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Are there any other young people I.e. teenage/early 20s who have a low income and struggle to maintain a good, consistent diet because you don't have the income to sustain it?

If so, how do you guys deal with this? Do you just eat less?

Thanks guys.

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dumpster diving helps me allot and so does food not bombs and foodstamps

I don't understand what you mean sorry? Can you explain.


Don't listen to sunshine, he's a bum. What I would do is look around (maybe google ''mexican markets *city*) and just shop around in general trying to find the places with the best prices for fruit. DO NOT EAT LESS! If you're going to eat less you're better off  going back to your previous diet.

Would you be able to email a day of diet Ted? I'm unsure of how much to eat and how often. If you could send me a plan of a day in your diet it would help a lot.

Reply if you can and I'll send my email.


the deal is every store throws away all it's food (based on dates and appearance) . if they don't have a compactor it is set in boxes in the dumpster behind the store.   
food not bombs collects these or asks the produce manager for them and takes to a location and prepares it for meals to serve homeless or anybody interested in vegan meals .  see food not bombs web site to see if one is near you
Nutritional assistance is a program of the gov that 1 in 6 people are on they give ~200$ a month for food depending in your family size etc.

don't let anybody tell you what to do or influence you by calling me static labels and make up your own mind but yes never under eat if you can help it quantity matters to stay carbed up

I think you are making the assumption that you can't eat well on a limited income but indeed you can.

Aside from dumpster diving which may not be accessible for many people, shopping around is a strategy you should employ. You will often find fruits (particularly bananas) that are very ripe are discounted heavily. Look out for fruits and vegetables that are on special.  When you buy in bulk you will frequently obtain a discount and don't be afraid to haggle when buying a large amount of a fruit or veggie. 

Another source of free calories is foraging for fruits that are in season in your area.

Here is a link to a podcast about dumpster diving which you find of interest;



Hey, I'm in exactly the same boat as you! Perhaps even more restricted (money-wise). I manage to get all I need for about $70 a week. I'd say that's the bare mininum anyone could get away with in Australia. If you're an American resident, it's a whole different story because there are wholesalers and fruit is just much cheaper in general (from what I've heard). Just use cronometer.com to work out your meals for the week ahead, plan and decide on a budget and then go and do your shopping. I find it helps to write a shopping list with exact amounts of everything you need and buy only what is on the list. That way you know what you're spending :)

Dumpster Dive, Look for boxes outside your local fruit store a couple hours before close, buy wholesale, buy bulk, make friends with a worker at Whole Foods and ask for any fruit/veg they'll throw away, buy bulk potatoes rice and bananas. You can truly eat for $5 a day (100% raw) if you buy bulk bananas and kale.



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