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12 January 2009

Logan = Lab Rat

I've been toying around with this one for a while now. The idea is to see how cheaply I can feed myself while maintaining healthy eating habits. Now don't get me wrong, I could live for $1.50 a day and eat nothing but rice and vegetable oil. The idea is to maintain a semi-normal lifestyle for a fraction of the cost (as I've always claimed was possible). The experiment will last 4 weeks starting tomorrow morning. I'm going to shoot for about 2,400 calories a day. Generally 1,800 is recommended for women and 2,200 for men, but I'm a bit bigger so whatever. I'm going to the grocery store as soon as I finish this post and here's what I intend to buy:

Hot Cereal (aka gruel)
Dried Black Beans
Wheat Pasta
Prego Traditional
Skim Milk (whole would be more economical)
Brown Rice
Olive Oil
Soybeans (edamame)
Garbanzo Beans (to make hummus)
Peanut Butter
Wheat Bread
Flax Seed (pre-ground)
Apples (the one and only granny smith)

The list will be modified of course. The idea was to pick foods that were high in fiber (to keep me full) and filled some nutritional gap. Yes, beer is necessary. Interestingly, the list of foods appears to be vegetarian and almost vegan... odd. This won't be too scientifically rigorous. I'm sure I'll end up going out to eat and getting drunk on a large bottle of expensive vodka, but these experiences will just further elucidate how wasteful my day to day lifestyle is. I'm shooting for less than $5 a day. Again, I could make it cheaper but I'd have to exclude alcohol, fruits, and vegetables.

And to any of my friends that read this; the day after this experiment is over (Wed. Feb. 11th) will be taco night at my house.

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