The idea behind it is to be prepared – many governments and NGOs recommend that you have at least three days’ worth of food and water at home in the event of an evacuation or emergency. These would be often found at the Pound Shop or Dollar Store as the food are recommended to be shelf stable.
We did not get a budget for the challenge which was a relief – you can read about what I bought and what my initial thoughts were here. I chose to buy the food I would eat and to drink tap water for the duration of this challenge.
Today is my first day of the challenge. It’s a Sunday, so there’s no rush to go anywhere or do anything.
I go downstairs to make breakfast for Husband and myself, and I instinctively reach for the kettle to boil water for two cups, before I stop myself, and remember that for the next three days, I am on tap water only.
I pour myself a cup of water to drink, make Husband a cup of tea and set about making breakfast.
As I go to open the UHT milk up to make my porridge, I realise there is a small problem.
Don’t get me wrong, I will use this for the whole of the challenge unless it goes bad very suddenly. And as I will be able to refrigerate it, I think it should be ok.
But what this does highlight is that it’s no good keeping a supply of shelf stable foods at home, unless you check on the condition of your stock regularly and ensure it’s all in date….
Breakfast is warm, tasty and filling. I miss my morning cup of tea, but having something hot for breakfast does help.
I go for an hour’s walk before lunchtime, so when I return, I want something hot to eat for lunch. I decide to try the Soba noodles I bought.
The food is warming and tasty, but I don’t feel full or satisfied after. I finish off by having a Pepperami and one of the fruit pots.
For my evening meal, I decide to use one of the rice pouches, a tin of sweetcorn and the tin of salmon in garlic and chili oil to make my meal. I finish off with one of the fruit and jelly pots.
I miss having a hot beverage, especially first thing in the morning. Apart from that I feel today has gone ok, I’ve felt full and warm enough, and not like I’ve missing out.
By my count I have had 3/5 portions of fruit and veg today, and I have consumed 2108 calories.
Though I do wonder what tomorrow will be like, with work being so full-on at the start of the week.
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