What I Ate Today (Vegan)

???????????????????? WP_20150102_12_34_09_Pro WP_20150102_17_01_09_Pro WP_20150102_18_42_35_ProToday I have eaten amazingly well and I’ve not spent a single penny! I began my day with my usual coffee. I know this is a terrible habit but I love coffee! I then made a smoothie with 5 bananas that I got for free from work and a drop of vanilla extract. For lunch I had some abso-freakin-delicious soup that the incredible chef Lou made. Today it was tomato and lentil. I toasted some stale bread to go with this. I ran home and then ate this out of date vintage chocolate CoYo yoghurt with another free banana sliced in it. Yummers. Then for dinner I hit the jackpot in the staff bin at work, I found falafels and salad leaves. I knew I had some soggy carrots at home and some rice in my cupboard which I dressed in some (actual) vintage balsamic vinegar that I got for free from work a few weeks ago.

I will eat most things, even when they are hideously out of date. I would advise that if you do the same give it the smell test and use your senses before tucking in to avoid getting ill. Heck I’ve been known to pick the mould off of CoYo yoghurt and tuck in. Those things are an expensive and very decadent luxury I’ll have you know. I have a veritable stash of out of date CoYo’s in my fridge right now that I am slowly working my way through.

For those of you who think I am cheating by using up the bits of food that I have in my cupboard already… I’m not! You can’t cheat if you make up your own rules can you?!

So I promised I would share with you my reasons for undertaking my personal challenge of why I want to live frugally this month…

  1. I HATE food waste. My mother has instilled this belief in me from a very young age. Nothing was ever wasted in our house. If you refused to eat the food mum had made there was no second option for fussy children 😛
  2. I need to get a grip on my financial situation. I have dreams that I want to fulfil such as building my own home and visiting my favourite person who happens to live all the way across the other side of the world in Colorado (Hiiiii Debbie 😉 )
  3. I like to live simply. When I was a child my dad used to say that I could basically live on fresh air and water.
  4. I hate the inequality in the world. How is it that we have so much wealth that an average household throws out approximately 25% of all of the food they buy, whilst others are cold, homeless and hungry? I shall write a separate post about this soon.
  5. I want to see if I can. I am a pretty thrifty gal but I am a total foodie at heart. I rarely buy clothes, dinners out, etc. I do however spend most of my money on food as it is not only my sustenance but also my hobby and passion. I love to play around with food and make delicious treats to share but it sure adds up to a lot of dough.

These are the main reasons that I am embarking on my pound a day challenge. I have taken a lot of inspiration from Jack Monroe’s blog A Girl Called Jack. I think she is a truly inspirational individual. I dare you to read her bio and not be inspired by her spirit and her incredible devotion to campaigning for change so that others might not struggle the same way she had to.

I shall fully embrace the soggy veggie box at work and not turn my nose up at any free vegan food offerings this month. Feel free to join me in this challenge, I am sure your wallet will thank you for it!

Peace and hugs,

Olivia ♥


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