It seems that King Solomon was correct when he lamented “there is nothing new under the sun”. A few searches online have yielded at least two other experiments similar to mine. In the One Dollar Diet Project, a couple from San Diego lived on $1 a day for 30 days in order to raise awareness for poverty. They actually consumed $1 worth of food per day, and while they got lots of publicity and raised loads of money for hunger organizations, they concluded that they didn’t eat very healthily for 30 days, and basically advised- Don’t Try This At Home.
In North Carolina a woman is just ending 30 days of eating on $1 a day as recorded in her blog Less Is Enough. She took out one dollar each day and spent it with a particular emphasis on finding fresh food, with a purpose to challenge the common perception that you can’t eat anything fresh on $1 a day.
My experiment is only slightly different in that I am going for 40 days instead of 30 days, and I decided to average out my costs rather than meticulously do the math to figure out to the penny what I ate each day. My angle is to focus on what is going on with me spiritually during this experiment. While these bloggers and their admirable experiments are finished after 30 days, spiritually speaking, I consider my experiment to be a 5K run when my goal is to someday be ready for a marathon.