Part 2: Bangladesh
I continued my challenge of A Day In Her Food by experiencing 2 days of a Bangladeshi woman's diet who lives in chronic hunger. Similar to the Peruvian diet, it was high in simple carbohydrates and limited in nutrients. I started with breakfast, which was a home made roti with sugar. This was easy to make although a bit too messy to start my day. Furthermore, I felt like adding sugar on top of the roti just made me crash rather quickly.
The amount of roti that was made was sufficient but once again, I did not necessarily feel that this is a good way to start your day. Only after an hour I could feel my energy levels drop. Lunch itself was a primitave mashed potatoes (with no butter) and some rice. One thing to note, there is a lot of rice in this challenge. Almost too much as I became really bored of the plain taste. There was nothing really exciting about this dish and it just made me feel heavy.
By the time dinner came, I was not excited of the prospect of eating another large quantity of rice. This time, it was accompanied by red lentils with some spinach and chilly. Once again, the dish had a large portion but I was not left satisfied after eating. By the time the challenge was over I felt tired. This has been an eye opener of how critical having a well balanced diet is. Once you have been spoilt with having a good diet, reverting it is very noticable. It makes you wonder how much malnourished people can achieve if given the opportunity. I will finalise my challenge with Senegal sometime next week.
Completing the Challenge Part 1
Thank you for all the donations I have recieved thus far. I have completed the challenge of eating like a Peruvian woman living in chronic hunger. I am very tired after two days and I can only imagine what it is like for a woman to live under these circusmtances all her life. I usually do intermitent fasting so hunger was not the issue for me personally, it was the energy levels. Not having a balanced diet and relying on potatoes and wheat dipped my energy. I managed to complete this challenge but I will still need to organise additional days to experience the dishes from Senegal and Bangladesh.
Breakfast consisted of a potato and wheat stew, this meal was large quantity but not very filling. Furthermore, I felt tired after only a few hours and preparing this meal was relatively time consuming. Lunch was only carrots and potatoes and dinner was more wheat and potatoes. Not exciting but a necessary experience. Thank you for your support and I will keep everyone updated when I resume this challenge.
Planning the A Day in Her Food Challenge
Thank you for taking the time to look at my fundraising page. I hope that the completion of this challenge will raise enough funds to make a difference to vulnerable people. I will attempt to do 3 separate days of this challenge spaced a week apart. I will start with the diet of a Peruvian woman living in chronic hunger on Thursday 10th January. Thank you to everyone that has contributed and I will make sure to keep you updates.
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