When I decided to take the 30 day food stamp challenge, I wanted to go all out simulating as authentic of an experience as possible. See Setup & Rules for the details of my parameters. Then click on the 30 Days On Stamps category to read about each day my experience.
My goal was to complete the 30 day food stamp challenge while maintaining a healthy diet. What inspired me to do this?
Well … unless you avoid the news like the Bubonic Plague, you know that obesity has reached epidemic status in the United States. What you may not be familiar with is the correlation between obesity and income levels. This is neither unusual nor surprising; throughout history all over the world the poor starve while the rich maintain a hearty rotund shape. However, the interesting fact about today’s U.S. citizens is that in the majority of cases the reverse is true. Okay, the upper class is not starving, but the lower class certainly has surpassed their richer counterparts in terms of size.
- Food is not the same as it was several decades ago
- Food deserts in cities make it difficult for people to find inexpensive fruits, vegetables, and meats
- Two-income households and single parents do not have time to prepare quality meals
- Adults and kids alike exert less physical energy than their ancestors in everyday activities