Living Below the Line. Who, this girl? But I love food…

How much do you think you spend each day on food and beverages? $10 $20, $100? 

The dollar amount obviously varies by individual as some people eat out everyday, whereas others prepare homemade meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with the latter usually spending less. Furthermore, there are those who eat healthy, organic ingredients (expensive), and those who opt for fast, generally unhealthy, processed food (cheap, for a reason).

For 1.2 billion people in the world, it’s a novelty to eat, never mind have a choice in what to consume.

And yet, I fall into all four categories: I eat out fairly frequently, go out for drinks on the town, love to cook using a balance of organic to non-organic produce and protein, and occasionally indulge in junk food.

Since I like to work in coffee shops, I often start my day with an Americano, which averages $3 CAD. No big deal, right? Well, that’s nearly twice as much as I intend on spending each day from April 28th to May 2nd as I participate in a unique campaign known as Live Below the Line.

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The premise of the campaign is to shine light on extreme poverty in the world, and hopefully alter society’s mindset on the troubling matter. It ostensibly offers hope that one day the playing field will level out and everyone in the world will have enough to survive and thrive.

By engaging individuals and having them participate, it offers an opportunity to better comprehend the discrepancy in lifestyle and eating habits globally, from first world to third world countries. However, simulating this “first-hand” experience is merely a stepping stone towards the ultimate goal: to eradicate the extreme poverty of those who survive on a mere $1.75 a day for all of their needs.

So, join me, little miss food writer, from April 28th to May 2nd as I “live below the line”.

I am currently compiling recipes to sustain myself for five days, though there is plenty more research and experimenting to do. If you have any suggestions, please leave a comment below! Thanks to Live Below the Line I have a handful to get me started:

Breakfast: Cinnamon and Banana Oat Porridge, and Pancakes
Lunch: Yellow Split Pea and Vegetable Soup, and Cream of Cauliflower Soup
Dinner: Butternut Squash and Potato Curry on Tumeric Rice, and Spaghetto Aglio e Olio

Stay tuned as I’ll be posting about my experience transitioning from “gluttonous foodie” to “living below the line lady”.  If you know me at all, you know it certainly isn’t going to be easy for me…

There is still time to register and raise funds for Canadian partner organizations including Opportunity International, Raising the Village and Ve’ahavta. For more information and to register visit

Not sure you can do it? Support me and this great cause instead with a small (or large) donation.

Live Below the Line is presented by the Micronutrient Initiative (MI).

“Micronutrient deficiencies, also known as hidden hunger, affect one-third of the world’s population.  Not getting essential vitamins and minerals at the right time holds back individuals, families, communities and entire countries. MI’s vision is a world free from hidden hunger and the organization works to deliver these essential micronutrients to the world’s most vulnerable…” 

Follow the campaign via Live Below the Line’s social media channels:

Twitter: @LBLCA, #belowtheline
Instagram: @LBLCA.


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