Following up on my previous post...there are choices.
Do I do rice for a week?
Do I tailor my consumption and include only foods which would be available to a person in a specific county?
For example, mangos would be available to a person in the Dominican Republic.
Bananas, to a person in Guatemala.
(Papayas, too, would also be available to a person living in the D.R.
But, honestly, even fresh papaya makes me feel as though I'm gnawing on a dirty sweat sock.)
About a year ago, someone I know challenged herself to go 14 weeks living on the dehydrated packages from Breedlove Dehydrated Foods.
In a nutshell, Breedlove packages dehydrated meals that are used to provide food to hungry people both here and abroad. I read that they were made available to Katrina victims. (I doubt anyone was jumping for joy over them. I've eaten some - they're not exactly jambalaya.)
It looks like this.
Anyway, this gal I know set her goal of sustaining herself with this dehydrated soup. After 36 days she had to modify her diet to include a bit more. Her friends, while very supportive of the project, were quite concerned. And, she admitted that signs of malnutrition were setting in. If you want to read about her project, these are her 6 posts on hunger. (It starts at the bottom of that page.)
Another interesting project is from a guy who took on a month long challenge. He writes: "I’m only spending $30 on food. The only exception will be things that are freely available to the average person (salt taken from restaurants, sauce packets from Taco Bell, free coffee from an office). Buying in advance is fine, but at the end of the month, it all has to add up to $30 or less." His daily posts can be found at Hungry For a Month.
I'm still pondering how I'll eat next week.
And, I'm asking Jen if I can purchase any of her dehydrated soup from last year - if she has any left over.
Either way, these blogs, along with messages from friends...
Have been food for thought.