you spell it out, but believe me, it isn’t.

So what have I learnt from this experience, I hear you ask?

Something I’ve found surprising is how much I change my mind about the foods I want to eat depending on the weather outside. As we’ve been graced with the presence of the sun this week, I instantly regretted buying lots of hot options and would have usually done a mid-week dash to buy salads, ice lollies and fruity drinks. This realisation has made me question how much food I’m wasting on a week by week basis – and let me tell you, it’s quite shocking. From now on I’m definitely going to forward plan my meals better and stick to what I already have in my fridge instead of buying more impulse products.

Another thing I have realised is how difficult it is to work a full time job on so little fuel to get you through the day. Our bodies need energy and certain nutrients to replenish, but with the absence of this you’re left feeling tired, ill – and let’s admit it – moody. I definitely have a huge amount of respect for people living below the poverty line who have to persevere through the working week without a sufficient amount of food to sustain proper levels of concentration. I’ve found it really difficult and look forward to getting a bit of variety back next week!

Thank you for following our Below the Line journey and thank you to my fellow Refreshers and the First Ark team for all their encouragement.

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Far from wild in the aisles...



Although I've made it to day three of the Below the Line challenge (with some serious caffeine withdrawals), I think to fully appreciate the impact of this challenge you need to start at the beginning...

 

I'm not your average supermarket shopper, as I quite enjoy pottering from aisle to aisle each week and don't find it the chore that many people do. However, I underestimated how much extra time I would need to stop on each aisle and work out the cost of each item I was popping into my trolley. I also felt, dare I say it, quite silly stood there totting everything up whilst people around me carelessly threw their favourite branded chocolate and wine into their baskets. I'd never taken much notice of the 'value' range before, yet on this particular trip I found myself actively seeking it out. Not only is the budget restraint harsh, you also have to overlook all the other tasty, higher priced options on offer. I found that quite demoralising and frustrating if I'm honest.

 

I usually leave the supermarket feeling satisfied that I've stocked up on tasty meals for the week ahead, yet on this occasion I was left feeling a bit nervous about portioning out my sparse selection for the week ahead. I quickly realised that I often take my supermarket spending for granted and for some of the shoppers around me, this was a feeling they had to endure most weeks.

 

So if you're reading this over your morning brew or nutritious lunch, take a moment to fully savour how lucky you are! Lunch for me today consisted of a ham sandwich - well, bread and ham, no salad or butter - and was washed down with a nice glass of water. I'm counting down the minutes...

 

Thankfully for me, this will end on Friday, but I'll definitely be a lot more appreciative on my next supermarket sweep.

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