Several people have asked if we've been able to maintain our weight on this diet. The answer is no. This is one area where the difference between us and a disadvantaged person is glaring. We started this diet with plenty of balanced nutrients, so I don't think we could do much damage to our nutrition in 30 days. Of course, this is a very different scenario than a person who has eaten so little for a long period of time. Ryan and I also both started this diet with some extra "padding", so weight maintenance is not something we are worried about. If a person didn't have any to spare, though, this would be very difficult. I'm a long way from "wasting away to nothing" but for many people, loosing a few pounds could be very dangerous and life threatening. It's hard to imagine how arduous it would be to be undernourished and engaging in hard physical labor as so many in the world do.
We have not been participating in any extra exercise. We both walk a least a couple of miles a day (usually more) to and from the bus/Metrolink. We decided that this was sufficient and we didn't need to burn more calories by "exercising". I do yoga a few times a week and that is burning some extra calories, but I'm not jogging right now.
Today's Meals ~
Breakfast ~ steel cut oats with raisins and green tea
Lunch ~ pinto beans and rice with a sprout salad
Snack ~ apple cider vinegar "cocktail"
Dinner ~ rice
Daily Total ~ $1.85
Just a little bit of food for thought...