I won’t bother introducing you all my ‘life stories’ as a sort of emotional intro-mercials. Because I am not here to make you feel worser or lower by way of comparison; but I implore you to stay for a moment for the insight. The possibilities; among the means of very few who understood (or yet alone even recognise that this project / way of life actually exists) – the very next level of Humility Through Frugality™ – $20 to $25 per week
This post is a snapshot of what I actually eat in a day. Within the lowest bracket of survival category $20 to $25 per week within a Ketogenic Vegan (with some dairy allowances). This has been my living budget put into trial and sustenance practise back ever since the 18th of February 2016 (rotating between vegan and non-vegan supplies) as raw and pulled straight what I’ve written from my own personal Keto survival diary.
Complete with MyfitnessPal account and overall calorie breakdowns. Without further ado – we’ll begin breakfast. Everything is based in FIAT Australian Dollars (bit of trivia for you – Fiat basically means fake money).
Keto flaxmeal breakfast with egg, butter and coconut oil (bought previously on a tri-annual bulk spending budget on February). Or just simply four eggs (2 microwave poached, 2 boiled) with 40g of butter. Below I’m putting out a flaxmeal version instead.
Three to four 375ML glass of straight black coffee. Helps to abstain hunger anywhere between three up to five hours. Around two and half to three hours later (after breakfast / meal1) these are usually times when I’m starting to feel hungry and tired. Should the coffee gets cold within half hour I add more water and microwave for on high for a minute. Also to make sure I meet my daily Keto salt intake I sprinkle some (iodised sea salts + himalayan’s) in one or two serve.
But “Wait”, you asked. “How does that make sense? $4.50? But that turns out to be $31.50 per week?”, “I thought you’re only meant to be spending $20 to $25 per week!!?? You’re cheating aren’t you!?”
You are bound at some stage be glaring at me; just like the above questions. Think about it once. And think about it some more.
You’d realise sooner or later that this value ($4.50 per day) is also determined by the remaining of other surplus’es I’ve maintained in value from the previous efforts of reusing, recycling and re-preserving throughout months if not; years of frugality cycling and downgrading from $50 to $40 per week. Then down to as low as $18 per week. These remaining surpluses that add to the value output index are what I will be describing under the next section (What I Bought VS What I consume).
So what does this mean? It simply means that I am (still within subjective terms of course) am able to live well and beyond within my means. Considering that I have only effectively spent $18.20 to sustain myself for the following week. And there were times even where I literally forced myself to ably spent and live from as little as $15 worth of replenishments to survive another entire full week.
Self-Arrogance? No. I instead both implore and invite you – to read my manuscript (at its’ current edition), garner yourself more attention over how all this is possible. It’s all about a matter of self-affirmations, realisations and acceptance/s over what I can and (more of) what I cannot do.
All this is an accumulation of implicit accounts and understanding of my chosen dietary regime (Ketogenic) and in conjunction towards a purpose of survival and overall humility. From day 1 to day 365. It doesn’t matter – everyday is both an insight as well as an honest fight to make and pave way for me to live for the next daylight.
Should anyone wish to be incessantly technical I am more than happy to further deliver my rationale and methodology below. Which first comes as my own personal regiments of survival and sustenance – over considering what I bought (to conserve for the next as rigidly possible) versus what I actually consume (consumption for current survival) by way of any existing and prior surplus. This has been a process that has been effectively in continuum for at least six or so months.
What I bought Versus what I actually consume
Let us begin with a breakdown of what I actually bought from last week grocery cycle (so in this case it’s May the 12th, 2016).
- 500g butter Woolworths Homebrand: $3
- 3x 600g eggs: $7.5
- 3x Woolworths Homebrand sardines: $2.10 (73 cents each)
- 1x Coconut Cream 400ml : $1
- 2x Woolworths Homebrand Salmon: $4.6 ($2.30 each, an increase I noticed from $2.20 in recent year/s)
- 1x Woolworths Homebrand Pesto (16th of May is my birthday; so I’m giving myself bit of a treat) of course this remains only a luxury condiment treat and thus this Pesto is excluded from my actual diary above. As nevertheless – the above food diary still represents what I actually and honestly eat realistically on most days and as regularly on average calorie trackings as they are.
Hence, the total Principal Spending / actual expenditure I had to make out of my own pocket cash is: $18.20 (until May the 19th)
…And now versus / compare this expenditure with what is currently available. What I am actually consuming as remaining previous surpluses. All of which these of course – were previously and honestly bought within the $20 to $25 per week limit brackets and I was able to preserve and lengthen their survivability supply:
- My previously bought and remaining butter (one week ago / about 100g left)
- My previously bought 1kg TVP meat replacement powders (two weeks ago / about 400g left)
- My previously bought and fridge-preserved (water+salt) boiled eggs (one week ago)
- My previously bought coffee beans (200g) (three weeks ago)
- My previously bought Stevia crystals (two weeks ago)
- My previously bought whole cabbage + ongoing DIY sauerkraut for prolonged consumption and preservation (still got a 5 kilogram chunk four weeks ago)
- Any of my previously bought preserved, and frozen meat based protein supply for rotating Keto vegan and non Keto Vegan principles.
