Do Homeless Chicks Get Good Nutrition?

That remains to be seen in my case.  I am allergic to a few foods and it presents some unique challenges.  I also have almost a phobia about eating pesticides, genetically modified “food” and chemicals.  I don’t like doing it!

When I had my own kitchen, I could cook what I wanted, and go easy on the chemicals.  I could sort of afford organic fruits and vegies (which are also never genetically modified) and hormone free eggs and meat.   I could cook rice instead of eating bread products. I actually didn’t eat much rice because I like to eat fairly low carb too.  Living in the van though, things are more challenging.  I don’t know too many places where I can get plain cooked chicken or beef, for instance.

Here are my allergies, or I should say my food sensitivities: ( I won’t die from eating the foods, I will just have stomach problems and rashes!)

Anything made with milk:  yogurt, cheese, ice cream etc.

Anything with gluten in it: most breads, floury coatings, tons of processed foods have gluten in them.

Seafood, nuts, apples and more.

So I’m seeking out pure meats, fruits and vegies.  Maybe a few rice crackers to round things off.  My food budget is $10 a day.  That may seem like a lot but it’s different on the road where you can’t store anything.

I know I seem like a spoiled brat but I really don’t feel well when I don’t eat right and I’ve gained 3-4 lbs in the short time I’ve been out here from all the carbs I’ve been eating!

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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12 Responses to Do Homeless Chicks Get Good Nutrition?

  1. B says:

    I have great sympathy for food-related health issues, having a few myself.

    May I suggest, start by searching all of the van/RV/car-living mailing lists to find out how they handle this sort of thing. Maybe someone there has similar issues and offers ideas. Or maybe this is where you’re the pioneer …

  2. Maureen says:

    Thanks B. I will do that. I’m sure there are others with the same issues.

  3. B says:


    You haven’t posted for a few days. Everything OK?

  4. eyewrist says:

    Funny you bring this up because I went camping for 3 days and there was a Fire Ban in the campsite. Soooo I happened to bring some of my dehydrated fruits and veggies with me along with beef jerky for Jerky Direct which doesn’t use any chemical or hormones. You can also make a solar oven out of your sunshade. I saw this on if my memory is correct. But don’t forget to wrap it in roasting bags and/or foil to speed up the cooking process. It probably can be done in you front window. Don’t forget you can sprout seeds in a small bamboo basket you can buy at a thrift store.

    • eyewrist says:

      I forgot. Asian (rice) noodles are great in that they need very little water to soften them, which takes about 4 “, to an edible state. Just add hoiuson or teriyaki sauce with a couple of ounces of meat or seafood… a great meal

      • Maureen says:

        That’s a great idea! I don’t even think the water needs to be hot does it?

        • eyewrist says:

          My friends always had not water but it was about a 8 to 10 oz. Let it sit & soak several minutes using a small strainer then rinse in cool water. You should have a couple of empty cans (8,6,4 oz size with at least one coffee can) painted black with that engine paint so when you are cooking in the solar oven the black will absorb the heat making cooking faster.

    • Maureen says:

      I really like that website!

      • eyewrist says:

        LOL, another raw food alternative and without chemicals as long as you don’t pick it near a chemical producing industry.

  5. Maureen says:

    yeah I need to make a solar oven…thanks for the reminder! Also dried vegies and the jerky sound good! I might break down and by a tiny cooler too at some point.

    • eyewrist says:

      All of these things use very little water if any. Save the H2O for drinking & bathing.. well “victory lap” as they used to call it.

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