Do Homeless Chicks Get Good Nutrition? Part 2

I’ve mentioned before that nutrition is a bit of a challenge for me while free-sleeping and living out of my van.  I have allergies that make it less than optimal to eat wheat products, dairy, nuts and more.  I don’t want to cook in my van as I feel it will get too messy.  I might change my mind though.  I also need to keep my costs down.  My goal is to spend no more than $10 a day.  It’s harder than you’d think.  Perhaps I’m just spoiled.

One place I can cut back is on meat.  Pre-cooked meat, without a bunch of added chemicals is rather expensive.  (I don’t like chemicals with my meat).  I often resort to canned tuna or chicken.  They’re pretty cheap.  Sometimes I get prosciutto or this other expensive turkey salami stuff (5-6 bucks!)  Then I sometimes buy some decent organic lettuce or spinach and eat it out of the bag without dressing.  If it’s warm, I have to eat it all right away or it will go bad.

I want to make sure I get enough protein, especially, so I had been concerned with getting plenty of meat.  I can’t eat nuts and beans don’t have nearly as much protein as meat does.  BUT my daughter is a vegetarian and she seems to be doing fine without meat.  She even runs 5 or more miles a day!  I’ve decided, based on that to go ahead and try replacing some of the meat with beans or bean soups.  Amy’s makes organic canned soups that I can sometimes get as cheaply as $1.50.  I like the taste better than that of canned meats too.    I’ll let you know how it goes.  I hate feeling hungry.  It’s one thing to sleep in my van but feeling famished all the time will make me feel a bit TOO deprived and I don’t think it’s healthy.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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6 Responses to Do Homeless Chicks Get Good Nutrition? Part 2

  1. B says:

    There’s a table here of vegetarian protein sources: http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.htm

    One that I really enjoy is hummus. I use raw veg to dip into it (rather than pita) so I get a double does of healty. BTW, at our age (I’m guessing we about even), don’t forget adequate calcium and Vit.D! It’s difficult to build that back up when it gets low … ask me how I know :-/.

    • Maureen says:

      Hummus is awesome! I love it with carrot sticks! Calcium has always been a challenge for me because I don’t consume dairy. Have to make sure to eat my spinach like Popeye!

  2. Charles says:

    Talk to your daughter, you have to ensure that you are getting all the essential amino acids, no single vegetable has all of them, meat does. If you do that and like veggies, like I do, should work and won’t need food refrigeration as much.

    Be safe
    Charles

    Life should be Fun.

  3. daniel says:

    must…. resist…. joke…… about nuts and meat….. arrrggghhh!!!!

  4. Ryu says:

    It is a challenge to eat for less than ten bucks per day. Slaveway should have large cans of storebrand beans for 1.40/can. Those are pretty nice.

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