"You are what you eat”.
Now, this may be a saying that is a tad over-used, but essentially – it’s true. And most importantly, what we eat not only affects our body shape, it heavily affect our mood.
Thus food poverty – which is defined as the inability to afford or access healthy food – not only restricts low-income groups with regards to lack of sustenance, it can also heavily affect one’s mental state, putting people at a higher risk for depression.
As day 2 comes to a close of the #BreadlineChallenge, the above is a fact that is at the forefront of my mind (read more about why I'm doing this challenge here). Food makes me happy. Sourcing it, cooking it, eating it – alongside family and friends – is most definitely very near the top of my favourite things to do. For those less fortunate, the pleasure of enjoying a simple meal is a luxury both physically and psychologically that I admittedly take for granted. It’s also safe to say that for those affected by food poverty, the lack of a decent meal is not the sole concern, with other financial and social pressures affecting how day to day priorities are juggled.
Along with sticking to the £2.50 a day budget set by FoodCycle for the Breadline Challenge, I also set myself the following challenges to ensure my diet was varied, healthy and nutritious – and left me upbeat and excited for my next meal!
So, how’s it going for me so far? Here are my thoughts to date:
I’m only 5 meals down – so more insights to come later this week!!
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