Live for just £1 a day: Day two – Porridge minus milk, double pita and vegetable noodles

By Jess Wilson

It’s day two of my seven day challenge to live on just seven pounds.

You can find out how I was cohersed into making the decision here.



Breakfast: oats and water (this doesn’t amount to porridge)

Lunch: two pitas and hummus

Dinner: noodles and vegetables


Slight error. I left my milk out on the side yesterday morning. All day!

This meant that breakfast this morning was water and oats. Not porridge but gruel. I felt like Oliver Twist.

I was generally in a bad mood after that. So I had two pitas and half the tub of hummus. This made me feel a bit better.

Dinner was really nice. I used a tiny bit of water in the bottom of a pan to steam the courgettes, beans, mushrooms, peppers and onions, and then I added the noodles which soaked up the water and sprinkled it with the fresh herbs.

I think courgettes are one of the best vegetables in the world, probably because they are the only ones I have ever been able to grow myself but also because they are really easy to cook.

They are also packed with fibre, calcium and iron and are relatively cheap to buy. The fat content of a courgette is pretty low, but the fats they do contain are mostly omega-3 fatty acids which stabilise bad cholesterol.

Mushrooms are also pretty good. They’re packed with proteins, minerals and vitamins essential to cell repair. For this reason, they have been known to increase immunity and improve eyesight.

‘Shrooms also have a really high potassium content and help reduce hypertension and prevent strokes.

But despite all this, I’m still finishing the day with a killer headache. I’m in the process of downing a litre of water in the hope it will help – on a budget of £1 a day, there’s no spare change for paracetamol.

My shop bought £1 option was a microwave curry. I didn’t see much contest. Noodles over microwave curry any day.

Tomorrow I will be giving you my third day on £1 so be sure to find out how you can survive for a little, rather than a lot.


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