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Introduction and My situation! [Jun. 14th, 2012|11:51 pm]
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Hey vegans!
First of all, I've been vegan for 10 years (just had my veganniversary). It's been a great 10 years and I've done a lot of cooking and a lot of learning. I'm a triathlete and even have a website called vegantriathlete.com, where I talk about my training etc. It's also mirrored to my lj account.

My situation is such that I'm in a tight financial position. In the past I've been so poor that I went on a juice fast for 3 weeks. That was intense! However, I don't want to do that again, so I'm allowing myself $25 for the next 3 weeks. I'm trying to eat all of the food that I have in my house right now. Luckily, I have a lot of rice and flour. I also have a lot of almond milk (a friend gave me a case of outdated almond milk bc she is freaked out my expired food, but i'm not!). I have lots of frozen berries and lots of flax (and access to flax - I have farmers as friends). So I'm actually starting out really well.

I'm thinking of making a whole list of the foods and then try to put together some sort of food plan. I make bread and have lots of flour so I'm going to bake a whole bunch of loaves this weekend. What I do is I bake them, slice them and freeze them to use as I go.

Anyway, I figured this might be a great community to share this project/experiment with. I wonder how little I can spend on food in the next month... or even the summer... or even the rest of the year! Would you all be cool if I posted it on here? Or even cross-posted some of the posts from my personal journal to here? I'm kind of stoked. :)

[User Picture]From: alittlebeast
2012-06-15 06:33 am (UTC)
You have a really good foundation and great friends, so that's all really good. Somethings you need to consider are your protein sources. Do you like beans? Beans are a very cheap source of protein. Buy bulk bags and get as creative as you possibly can with your recipes. Unfortunately it may be hard to get some fruits cheaply right now. If you can, maybe go foraging! Berry-picking might be a fun (and free!) outdoor activity to do with friends or a loved one, but you have to be really careful not to get something that is inedible. You might even be able to trade some things. Someone might be willing to trade some fruits or veggies for home-baked, vegan, artisan breads.
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[User Picture]From: sageincave
2012-06-15 02:01 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see you cross-posting this project here. Welcome to the community!
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[User Picture]From: kindmemory
2012-06-15 03:47 pm (UTC)
I love the poor_skills community, they are really good at this sort of thing.

I am not afraid of much that's past the expiry date, especially if it's not too far past. Somethings just lose nutrition and taste after while, and oils go rancid, beans lose...something. But it takes a long time.

Edited at 2012-06-15 03:50 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mongorules
2012-06-15 04:51 pm (UTC)
I think posting this would be excellent.
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[User Picture]From: veggiesueh
2012-06-16 04:22 am (UTC)
I'd love to see how you're doing, please cross-post.
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