- Any of my previously bought and preserved and frozen – DIY pumpkin puree, and DIY fermented pumpkins.
- Other remaining surpluses; that of my tri-annual bulk foods, vitamins and few supplementations (of no more than $100). These include the raw cacao powders, bulk olive oils and coconut oils.
Hence, what I actually am doing is that I am surviving on the previous week’s reservoire and buying only what is needed for the next week ahead. What I’ve shared with you is my actual, regular food account/s
as per exactly as they have been the most regular foods I consumed within Ketogenic Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian regime. All within the survivable remaining amounts in my current supply reservoire bought in the range of at least $20 and macro/calorically calculated as honest as I myself entered them through MyFitnessPal
You might think that at first all of the above surplus are impossible to make given the questionably low $20 – $25 per week budget. The key here is knowing how to preserve, restrict, recycle and reuse from what you’ve initially bought towards the next. You are bound at some point find that after through prolonged means of sacrifice/s – surplus of resources are bound to become inevitable in front of you.
That; in other words – is nature, physics and gratitude – all intertwined in a package to you and for you only. From nobody else’s circumstances, but solely of you and your own efforts for doing so.
Ever wondered I only spent $18.20 instead of at least $20? Simply because I only bought what is empirically needed for what is lacking for this week and the week ahead. Obviously – my previous weekly surpluses I myself preserved are yet to be consumed. It’s all about a matter of introducing, restricting and reinforcing new challenges to your everyday means of reusing and living. Of all things – I cannot emphasize this enough that all this is part of your own compliance’s, understandings and admissions over what you can and cannot do. That; in a nutshell – is what contributes YOUR own establishment of nutritional humility.
What sparks or initiates this? That only remains your curiosity to challenge life; your own life.
So, where to take from here?
Ignite your own curiosities. Ignore all institutions.
Even better – look at life, the people and finally – the food on your table – implicitly for what they are. Stop reading and collecting “recipes”. I implore you to learn for yourself by becoming solely aware of your inert, individual – nutritional physiology by learning and humbly lowering your visions and understanding of what food truly brings to you, your needs and circumstances. Then introduce yourself a goal; whatever goals you have in life – be it as simple as surviving and thriving less – to add your a life as a change to live for all the more minimal honesty.
Incentivise yourself in any ways possible to never stop realising, revising and accepting over what you can, and cannot do. Put your curiosities into practise. Put all the sensationalism around you – from whatever influences and coercions; far and away to the void. You are here to preserve and to accept food humility.
Not by way of following what’s “Hot” or “new” or “scrumptiously” trendy “feel good” recipes. See those “hot weekly inspiration” bookmarks in your browsers? Still following those Pinterest channels? Throw them out.
These “recipes” are all institutionalised means of instilling coercions over what is creatively known as indulgence and pleasure. Food Pornography and Elitism. That’s it, nothing more. They are wasteful in resources and are never constructive or implicitly meaningful or productive by way of resource management. Salt, pepper, olive oils, eggs, and butter all tastes perfect on their own, so why bother incorporating them into a “recipe”? Just so that it tickles and fancies your ego-centric chef within you? Who are you trying to impress? Society? Or that of your own humility and situational changes and circumstances?
Let us stop and consider for a moment what or how simple “cooking” – as a life skill really takes.
- One is basic equipment – you would likely already have – a kettle, a blender (even a sports personal blender works fine), a spoon, a fork, frying pan, a dutch/sauce pan, a mixing bowl, measuring cup/s, a large baking tray, and obviously – food containers and glass jars / mason jars to store and preserve foods.
- Two – is an assembly process where you’re most likely have to gather or mix your food matter in some way of blending mixing, whisking or just simply spoon stirring.
- And lastly all you need is a source of heat to cook. That’s it. Boil water and add food matter and use your judgments over how done it is. Or fry entire meats as is without butter or oil and let the fats do the cooking for you. Or pre-heat an oven to a certain set of degrees until it’s ready and bake all food matter with a timer on. Or use a microwave on its highest setting and cook every so few minutes at a time, see how you go and then add seasoning afterwards.
Learn how to preserve foods. Ferment them. (On 40/40/20 diets) Boil your bulk potatoes and freeze. Recycle reuse and reassess your consumption. Keep a food / resource consumption diary. Track your macros. Open up a MyFitnessPal and see how much resource footprint you’ve consumed from day to day.
