Live Below the Line with our MUN delegates (Day 5)

Screen Shot 2018-10-14 at 14.55.17.png By Veronica Beckvard, MUN Team

Today is the last day – yay! I can not describe how happy I am to have completed the experiment! Though it was easier than I had expected, I believe that I now have a better understanding of the situation of people who are not granted the same opportunities as I am. Of course, for me to fully understand their difficulties, I would have to consider all the aspects of poverty and not only food.

Throughout the week, I have thought about how grateful I should be for the life I have. I feel almost ashamed when I think about how irrelevant my daily complaints are. Whether it is the amount of homework or the bad weather in Estonia – I should spend less time worrying over such minuscule problems and more time being thankful.

My meals for today consisted of the following:
Breakfast – banana pancakes with sugar + tea.
Snack – banana pancake with sugar.
Lunch – rice with tomato sauce + ¼ carrot
Snack – banana pancake with sugar.
Dinner – 2 eggs + ½ fried onion + a piece of toast.
Dessert – banana pancake with sugar + tea.

How I made the banana pancakes:
I wish I had thought of this earlier in the week (because my breakfast consisted of oatmeal for three days in a row – and I don’t even like oatmeal). I came up with the idea of blending oatmeal to make flour for my pancakes – and it worked! To the blended, oatmeal I added one banana, two eggs and a little bit of sugar.

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A little tip: If you want to save yourself some time by cutting up all your carrots in one go, and you still want them to be fresh throughout the 5 days, put them in water in the fridge. This keeps them from getting dry.

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What I would do differently if I had to do the experiment again:
I would definitely focus less on quantity and more on quality! It’s the last day today, and I still have plenty of food left. I was not a big fan of the pasta, so ended up having a whole bowl of that left. Similarly, I had bought 240g of so-called “ham” for 0,63 € but ended up feeding it to my dogs. ;-D I would definitely also make sure to buy some chili or pepper to make the food a little bit more interesting – but overall, I think the experiment went quite well.

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