Living on $4 a Day?

I just watched this video with Marisha Ray from BFD on Take Part TV.

Here is the comment I left on her video:

The portion sizes American’s eat are usually 2-3 times larger than what the body actually needs. Over-eating is not good for your health. Reducing portions and buying organic, as well as purchasing bulk will not only make food stamps stretch along with the food, but also reduce cost in over-the-counter medicines and other household products. As a side benefit, you produce less waste into the environment.

Read the comments below her video for other inspiring ideas on how to make your diet healthier and more affordable.

The truth is, if we all learned to live on less food, in a healthy way, we could all contribute to the hunger issues not only in our country, but around the world. And as a double solution, many bulk items and fresh produce have far less packaging than conventional and processed foods. I used to throw out my bulging plastic garbage bags once a day when I ate processed and conventional foods. When I switched to a more organic and environmentally friendly diet my pollution naturally reduced itself both in garbage and recycling.

When you consider the carbon footprint of producing, packaging and delivering food, the health implications of an American diet, and then the removal of the waste a diet like this causes, you can see that the more American’s that realize this perspective of thought, the faster we can make a huge impact on our consumerism and pollution problems.
What do you think?

Love and Peace

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2 thoughts on “Living on $4 a Day?”

  1. Ironically in Australia a supermarket’s catch phrase is “The Fresh Food People”, yet in their 20 odd page brochures only 2 pages are dedicated to fresh food. Not to mention fresh food takes up 2 to 3 aisles out of over 10 in their supermarkets. We personally have started growing our own vegetables (we only have a small suburban lot but it all helps). The kids love it. Also we mainly shop at a local farmer’s market.

    I must agree I think packaging is now out of control, and I will not buy over packaged items (instead of buying the lunch size boxes of sultanas I buy a big bag and simply put them in small containers for the kids each day).

    Food is a more expensive in Australia, and coupons are not as prolific here either. However, I think the important think it is to eat fresh (as much as you can).

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Your supermarkets sound similar to ours (here in Colorado) with the small produce sections. I usually have to visit up to three stores to get all my produce. You are very fortunate to have a garden. I am happy that your kids are getting to experience that. I hope to have one someday too.

      I buy bulk as well and am trying other methods since I don’t have a garden. I use a raw dehydrator and try to dehydrate food myself and for my daughter. Its still a work in progress.

      I loved hearing your experience with this in Australia. I like learning more about what other cultures are facing with the food industry.

      Thank you so much for sharing too.

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