Have another glass of coffee instead of snacking. Try skipping meals if you are full. Whatever it takes that you yourself must face willingly. It’s all relative to the challenging of your curiosities closer and closer to the bone. And stay within these limits and pilgrimage for as long as you can. Until such time; only you can decide when you are ready to start reducing your overall resource consumption even further.
There is a long and winding road in every hardships in life. I would kindly ask you that no matter how destitute you are as I myself struggle – you are nonetheless remain the grace recipient for the passing of time itself.
Yes. I know how you are feeling right now. You’ve just been told to skip meals. All of a sudden your thyroid, endocrines and gut biome takes a toll to operate in ways they never have before. Your oxytocin to stress hormone cortisol balance becomes chaotic. You increasingly are finding things “difficult” to work with as they are. Because you’re struggling to realign and to re-coordinate your existing arrangements, and social compliances and obligations together with all these new methods of learning and surviving within your means.
All these is inevitable because these are early times for you to realise (of many Realisation/s) that this is indeed – Life; as honestly difficult as it might ever get, and perhaps even more for the days ahead. But it is a journey to implicitly fullfils you. Not for anyone else.
It is difficult not just because it has to; it is difficult because it enforces you to look at things in at a more deeper, empathic perspective without prior judgments.
Give it time. And through time, you’ll develop a character of awareness (as well as) your own construct of implicit differences against all that is around you. The people around you. The society you live in. As well as most importantly – the food you you yourself can humbly eat and get by.
You would look at Struggle Street no longer in a laughable, amusing light in the name of so called “reality-drama-television” entertainment. Or perhaps you will at some stage never frown or look at the same way at any beggar, or any commoner lining up at a Centrelink office the same way ever again. The next time you read and stumble across sensational news headlines about “scrumptious dinner recipes” and “spark-up lunch ideas” and then having a glance over a page-long list of “ingredients” – you are no longer convinced as these are nothing but selfishly egocentric and not to mention resource wasteful – pursuits for “creative” influence.
There is a force; undeniably loud – yet quiet in its’ own manifestation that you patiently and honestly develop through time. And that in an overall sense – is humility. Your Nutritional Humility. From what and how you eat through awareness, affirmations understanding/s and acceptances which then transpires to every change to your fibre and being; a whollistic change to your own physiology. All these inevitably as a result – will come at you for seeing, feeling and interpreting the world in a much different light.
A new form of empathy that only you can differentiate yourself much less homogeneously in the sea of pedestrian normalcy around you. Not of ignorance or superiority; but of conscious awareness and genuinity from everything you interact.
I’ve understood long and gone over and over that empathy is silent but a rarity amongst character of virtue in humanity. And it cannot ever be said enough more than once that I have my own share to anyone’s circumstances right now. Right this minute. Right this moment.
Whoever and wherever you are, I may not know who you are or what your circumstances and predicaments. Nor do I know your prior characters and actions or memories that makes you for who you are right now. But I know many of you who are struggling in this very supposedly caring life – do know that I am here – as an anecdotal account – to comfort you by way of assurance – that I have ideas and plans that may even help you survive.
I understand and emphatize – that you are more than just “simply” down on your luck. I understand and emphatize that you are getting weaker; your knee pains are still there and are not able to do 6×6 squat routines any longer. I understand and emphatise – all that courtesy CV mailouts, printouts, handouts, the door knocking/s you’ve put your own hearts and soul for days and nights without end, the amount petrol you’ve wasted travelling to door knock for jobs, these and all your other/prior as futile job seeking efforts – all continues to be dismissed in plain sight of ignorance. And of all things – I do understand and further emphatise – that you feel lonely and ignored in this very distant, cold life that nobody seems care for you, and your predicaments.
Again – whoever and wherever you are. I sincerely hope that this only brings you a much needed realisation over the fact that I empathize over the much hidden disparities; of one another. “Pain” is such a feeling that yearns for communal empathy. For I assure you – that everyone is weak; in one way or another.
I sincerely hope that in all eventualities; this blog post is more than a figment of reality. It is a real, accountable share of the impossibilities that you too, yourself – can turn into a possibility.
The passing of time itself; nonetheless – still remains a reality clearly that is in front of you and that both curiosities and humility – remains at your side as guidance to further realise and to accept what you can; as well as what you cannot do – at least for the time being.
Incentivise yourself to learn and do anything until the next meal time comes – and you’ll be thankful that you did all the above that subconciously – you alone have survived the very day and earning yourself once again – a pledge to overcome the next uncertainty in your own pilgrimage away from the sea of submissive, pedestrian normalcy.
So, my fellow humility budget followers, where and how far have you become in your journey? Do you have so far any budget plans you would like to share with others? Please leave your thoughts and feedbacks below! Share and empower one another with humility.